New Ways To Boost Vitamin D (Boost Immunity And Build Bones Naturally)
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Do you have any idea how much vitamin D you should get for optimal health? Don’t fret—the scientific community doesn’t really know either! But….we can take advantage of what we do know!
Why is Vitamin D important?
Vitamin D is needed to support bones, nerves, digestion, and your immunity. IF you are fatigued, have muscle weakness or suffer from hair loss…you could be low in Vitamin D. In fact, if levels of D are too low, there is an increased risk of certain cancers like breast and lung. The fact is…Between 30% to 80% of US adults are experiencing symptoms related to a vitamin D deficiency.
Altern Ther Health Med, May-Jun2008
How much is enough?
Most researchers have found vitamin D serves a preventive role when plasma levels are over 30, ng/dl. So often insurance companies will not pay for vitamin D blood tests – so bypass all of that and for under $70 you can find out your levels. The dietitians at CNIQ recommend an easy at-home test kit that includes the test, scientific analysis, and a laboratory report all included in the price.
Trends Cancer Res, Oct 2018
Foods that Contain Vitamin D
Tip #1 – Eat more mushrooms—they are the only vegan, unfortified food source of vitamin D. And exposing mushrooms to UV light can increase their D levels by over 4000%! Wild mushrooms are exposed to sunlight naturally…but more commercially grown mushrooms ARE being treated with UV light. When you’re at the grocery store, look for the brand Monterey Mushrooms- this Company distributes UV-treated mushrooms to 48 states in the US.
J Food Comp Analysis, Sep 2015
Tip #2 – Eat egg yolks from pasture-raised or free-range chickens. You’ll get up to 400% more vitamin D than conventionally raised chicken eggs. Now here is where the value of a personalized nutrition plan from CNIQ comes in: If you are worried about melanoma, eggs offer protection so this recommendation to help boost your D levels is gonna make sense; but if you are concerned about breast cancer, eggs are a risk factor—so increasing egg intake is probably not how you want to boost your D levels. You can learn more about how to order our personalized plans at the end of this clip.
Nutr, Apr 2014
Tip #3 – Take a vitamin D supplement with healthy oils like avocado or olive oil. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that it needs an oil base for better absorption. If you’re the kind of person who slams down all your supplements in the morning with coffee and a jelly bagel, you won’t get much vitamin D into your system. Taking vitamin D with your evening meal might make more sense.
Tip #4 – Consume more Lactobacillus paracasei. That was a mouthful! If your personalized nutrition plan includes fermented dairy foods like yogurt or kefir, this is the easiest way to get Lactobacillus paracasei bacteria. If you choose to take a supplement, make sure you find one that contains the right strain – one brand you might consider is Floracil 50.
Annals of Microbiology, Oct 2021
And…For more advice about probiotic supplements, check out my youtube clip on how to choose a great probiotic.