Go outsiDe

Posted on April 6, 2011. Filed under: Nutrition | Tags: , , , , |

Let me say I respect all fields of the health profession, honestly I do.  alternative or otherwise I respect you.  I may not agree with them majority of the time, but I do respect them.

I was recently asked if supplemented vitamin D.  I told them no, when asked why I simply explained, I go outside.

I was then . . informed how this was not enough.  And that we are all Vitamin D deficient and needed to supplement, and other fun statements.  I listened carefully.  For though I have heard this statement before and had already read up on the books, you never know when you might hear a different take on the info.

For those not familiar there is a book called “the UV advantage,” came out in 2005 I believe.  This book could be seen as the one that really started the publicizing of the need for Vitamin D.

And I agree, Vitamin d is important.  When I wa a child growing up in Alaska, it was very important to get our dose of vitamin D in the winter.  So every morning mom had u take a great big tablespoon of cod liver oil.  Mint flavored, yum 😛

But once spring came, the liver oil went away, why?  We were going outside.

When I hear colleagues speak about vitamin D I can’t help but get a de-ja-vu feeling.  It sounds exactly the same as the hype that was about the supplementation of Zinc-Magnesium.

When Zinc-Mag or ZMA, made the scene they found athletes who supplemented with it improved performance.  Soon you had coaches and nutritionists, singing it’s praises.  It was a wonder supplement, a natural testosterone booster, an ergogenic aid.  In the end it jut turned out that hard training people, such as athletes, often are depleted in Zinc, and Magnesium.  Once the need is met, there is no additional benefit.

And I honestly feel it will be the same for Vitamin D.  Take a step back and really think about it.  How much time do we really spend outside anymore?  How much time do kids spend outside anymore?  Unless they are involved in some outdoor league or sport, chances are not much.

So if you don’t spend any time outside, than yes, you will be deficient.  And yes supplementing Vitamin D will help.  But please don’t think it’s a miracle pill.  It’s not even a vitamin.  It’s  a metabolic product, calcitriol, technically it’s a secosteroid hormone.

Oh, fun side note .  Vitamin D also  has co-factors that the body needs in order to utilize vitamin D properly. They are:

  • magnesium
  • zinc
  • boron
  • vitamin A

Magnesium is the most important of these co-factors.

According to the Vitamin D council, no I’m not making them up, it is common for rising vitamin D levels to exacerbate an underlying magnesium deficiency. If one is having problems supplementing with vitamin D, a magnesium deficiency could be the reason why.

Which means, no one supplement is the answer.  a balanced healthy lifestyle is always going to end up being the path you should be on.  However if you want to test your Vit D levels the test you want to ask for is 25 (hydroxy) D. That’s 25-hydroxyvitamin D, not 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D


In the mean time, go outside.  If you don’t have time, or live in my old hometown during the winter time.  Feel free to supplement.   When looking for a Vitamin D supplement, choose the D3 form. Gelcaps are probably best. Liquids are favored by some. Since D is fat soluble, take with foods containing a little fat to optimize absorption. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids are best.

Or there is always Cod liver oil.  Delivers 1,360 IU per tablespoon, and now come in citrus flavor.  Yum  :)

Best Health,

Coach W


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