Iphone App for
Vitamin D Tracking
Get D Minder
Pro App for your Iphone or Ipad for just $1.99. This helps you track how much vitamin D you're
actually making for your skin color, weight, height, the amount of skin exposed
to the sun and is based on your geographic location in United States. It reminds
you when it's "solar noon".
This will help you to automatically calculate and track your Vitamin D based on
natural sun exposure!
Vitamin D Blood Testing We recommend
a Vitamin D Blood Test every 3
- 4 months to check your current levels. Aim for 80-90 ng/ml.
You are testing to see if you are deficient in Vitamin D, a powerful
You prick your finger and put a drop of blood on to some blotter
paper. You send the paper to a laboratory to be tested. These are
an alternative if you don’t want to go to your doctor just for a
vitamin D test, or if your insurance doesn’t cover a test. The test
involves sending small samples of blood to a laboratory. Vitamin D Kits can be used to test
Vitamin D levels
in both adults and children.
multiple functions: It is the major natural
antioxidant produced by the cells, participating directly in the
neutralization of free radicals, toxins and reactive oxygen species (products of
combustion in your body), as well as maintaining the effectiveness of
antioxidants you get in your diet or take by mouth such as Vitamins
C and E.
It regulates nitric oxide, which is deadly if unregulated.
It is important in DNA synthesis and repair, protein
synthesis, prostaglandin synthesis, detoxification, and enzyme activation.
Thus, glutathione affects every system in the body, especially the immune
system, the nervous system, the gastrointestinal system and the lungs.
It is vital for iron metabolism. Cells depleted of glutathione show iron
starvation and impairment of the enzymatic activity reliant on iron with rapid
A study out this year
showed that vitamin D
supplementation in rats dramatically increased the amount of glutathione in
the liver. The Vitamin D supplemented rats tripled the amount of
liver glutathione over the vitamin D deficient rats.
We know the liver is the major site of detoxification
and antioxidant activity, so certainly these finding portend well for
vitamin D sufficient persons with liver disease. We also know that vitamin
D increases glutathione in the brain, where it functions as listed above,
portending well for those with brain disease.
In addition, the Kechrid study showed the importance of
taking zinc together with vitamin D, as zinc deficient rats given
vitamin D did not make as much glutathione as zinc sufficient rats. The
incidence of low zinc intake in the world and its importance to the human
body is enormous.
Vitamin D is a critical
nutrient for optimal health and is best obtained from sun exposure or a safe
tanning bed. However, many are taking oral vitamin D, which may become
problematic unless you're also getting sufficient amounts of vitamin K2. Dr.
"When you take vitamin
D, your body creates more of these vitamin K2-dependent proteins, the
proteins that will move the calcium around. They have a lot of potential
health benefits. But until the K2 comes in to activate those proteins,
those benefits aren't realized. So, really, if you're taking vitamin D,
you're creating an increased demand for K2. And vitamin D and K2 work
together to strengthen your bones and improve your heart health.
... For so long, we've
been told to take calcium for osteoporosis... and vitamin D, which we
know is helpful. But then, more studies are coming out showing that
increased calcium intake is causing more heart attacks and strokes. That
created a lot of confusion around whether calcium is safe or not. But
that's the wrong question to be asking, because we'll never properly
understand the health benefits of calcium or vitamin D, unless we take
into consideration K2. That's what keeps the calcium in its right