Vitamin D – an easy to get Home Test Kit

No doubt you’ve heard about the importance of Vitamin D.  It’s been all over the news.  Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to several cancers including breast, colon, and prostate cancer, along with multiple sclerosis, diabetes, obesity, the health of babies in the womb, heart disease, the flu, incontinence in women, etc.   The list continues to grow.

Are you deficient in Vitamin D?  There is a high likelihood that you are.  Here is a link to a group doing a massive Vitamin D study.  They will send a test kit directly to your home.  The fee is $60.    www.grassrootshealth.net

Once at the site, scroll all the way down to the “Join Now” link to sign up for your test kit. They will email you the results of your test.

Optimal Vitamin D blood levels are currently being debated.  The healthy range, depending on where you get your information, is between 40-80 ng/mL and higher may even be better.  40 is considered the minimum for health. 60-80 ng/mL is probably better. In the clinic I work for we see many patients whose vitamin D levels are in the teens and 20’s – terribly low!

The current RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for Vitamin D is 400 IU’s per day. This is woefully low, and studies like the one linked above are proving this. Most now believe that 1,000-2,000 IU’s is the minimum you should take per day. I take 5,000 IU’s in the winter and 2,000 IU’s in the summer.

Ideally we should all be getting our Vitamin D from the sun.   But depending on where you live or how often you get out into the sun, it can be difficult to get what we need.  Supplementing seems like good insurance.

One last note: Vitamin D can be toxic at very high levels. It is recommended that everyone get tested to avoid over supplementing.

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