An estimated one billion people worldwide are deficient in Vitamin D3. With spring finally here, we now have the chance to fly off from under our shades and bask in the sun. But before we do that, it helps to know more about this sunshine vitamin.
Bob Gilpatrick and Rollie Culp discuss Vitamin D and its importance for your health. They identify some of the main causes of Vitamin D deficiency and what test you need to take to find out if your D levels are low. What is more, they also share some great ways to naturally increase Vitamin D in the body so you can bolster your body’s immune system, express genetics accurately, and increase energy.
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Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin
The Importance Of Vit. D For Your Health
It's estimated that one billion people worldwide are deficient in Vitamin D3. Bob and Larry discussed the sunshine vitamin and its importance for your health. They identify some of the main causes of Vitamin D deficiency and what tests you need to take to find out if your D levels are low. They also share some great ways to increase Vitamin D in the body naturally, so you can bolster your immune system, express genetics accurately and increase energy.
People will be getting out in the sun more now that the spring is here, not so much at Tropicana Field where the Rays play because it has a dome but we're talking about Vitamin D, which is the sunshine vitamin. The spring is here.
The first part of April 2021 is going to be a chance for people to be in the sun more and to be able to get more sunlight which helps to make Vitamin D. It is very important because we know that little more than 50% of the people in the United States are low in Vitamin D. We also know from studies related to COVID that 80% of the people that had to come to the hospital regarding COVID were low in Vitamin D.
I remember hearing the study saying that before they had any vaccine or any way to treat it, they were found because many people that came in with bad symptoms and were doing bad had very low D levels. One of the first things they said to do is increase the D levels to build yourself up.
We'll talk later about how it helps with the immune system but first, people ask, “What kind of symptoms would I have if I was low in Vitamin D?” This is nebulous because you could have some of these symptoms and it could mean you're low in Vitamin D, but it could also mean something else. Some of those symptoms are like having achy muscles and painful bones.
I heard Vitamin D is important for bone health, so that would make sense. Also, fatigue. We've seen that at Boomers Forever Young. We've noticed the issue with fatigue. I remember a story of one woman who had called us and she was fatigued, she couldn't leave the house.
She couldn't get up off the couch. We helped her with a lot of different nutrition products. She would not go and get her Vitamin D level checked. She was home. We kept after and kept after, and about a year later, she finally went and got it checked it was below twenty. It was way too low. I remembered she called and said, “It doesn't seem like I'm feeling any more energy after using the product for a while.” That's when we got on about having to get that checked and come to find.
She was low. It was at that point, she agreed to start taking Vitamin D3 in pill form. Within a week's time, she had her energy back and called us to tell us thank you. She was going out dancing with her friends that night. They're doing a celebratory dance night. It was a girl's night out. That was a few years ago. That hit home how important that is.
It was one of the things that you don't hear a lot. You hear about like they enrich milk with Vitamin D and they try to put Vitamin D in supplements, but what most people don't understand is, “How do I get deficient in the first place.” A lot of that comes from, as humans, we used to spend a lot more time outside. When we spend time outside, we would get Vitamin D that naturally occurs when the skin gets hit by the sun.
Now that we've moved to more of an inside lifestyle where most people work inside and spend more time inside with video games and TV, unfortunately, the D levels can drop. With sunscreen and things that people use to avoid getting cancer because of UV rays, it might cause more issues because you don't get enough T3 to maybe help keep that disease from coming. It's like a Catch 22. What do we do? How do we get our D3 up?
The thing about the sunlight is when the sun hits your skin, it interacts with cholesterol that makes pre-Vitamin D, then Vitamin D, and that gets stored and then used as it's needed. This is very good because that type of Vitamin D that you get from the sunlight is self-regulatory. You end up always having enough if you have enough sunlight, but not too much, because it will keep storing it instead of releasing it. If you're not going to be someone that's going to be in the sun, which is 99% of the people, you have a couple of choices.
You can eat lots of food that has Vitamin D in it like macro and sardines, Cod Liver Oil. There are also plants that have Vitamin D, but it's not Vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is what's in the plant sources. It's only about one-fifth as absorbable and usable as the form that would come from animal sources. Most of the supplements are coming from animal sources, but you can get Vitamin D that's coming from plant sources.
You need to use more of it so that you ended up getting enough. That's the whole situation that we find ourselves in here in 2021 is more than half the people are deficient because we're not in the sun anymore. More than half of the population is not taking in enough food with Vitamin D or supplements.
They ended up with these different symptoms, including one that you can be pretty sure you need to check your Vitamin D right away is if your head is always sweating, and also if you have trouble with wounds that are healing, you cut your hand, you cut your foot. You are having a hard time healing, one of the reasons could be that you're low in Vitamin D. I've heard that Vitamin D is good for your brain health.
It's also good for your immune system because if you get recurring infections, it could be that the reason is you're low in Vitamin D. Since half the people are, it's a very good thing to check it on right away. There's a lot of other good reasons to know your Vitamin D. Low Vitamin D can lead to a higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and also higher incidents of cancer and high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, on and on. The whole issue of Vitamin D stimulating your genes for expression.
We talked about that Vitamin D does a special role in the expression of the DNA. Your DNA holds the code for making all your proteins, which is what humans are. We're protein-making machines but the code is in your DNA, primarily in your nucleus. It's wrapped up and clothed in a sheath, and different stimulants will hit that sheath and splay open a spot where the portion of the gene that has the code that you need can be copied. Your RNA then copies it and comes out from the nucleus into the cell and creates the proteins.
Vitamin D, after it gets converted into a hormone, it's a steroid hormone that gets converted with your liver and your kidney, the hormone form is stimulating your genetic expression. Some studies show that it's almost 25% of the entirety of your genetic expression comes from the steroid hormone that was once Vitamin D.
If you're having issues related to genetic expression, sometimes when people get older, they have a hard time healing. They have a hard time with the immune system, it might have a lot to do with the role that plays in expressing the DNA. That's cool. The other thing is we know that there are certain issues with macular degeneration that look to be associated with Vitamin D.
That’s eye health. There's also been evidence in many studies of its relationship to autism. These are all the reasons why you would want to pay attention and get your blood tests done. The rate of autism has gone up in recent years. That's a clear correlation of half the people in America, including children are deficient in D3.
There's only one way to know if you're deficient in D3 because these symptoms we talked about could be from that, but could be from other things. They have to get a blood test to find out. As you find out, your level's going to be somewhere between say 15 and 100. The range that they will have at the lab tests, will be 20 to 100, but 20 is very low.
The studies are showing that if you want to have that full genetic expression, you need to have your level at 50 at a minimum. Ideally, between 50 and 70. You also want to be careful not to have too much because sometimes the people are very low, their doctor will give them 50,000 international units to quickly get their level up. Some people will think, “That's a good idea.
I'll take that much every day and more is better," but it's not because Vitamin D has a critical role in the absorption of calcium, magnesium, and the regulation of those minerals in your blood. If your Vitamin D goes way up past 100 to 120, now you're going to have trouble with regulating minerals. You don't want that because too much calcium in your blood is a big problem.
More is not necessarily better. Once you get to a certain point where your levels up to about 70, you want to try to keep it there. Depending on who you are, how much you weigh, you might need varying amounts. That's the way that it goes. For the test for Vitamin D, you have to ask for it. That's not in your normal pill anymore.
Most of the time, if you go to your doctor for blood tests, they're not going to check your Vitamin D. You can simply ask for it. Sometimes it comes with it if you ask. Sometimes you might have to pay a little bit more out of your own pocket, but it's well worth it based on all the things we're talking about here.
Especially with all the research about Vitamin D that the COVID pandemic has brought out and how important it is for not just the immune system, but the whole body, it needs to be repeated. Definitely, it gets your levels checked. Too low isn't good and too high isn't good either.
You want to get your level checked. If you are low and you need supplementation, then you can get Vitamin D. You can call us if you want, and we can get it for you from the Boomers Forever Young nutrition company. It is a very clean source. They will raise your levels, then you can get it checked again. See it 3, 4, or 5 months later. Make sure it hasn't gone too high, then if you find your sweet spot, you'll know exactly how much to take for yourself.
Everybody is different in that respect, depending on where they're living, how much they get outside. Age is an important factor in that. The older you are, the more trouble you have absorbed it. Also, the darker your skin is, the more trouble you have making Vitamin D from sunlight.
If you guys want to have any questions, we'll have information about this on LiveForeverYoungRadio.com. If you want to give us a call, maybe get an idea of what we have, it would be 1(800) 861-4609. What I was thinking about as we were talking about this is about 50% of America is low in this. That's a staggering number.
Two hundred million people in the United States. They say it's over two billion people worldwide that are deficient in Vitamin D. There's no reason for it. This is a study that came out. It was announced where these very high-level researchers, medical doctors were doing a study about Vitamin D and cancer. There was a woman who headed up the study from Brigham And Women's Hospital in Boston.
They reported this study in the prestigious medical journal. What they found was that people that got cancer and they had low levels of Vitamin D were far more likely to die of cancer than people that had the higher levels. They concluded through an extrapolation at the end of the study that if in the United States, every person over the age of 50 simply took 1,000 international units of Vitamin D per day, which is a very, fairly low amount, it would save 78,000 deaths per year in the United States from cancer. It came out at the last part of March 2021, the study was released.
It’s another correlation between another disease like COVID and cancer. The lower your D, the less your chances are of making it. The people that were involved in the study were astounded. They had no idea. It was that much of a relationship. They quickly did this extrapolation. They were like, “We could save at least 78,000 lives.” It begs the question of why they don't have D3 on every blood test that you take as normal.
Over time, enough evidence continues to come. There are studies being done on Vitamin D all over the world. Every day, more than 200 studies are released on the benefits of Vitamin D and the correlations between various health issues.
No wonder why we're learning so much more about it. That's much it for now. That's a quick overview of Vitamin D. There's a lot more to it, but the things that affected things that we hear a lot of, or what we always bring up. You can always get more information.
We'll have links for you on LiveForeverYoungRadio.com. Don't hesitate to check out some other videos where we talk about the same type of thing with different types of vitamins. Take a look.
Thank you, everybody, for reading.
Thank you, Larry, for being here with us.
We'll see you all in the next episode.