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How Does Vitamin D Help Your Immune System?

Vitamin D is an Essential Nutrient

Research shows that Vitamin D is an essential nutrient. Sufficient Vitamin D is necessary for proper immune function, cardiovascular health, bone growth and repair and overall wellness and prevention.

What is Vitamin D Deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency means you are not taking in your body’s required amounts of Vitamin D to be healthy.

Are You Deficient In Vitamin D?

Research shows most people now are deficient in Vitamin D due to reduced sun exposure (limited time outdoors, clothing, sunscreen). Vitamin D deficiency can be checked for by doing a blood test.  25 ng/ml is the minimum recommended level of Vitamin D, however optimal levels of Vitamin D are closer to 45-50 ng/ml. Consult with your local Fort Collins chiropractor at Square ONE to find out if you are deficient in Vitamin D.

Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency

Causes of Vitamin D deficiency can include:

  • Being elderly
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having dark skin
  • Not eating much fish or dairy
  • Living far from the equator where there is little sun year-round
  • Always using sunscreen when going out
  • Staying indoors
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical conditions

What Are The Symptoms Of Low Vitamin D?

Symptoms of low Vitamin D can include:

  • Frequently becoming sick, especially with colds or the flu
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Bone and back pain
  • Depression
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Bone loss
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain

Is Vitamin D Deficiency Serious?

Vitamin D deficiency can be serious, it may cause compromised immunity and is associated with several other health conditions.  

What Happens If Vitamin D Is Too Low?

Research shows that if Vitamin D is too low, it can cause immune system compromise and dysfunction. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteoporosis, increased cancer rates, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other endocrine diseases, infections and autoimmune disorders, mental health and learning disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders including autism, MS, dental carriers and periodontal disease, respiratory diseases, skin disorders and women’s health issues. 

How Much Vitamin D Should You Take?

If you’re considering taking Vitamin D, first consult with your local Fort Collins chiropractor at Square ONE. 1000 IUs of vitamin D3 per every 40 lbs of body weight is ideal. 1000-2000 IUs daily for children and 4000-5000 IUs daily for adults. Your Fort Collins chiropractor can help you know how much Vitamin D you should take, and also help you find any other contributing factors to your symptoms, so that you can achieve your optimal health.  

Amount of Recommended Vitamin D3 By Weight Chart

Weight (lbs) 40 80 120 160 200 240 280
Vitamin D3 Dose (IUs) 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000

Vitamin D Once A Week vs Daily

Research shows that taking Vitamin D once a week (mega doses, bolus doses), is not only ineffective but can lead to immune system compromise.  Taking Vitamin D daily  can increase immune system function and significantly reduces the risk of viral respiratory infections, even in the elderly.

Vitamin D Deficiency Treatment Fort Collins

Vitamin D deficiency treatment can include taking a Vitamin D supplement daily, increasing sun exposure, and making dietary changes. Consult with your local Fort Collins chiropractor at Square ONE to ensure you get the best treatment for Vitamin D deficiency. Your Fort Collins chiropractor can help you find any other contributing factors to your symptoms, so that you can achieve your optimal health.

Call your local Fort Collins chiropractor at Square ONE today to get help from our medical experts and top-rated doctors.  Square ONE uses a highly personalized and comprehensive approach that centers on Chiropractic BioPhysics, the most proven therapy for non-surgical spine correction. Square ONE offers chiropractic care to the Fort Collins area. Square ONE has treatment options for pain relief, spine correction and structural restoration and wellness care for those seeking to continue to function at optimal levels once their problem is corrected.

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