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.
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