Do you need to supplement vitamin D?

3 Things to UNLEARN about vitamin D

Did you know we need enough magnesium to make vitamin D? 

And supplementing it ironically depletes magnesium? 

Did you know vitamin D is actually a hormone? 

Have you been told your vitamin D is low? 

And now are being told to supplement it without getting to the root of WHY its low? 

Supplementation of this synthetic hormone could further perpetuate your symptoms. Low dietary magnesium and high D supplementation leads to calcification in the tissues. Calcium is a protective mineral- in excess it becoming numbing. (Hello calcium shell.) What is a calcium shell you ask? It is when calcium is extremely high on a hair test. There is quite literally a link between high calcium in the tissues and inability to express emotion. A calcium shell can also be a trauma response- a layer of protection. By design, your body is never working against you.

1) It's not a vitamin.

It’s actually a hormone. A hormone that comes in a storage form, and an active form, in which the active form plays a huge role in our immune response. The more important bio-active form gets overlooked because lab tests are typically done for storage D alone. This leads to inaccuracy because the storage form is mostly stored in the liver, but is being tested in the blood.

2) Low vitamin D is a sign of inflammation, not the cause.

What does it mean when we do test for Vitamin D, and our storage levels are low? When in a state of illness, the storage levels lower because the active D levels raise. This is in response to inflammation! When we supplement with synthetic D, we are taking in more of the storage form, meaning our body has to still convert it into active D, which is a magnesium dependent process. Magnesium deficiency can also cause inflammation creating a viscous cycle.

3) Vitamin D deficiency is a magnesium deficiency.

Several enzymes in hormone D metabolism require magnesium. When we supplement from a bottle, we actually use up more of our precious magnesium, which is needed for over 300 chemical reactions in the body! To make our own hormone D in the body, we need cholesterol, retinol, magnesium, and sunlight.

nothing gets out of balance

Supplemental D can deplete magnesium and potassium (mimicking stress) leading to electrolyte confusion. It also blocks the absorption of vitamin A (retinol). Retinol is needed to make copper bioavailable so it can regulate iron. When iron isn’t being chaperoned by copper into the blood it can accumulate in our tissues like our liver. When iron accumulates in the liver it BLOCKS the enzyme needed to make our own natural vitamin D! This leads to calcification in the tissues.

What to do instead?

  • Stop supplementing vitamin D if you are unsure WHY you are supplementing it
  • Focus on nutrient density from whole food sources
  • eat retinol rich fats like raw cream, grass-fed butter, pastured eggs
  • supplement magnesium or use topically
  • sunlight!
  • take a look at your minerals with a hair tissue mineral analysis test(HTMA)

How to make your own natural production of hormone D: 

Sunlight + cholesterol + magnesium

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