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doctor said i have low vitamin d ?

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Created March 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I'm a 17 year old guy that dose crossfit and eats fairly paleo i was curious to see what my blood work showed after starting paleo and everything was in great condition other than my vitamin D my doctor said its because of a lack of dairy in my diet after telling her about paleo she told me i was digging my self and early grave for osteoporosis and a bunch of other illnesses yet after telling her i feel better than ever she said its normal that you feel better because you go to the gym now. honestly I'm not sure if she knows what shes talking about but my question is this

should my vitamin D levels be lower because im on a paleo diet i heard that when you do paleo you don't have to take in as much calcium and other dairy related vitamins and minerals because when you don't eat grains those vitamins and minerals go directly into your body rather than getting absorbed by the grains

if any one has any help they could offer me with the whole vitamin D thing i would be very grateful

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:15 AM

thanks for the info il be sure to pick up some vitamin D and k2 im pretty sure im good on the vitamin A front

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Yeah--and how many folks here eat a pound of herring a day? I take 8,000 IU daily.

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I just baked about one pound of herrings and if fitday app is correct they had 8140IU of vitamin D, i would say that is plenty. Not much Vitamin A tho, but thats why theres offal :) I studied some book from local stone age people this area. They ate tons of seafood. Maybe thats how they got their vitamin d during the very dark and long winter.

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:39 PM

do you know your vit D level?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Good info, However, if you eat a fair amount of dairy and liver, you will not need to supplement A or K. More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Vitamin D is not found in any significant dose in any natural food, which is why the government tries to fortify milk and other products with it. In paleolithic times, you'd get over 10,000IU of vitamin D a day from being out in the sun (the body makes it's own vitamin D when UVB rays hits your skin and reacts with your cholesterol). If you work indoors all day or live in a colder climate, you absolutely must supplement with vitamin D with at least 2000IU for maintenance, if not more, depending on your next blood test.

I should also mention that what they consider a normal level of vitamin D (30 ng/mL) is also still too low. Newer studies suggest normal levels should be higher (above 50 ng/mL).

If you take vitamin D, you should take it with vitamin K2-MK7 (not K1 which is different) and vitamin A. Vitamin D makes you absorb more calcium and the K2 keeps the calcium out of your arteries and in your bones. The vitamin A will regulate the renewal of bone. These three vitamins work together synergistically.

http://www.healthy-vitamins-rx.com/html/vitamin-d-sun.html http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/heart/articles/2008/06/23/time-in-the-sun-how-much-is-needed-for-vitamin-d

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Good info, However, if you eat a fair amount of dairy and liver, you will not need to supplement A or K. More info at www.vitamindcouncil.org

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:14 PM

I just baked about one pound of herrings and if fitday app is correct they had 8140IU of vitamin D, i would say that is plenty. Not much Vitamin A tho, but thats why theres offal :) I studied some book from local stone age people this area. They ate tons of seafood. Maybe thats how they got their vitamin d during the very dark and long winter.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on March 20, 2012
at 04:32 PM

Yeah--and how many folks here eat a pound of herring a day? I take 8,000 IU daily.

E80bfc83257ad04ce5c98367c0bebee9

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on March 21, 2012
at 12:15 AM

thanks for the info il be sure to pick up some vitamin D and k2 im pretty sure im good on the vitamin A front

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:38 PM

I don't have all the answers to your questions, but I will say that I eat hardly any dairy (some cheese here and there), and my D level is considered "too high" by my doctor (it's around 82 I think). Are you taking a D3 supplement and/or getting enough sun? Dairy is not the only way to get vitamin D. I used to be extremely deficient, btw. :-)

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:44 PM

On the list of most generally offered resources for vitamin D is definitely daylight. Any time sun light reach the skin, creation of vitamin D starts off inside of the body system. In addition to contact with the sun, alternative methods to have vitamin D is certainly totally obvious - food. A lot of people consider that ingesting food resources for vitamin D is not needed due to the fact natural light is well obtainable and simply 15 to 20 minutes of contact with the sunlight is sufficient reduce vitamin D insufficiency. Nonetheless, modern day busy life-style which desire unpredictable employment timings impart us with short amount of time for natural light subjection. Not surprising, vitamin D insufficiency is normal in the metropolitan inhabitants. Limited vitamin D quantities may make the bone tissues breakable and also boost the chance of weak bones. Every one of these medical issues may be averted by simply adding food resources for vitamin D throughout the diet regime. Several of the food items rich in low levels Vitamin D are actually mentioned down below:

Excellent Food Resources for Vitamin D

Seafoods

Merely a handful of kinds of fish are discovered to possess tremendous amount of vitamin D. Fish for instance tuna, spanish mackerel, trout and also sardines are generally loaded with vitamin D. These kinds of oily fish and also grouped as food items high in vitamin D. In terms of maximum vitamin D concentrations inside fish, trout is certainly a guaranteed success.

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:34 PM

If you are eating Paleo & strength training, then I would say getting sufficient calcium to prevent osteoporosis is not going to be the issue. Having adequate Vitamin D levels is probably more important from the standpoint of immune system regulation.

As others have pointed out, traditionally, we would have made plenty of Vitamin D from sun exposure. This underscores an important point. There's a difference between just eating Paleo and living a Paleo lifestyle, which includes factors like adequate sleep, appropriate movement & exercise, and sun exposure. All of which need to be considered for health & longevity.

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:40 PM

One of my doctors (my anti aging doctor, not my family doctor) actually introduced me to Paleo so I would say that some give good dietary advice. I was D deficient before I went Paleo and he said that I should take 5000iu of D3 per day and get outside more.

I think there are a multitude of reasons to take D3 supplements. It is cheap and I can't really see any reason not to.

For calcium I think you just need to eat lots of spinach and other veggies. While I don't agree with everything on this list (for obvious reasons) maybe this will help: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/12-vegetables-high-in-calcium.html

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Paleo and vitamin D3 are different stories. Don't blame paleo for this Most people don't get enough vitamin D3 even if you live close to equator- this is due to several factored one of which is the use of too much sunscreen. You need to take D3 supplements. My husband and I take at least 5000 IU per day and my kids at least 2000 IU. Nothing to do with having dairy either. IHerb has a really good emulsified 2000 IU drops that works great. Also D3 will protect you from several cancer types so long you have enough inside your body. Check out vitamindcouncil.org and Dr. Michael Holick 's books.

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Milk is a poor source of vitamin D. I mean, there's some, but to get the required amount you need to drink a gallon of it. That's not something you wanna do on a paleo diet.

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Vitamin D is made (normally) by spending time outside. Most people are believed to be Vit D deficient, you are not alone, Paleo or not.

If you cannot get enough via being outside or diet then Vit D3 supplementation may be an option.

Never take dietary advice from a Doctor!

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