Vitamin D Supplements: Solution, or Not?
As we discussed in part I of this series on vitamin D deficiency, all this research might make you want to run out and purchase a bottle of Vitamin D supplements, or go to work on your tan. This way, you can ensure that the health of your thyroid is intact, right? While this type of alternative or natural medicine is a good start, it is not that simple. This body of research is only one piece of the puzzle that we might take into account when we are working out a treatment plan for you. There are other, important aspects of this health issue that must be kept in mind as well.
Bodily Functions Affect Vitamin D Absorption
A variety of different functions have been shown to affect the way Vitamin D is absorbed by the body.
- A leaky gut, which is commonly found in people who have reduced thyroid function,
- a lack of fat in the diet since it aids in the absorption of Vitamin D
- high levels of cortisol
- many popular medications
These have all been linked to a reduction how effectively this vitamin being absorbed by the body.
Next, we will address how to test your body’s Vitamin D levels and go into detail on the debate over what a “normal” Vitamin D level is.
See Part III of our Vitamin D Series