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Vitamin D deficiency - what's the best strategy?

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Created August 14, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I was diagnosed with a severe vitamin D deficiency after a harsh winter (slept during the day because I participated in a contest to win a car. I won the car, I lost my health, and basically all the rest too) : my level was 9.

I know there's A LOT of information about vitamin D here, but it's very confusing. Some say cod liver oil is bad, some say you need vitamin K2 too, some say vitamin A is bad, ...

I just don't know what to do. I'm on Bee's Candida Diet, which recommends quite some supplements (eg. I take 1200IU of Vitamin D, 30.0000IU of Vitamin A in cod liver oil). Everything I read about Vitamin A makes me worry a lot though. I what I'm supplementing wrong?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 20, 2012
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Based on my experiences you'd say beta-carotene is toxic. I feel very, very, very cold after every meal high in it, but don't get it from retinol.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Healthy Origins is pretty cheap too, but I like Now Foods more because it's smaller.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Kinda weird. I first thought it had a horrible smell, some months later I had to keep myself from eating it or I would gulp down a pound of it at every meal.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 15, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Retinol from animal sources is the toxic form.

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on August 16, 2011
at 04:59 PM

One thing women in particular should consider is still protecting the face from sun exposure. There no undoing the deep skin changes of UV exposure. A vast number of women start wishing they had been more careful starting in their thirties. Damage is the same for men, of course. But the weathered look works better with us.

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on August 15, 2011
at 10:55 AM

you may have come across this site, and I'm wary to share it because this guy is the type of alarmist that would make your ass pinch shut and I normally can't stand him. but here goes: http://www.naturalnews.com/vitamin_d.html

C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Unfortunately, this isn't a viable option for those of us who spend our winters in the Pacific Northwet.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on August 14, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I'm with Yvette. 3 months of 10k per day. Retest.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on August 14, 2011
at 03:07 PM

upvoted back to zero

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on August 14, 2011
at 03:07 PM

why was this downvoted? that's a legit link.

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:44 PM

the butter has to be pastured--grassfed--in order to have that K, right? otherwise, I think you could eat bone marrow for it instead.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:41 PM

I get as much sun as possible, though I don't go outside if the weather is bad. I could get outside more, but what's the point? I think I'm gonna try to find an outside activity that I like. I should start playing soccer again, or find something else to do.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Are you sure magnesium is bad for vitamin D? I thought it was the other way around?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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It moderately descreases the absorbtion of vit D3. Take them 3-4 hours apart so you get your maximum D3 bioavailability.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:59 AM

Gonna supplement 5000 IU daily, and will try to eat ghee once in a while, but I can't stand the odor.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:59 AM

What? Does magnesium reduce vitamin D absorption? I take magnesium too (thought it helped vitamin D absorption...). Right now there's no sun, but I stay in the sun for hours when there is any. My face has been red from the sun all week :D. And about clothing : I never wear anything else than shorts ^^

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:52 AM

Great ingredients list in the Now Foods brand :). I'm gonna buy that one. Normally I listen to Bee for everything, but I need to look a bit more into all this... My vitamin A intake is really high ...

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:04 AM

Lots of great info at the Vitamin D Council.

My n=1 experience was that supplementing a bit over the suggested maintenance dose of 1,000 IUs of D3 per 25 lbs of body weight got me up to high sufficiency in a year. I took 8,000 IUs. Less would have been fine. I weigh 125lbs.

I now take 4-6,000 IUs of D3 daily, liver once a week, pastured butter daily (for K) and Neptune Krill Oil 1000 mg daily (for Omega 3.) Haven't been sick in almost 2 years!

I avoid cod liver oil--way too much vitamin A! Not a physiological amount, IMO.

Read this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/58067/cod-liver-oil-and-vitamin-ad-ratios-clarification#axzz1Uy7pTws4 and this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/1096/cod-liver-oil-and-vitamin-a-are-toxic#axzz1Uy7pTws4

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:59 AM

Gonna supplement 5000 IU daily, and will try to eat ghee once in a while, but I can't stand the odor.

F52b51135f2c47eb46c986fdc9760b9b

(180)

on August 14, 2011
at 02:44 PM

the butter has to be pastured--grassfed--in order to have that K, right? otherwise, I think you could eat bone marrow for it instead.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Kinda weird. I first thought it had a horrible smell, some months later I had to keep myself from eating it or I would gulp down a pound of it at every meal.

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11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

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on August 14, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Get out in the sun mid day every day for awhile. Without burning, of course. Do it now while the sun is still high in the sky mid day. Your primary goal should be safe sun exposure, not supplements. There are other biochemical reactions beyong vit D that happen with UV exposure.

You probably can benefit from animal based vitamin A. But there's no reason to tie that your D deficiency.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on August 14, 2011
at 01:41 PM

I get as much sun as possible, though I don't go outside if the weather is bad. I could get outside more, but what's the point? I think I'm gonna try to find an outside activity that I like. I should start playing soccer again, or find something else to do.

C5c3a1fb34a486366e45afbb5eaaca05

(453)

on August 14, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Unfortunately, this isn't a viable option for those of us who spend our winters in the Pacific Northwet.

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on August 16, 2011
at 04:59 PM

One thing women in particular should consider is still protecting the face from sun exposure. There no undoing the deep skin changes of UV exposure. A vast number of women start wishing they had been more careful starting in their thirties. Damage is the same for men, of course. But the weathered look works better with us.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:25 AM

You can take 8000 to 10,000 I.U.s of Vit D3 a day - do not take with high magnesium foods or supplements as it deminishes absorbsion. ditch all sunscreen products and take off your shirt, wear shorts and get as much skin exposed for like 10 to 15 mins a day. There are also prescription drugs that completely kill the Vit D cycle. So if you are on meds, research their possible interactions with D3.

In the winter, be like that pet that lays in the sunbeam through a window.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on August 14, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Are you sure magnesium is bad for vitamin D? I thought it was the other way around?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 14, 2011
at 01:06 PM

It moderately descreases the absorbtion of vit D3. Take them 3-4 hours apart so you get your maximum D3 bioavailability.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 15, 2011
at 10:55 AM

you may have come across this site, and I'm wary to share it because this guy is the type of alarmist that would make your ass pinch shut and I normally can't stand him. but here goes: http://www.naturalnews.com/vitamin_d.html

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:59 AM

What? Does magnesium reduce vitamin D absorption? I take magnesium too (thought it helped vitamin D absorption...). Right now there's no sun, but I stay in the sun for hours when there is any. My face has been red from the sun all week :D. And about clothing : I never wear anything else than shorts ^^

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on August 14, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I'm with Yvette. 3 months of 10k per day. Retest.

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:19 AM

Oh and if you're paleo on a budget, I'd suggest the Now Foods Vitamin D-3 5,000 IU. Pretty cheap and good stuff (otherwise Robb Wolf wouldn't use it himself, see his post 'My training at 39')

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:52 AM

Great ingredients list in the Now Foods brand :). I'm gonna buy that one. Normally I listen to Bee for everything, but I need to look a bit more into all this... My vitamin A intake is really high ...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Healthy Origins is pretty cheap too, but I like Now Foods more because it's smaller.

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:17 AM

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on August 14, 2011
at 02:16 PM

I think the fear of vitamin A is not based on true vitamin A from animal products , but Beta carotene which can be toxic. Before this fear of vitamin A became a thing I took 25,000 IU of VA during each of my four pregnancy's. Nothing happened adversly. Check out the Weston Price organization for a good deal of evidence based information. http://www.westonaprice.org/

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at 03:07 PM

why was this downvoted? that's a legit link.

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on August 14, 2011
at 03:07 PM

upvoted back to zero

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on September 15, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Retinol from animal sources is the toxic form.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 20, 2012
at 01:09 PM

Based on my experiences you'd say beta-carotene is toxic. I feel very, very, very cold after every meal high in it, but don't get it from retinol.

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on September 20, 2012
at 08:06 AM

Fortified Dairy products

Vitamin D just isn't a natural nutritional inside standard milk. For this reason, vitamin D is certainly added in. Commercially made available cow milk, soy milk and also rice milk obtainable in bottles are seen to come with vitamin D.

Cod liver fish oil

Cod liver oil has additionally been included in the listing of food supplies of vitamin D. In addition to currently being a splendid source of vitamin D, it is usually discovered to be rich in additional wellness maximizing nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin A as well as omega3 efa's.

Egg Yolk

Egg yolk is available in the selection of all-natural food resources of vitamin D. Nevertheless, it's not a great choice for everyone affected by high-cholesterol.

Nevertheless, fresh fish is certainly one of the top food resources of vitamin D, cooking food correctly prior to ingesting it is suggested to stop an array of parasitic disease. Aside from preparing food over high temperatures, make sure you steer clear of deep frying, preferably select baked or perhaps barbequed fish for healthier preparing food.

resource - vitaminddeficiencysymptomsguide.com

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