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The 7-Day Wellness Challenge: Wellness Tip #5 (Why Your Health May Be at Risk)

tablet-428328__180 Welcome to Day #5 of our 7-Day Wellness Challenge. Each day for the next 3 days, you’ll receive a Simple Wellness Tip that Will Silence Your Inner Critic and Rock Your World!

Wellness Tip #5: Consider a Vitamin D Supplement for Optimal Health.

We talked in the previous Wellness Tip about the benefits of Vitamin D. Adequate Vitamin D levels contribute to the health of virtually every cell in our bodies and likely decrease our risk of serious health issues.

We also mentioned that it may be hard to get enough Vitamin D from the sun since we are rarely out in the sun without sunscreen, and northern latitudes and cloudy days provide very little–if any–Vitamin D exposure.

Many Vitamin D experts believe that it is very difficult for virtually anyone to get enough Vitamin D without taking a daily supplement. They feel that many people are Vitamin D deficient and don’t realize it.

Low Vitamin D levels can put us at risk for suboptimal wellness. I have studied this subject in great detail, because I feel that it was my low Vitamin D levels that put me at significant risk for developing multiple sclerosis.

As a result, I believe that it is very important for us to know our levels of Vitamin D so that we can make a wise choice about whether to take a Vitamin D supplement, and what daily dose we should be taking.

The Experiment: Ask your health care provider to check your Vitamin D level with a blood test. You can also check your levels with a home kit. Most informed providers will want your level to be between 40-60+ ng/mL (make sure you get a copy of your results, so you know what your actual number is!). If it is low, you will need to work with your provider as to the best Vitamin D supplement you should take to bring your levels up and keep them where they need to be for optimal health.

Wellness Tip #5: Consider a Vitamin D Supplement for Optimal Health.

Silence Your Inner Critic: You may think that you don’t have time for a blood test or you don’t like to be poked with a needle. Let those thoughts pass with a gentle breath. You can do this experiment! Your unimportant thoughts don’t have to rule your health.

Rock Our World with Your Comments: After you get your levels tested, let us know in the Comments below what they were and what your health care provider recommended. (And, don’t forget to keep a copy of your results.)

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    Shana Morell Stadler


    Something else very interesting to me is that people with cancer have very low levels of vitamin D. Almost always. My husband died of colon caner in Oct. 2012 after a long illness. This was most certainly something that we could have looked into had we known several years before his stage IV illness was found. He had a flat tumor which is not easily found through regular screening. Flat tumors are deadly because they are small and not easily found in time to treat successfully. I take a vitamin D3 supplement daily (l,000 to 2,000 mg) depending upon what your level is through blood testing. I like the lemon gummies that you can get at health food stores and places like Fresh Market or Earthfare.


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      Patty Bilhartz


      You are right that low Vitamin D levels have been associated with many diseases. Glad you are taking your supplement.


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    I think it is so strange and even oddly irresponsible when we do not ask for a copy of our blood work -results. Most everyone I know will say that they had a problem with whatever and the dr. said their blood work was ok. When we don’t inquire any more information and blindly trust what the nurse or dr. says it just doesn’t make sense. ‘t is our job since it is our body to google normal results for whatever the problem is (thyroid levels, vitamin D, iron, etc.) and then decide to ask for a supplement based on our findings. I have found that many times I was not within the normal range but was told I was – it was astounding to me. I have never had a dr. turn me down when I shared my concerns calmly and then asked what the documentation indicated. Communication is key and I don’t know why we are afraid to ask question s and do our own research. Our doctors are so busy seeing and treating extreme problems with so many patients everyday that we can fall through the cracks it we aren’t off the charts in our numbers. We can’t depend on anyone but ourselves to be responsible for our health. Our Doctor is key in helping us but not the sole person to know all. Once when my thyroid keep being low and I was so tired all the time, it was in the 4 range my dr. was going by “old norms” where anything up to a 5 was normal. About 10 years ago, new norms were published and it was anything in the 3 or 4 range can be treated depending upon your symptoms ad some of your other blood work. Use google and educate yourself before you go to the Doctor. Then, get a copy of your results as Dr. Patty says and then go home and google and read and then ask your dr. if you think something is still not being treated that should be addressed.


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