Vitamin D Has A Tremendous Impact On The Thyroid But Especially Those Who Suffer With Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroid
Part I of this series detailed the importance of using a holistic and natural approach to Vitamin D deficiencies. Part II then addressed supplements and how your bodily functions can impact absorption. So then, how do we measure these Vitamin D levels and what, if anything, is “normal?”
I have put together a video on other vitamins that are critical for Thyroid function as well as hair and nails this video can be viewed here
Testing for Vitamin D Levels
You might think that testing your Vitamin D levels is a good idea, and we would agree with you. However, we also believe that this is only the first step in getting to the root of the issue. We want you to realize that this testing step is not the end-all, be-all of this health problem. Indeed, it is possible to have normal levels of Vitamin D in your blood and still experience a deficiency of this vitamin. Many people have a genetic condition affects the functionality of the Vitamin D receptor, making the biologic activity of the vitamin reduced. This means you will need to have higher levels of Vitamin D in your blood than the norm in order to maintain healthy bodily functions.
Pinpointing Where your Levels Should Be Isn’t Easy
Research has not been able to adequately answer the question of what your ideal levels should be, as frustrating as this can be. There are the researchers who have concluded that the standard level of 35 ng/mL is optimum for the average person. Other researchers, however, looking at the exact same data, have drawn the conclusion that a level of 50 ng/mL is actually more appropriate. While it might not seem like there is a huge difference between the recommendations, depending on the individual it can be a huge difference. Toxic levels of Vitamin D often have corresponding low levels of other vitamins such as K2 and A. Bone loss is also experienced at higher levels of Vitamin D supplementation.
In our last post for this series, we will reveal the ideal Vitamin D dosage and also touch on how other supplements can impact Thyroid Disorders.