Updated to reflect the most update information on Vitamin D- March 21-2020 by Dr Richard Hagmeyer DC,CFMP
Vitamin D Supplements: Solution, or Not?
There are many causes of vitamin D Deficiency that should be considered when you have levels that come back low on bloodwork- All of these are important to someone suffering with Thyroid disease.
As we discussed in part I of this series on vitamin D deficiency, all this research might make you want to run out and purchase a bottle of Vitamin D supplements, or go to work on your tan. This way, you can ensure that the health of your thyroid is intact, right?
While this type of alternative or natural medicine is a good start, it is not that simple. There are many factors that can affect Vitamin D absorption.
This body of research is only one piece of the puzzle that we might take into account when we are working out a treatment plan for you. There are other, important aspects of this health issue that must be kept in mind as well.
11 Factors that Can Affect Your Vitamin D Absorption
A variety of different functions have been shown to affect the way Vitamin D is absorbed by the body.
- A leaky gut, which is commonly found in people who have reduced thyroid function,
- Weight- Obesity is correlated with low vitamin D levels and that being overweight may affect the bioavailability of vitamin D.
- Amount of Fat you eat in your diet- a lack of fat in the diet will cause Vitamin D Deficiency
- Gut Health-conditions that affect the gut and digestion, like celiac disease, chronic pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, and cystic fibrosis, can reduce vitamin D absorption.
- Aging-older people have lower levels of the substance in the skin that UVB light converts into the vitamin D precursor, and there’s experimental evidence that older people are less efficient vitamin D producers than younger people
- high levels of cortisol
- Many popular medications- statins, antidepressants, acid blockers,
- Use of Sunscreen
- Color of your Skin-dark-skinned people tend to require more UVB exposure than light-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D.
These have all been linked to a reduction how effectively this vitamin being absorbed by the body.
Watch my latest video that explains “10 steps to supporting your thyroid naturally”
Next, we will address how to test your body’s Vitamin D levels and go into detail on the debate over what a “normal” Vitamin D level is.
Missed one of the Vitamin D Articles? People Who Read This Article Also Read Vitamin D Series?
- Part I of Our Vitamin D Series
- Part II of Our Vitamin D Series
- Part III of Our Vitamin D Series
- Part IV of Our Vitamin D Series
- 10 Steps To Supporting Your Thyroid Naturally| Dr. Hagmeyer