For those of you taking vitamin D supplements – knowledge is power so I want to share a little something with you. This hair analysis graph is of someone who has a history of taking vitamin D3 supplements. For me, it’s pretty obvious without even knowing this due to the high calcium, low potassium, and low boron on their hair analysis report. And this pattern isn’t an isolated incident, it’s a pattern that I see in 75-80% of my hair analysis clients!
Why is high calcium, low potassium, and low boron important? Because it can literally make you feel like crap.
How Vitamin D Supplements Influence Your Hair Tissue Mineral Balance
Vitamin D (technically a hormone or messenger in your body) does several things that change your mineral imbalance in an unfavorable way:
First, vitamin D tells your body to absorb more calcium from your food, so the presence of vitamin D in the bloodstream means that the person taking vitamin D supplements is going to absorb more calcium from their food than someone who isn’t taking vitamin D supplements.
For the very rare person, a tiny bit of vitamin D might be helpful if they happen to be low in calcium (most people have plenty), but it’s still not preferred, and no-one really takes just a little bit of vitamin D for a short while. Most people start taking quite a bit and do that as a life sentence. This can quickly create chronically high calcium levels and that leads to calcification of your body (think stiffness among other undesirable things, like back pain, joint issues, osteoporosis).  High calcium is also not good for your thyroid health, it SLOWS things down, but more on that in a minute.
The next thing vitamin D does is it lowers potassium levels.  This can cause a whole host of symptoms such as:
-Weakness, tiredness, or cramping in arm or leg muscles
-Numbness and/or tingling
-Excess water consumption
-Nausea or vomiting
-Abdominal cramping and/or bloating
-Fainting due to low blood pressure
-Heart palpitations (irregular heart beat)
Low potassium isn’t exactly what most people want. It also affects your thyroid ratio your energy ratio as I call it in hair analysis, which I’ll get to shortly.
The third way vitamin D effects your mineral levels is by lowering boron levels. Research suggests that boron has a whole host of fantastic benefits when you get enough in your diet like: healthy bones, improved wound healing, increased levels of sex steroids, increased vitamin D levels (or vitamin D deficiency prevention), improved magnesium absorption, anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-cancer effects. 
All of these mineral changes that are caused by vitamin D supplementation (D2 and D3) are not exactly favorable, so if you’re going to take a supplement it’s good to not only understand why you’re taking it but also make sure that it’s going to have a positive effect on what is going on in your body. And there are several other ways to work to get your vitamins D levels up without actually taking a vitamin D supplement.
The Thyroid Ratio
Now the most important part, your thyroid ratio or how you actually FEEL. I’m talking about things like:
-Low body temperature
–Blood sugar issues (hypoglycemia)
–Sluggish thyroid function
One of the true ways to really assess how a person is feeling is by looking at their thyroid ratio on a hair analysis (calcium to potassium level). The desired ratio is pretty simple it’s just the ratio between their calcium and potassium levels and we want the ratio to be around a 4 (this person’s ratio was over 70, but it’s not rare to see it around 300!). So if you’re taking vitamin D which is raising calcium levels and lowering potassium you’re moving these minerals in the opposite direction of where is desirable for thyroid health and to support your thyroid’s ability to do its job. Don’t worry though, we can reverse this with nutrition once we know your levels!
The Key to Getting Results = Understanding Your Body
Now remember, vitamin D is a hormone, and hormones are chemical messengers or information molecules that communicate a message around your body. If you’re taking a messenger every day in the form of a supplement, I highly recommend understanding the message that it is sending and reading the references in this article and beyond. That’s why I prefer to let my body control how much of the vitamin D hormone it wants to absorb through sunlight on its own, instead of forcing the body to do certain things with a supplement.
If you’ve been going with the popular advice about taking vitamin D (that is not without controversy I might add), but you still feel like crap, it’s probably a good time to start understanding your body. Start learning about your body so you can supplement it right, and correct your mineral imbalances, not just follow the latest supplement trend without working with your health professional and monitoring the effects of your supplementation. Hair analysis is my favorite tool to address your mineral deficiencies and or excesses and you can learn more about all the other data it gives you on the interworking of your body here.
By testing we can know exactly what you need to get things back in balance instead of just playing more of the “guessing game” or following conventional blanket advice that doesn’t actually always work out.
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