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; a mineral pattern I learned about in a Hair Analysis training course . And this pattern isn't an isolated incident; it's a pattern that I see in 75-80% of my hair analysis clients!
Why should you worry about high calcium, low potassium, and low boron levels?
Because they can make you feel like crap.
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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. 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.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin — meaning, if you get too much, you don’t just ‘pee’ it out like you do water soluble vitamins (think vitamin C, B-vitamins, etc). Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) are stored in the body — with Vitamin D being stored in your fat cells.
If you have lower amounts of body fat and take high amounts of vitamin D, you have less available storage for the vitamin D. This can increase the amount of vitamin D in your blood, which in turn increases your calcium levels — which is not good and can lead to high blood calcium (hypercalcemia). This is because vitamin D tells your gut to absorb more calcium from your food. 
For the very rare person who’s deficient in calcium (most people have plenty), a tiny bit of supplementary vitamin D can be helpful. But it's still not preferred to get vitamin D from supplemental sources. Supplementing over the long-term can create chronically high calcium levels, which leads to calcification of your body. Think about things like back pain, joint issues, and osteoporosis.
The next thing vitamin D does is reduce 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 and high calcium levels—an imbalanced thyroid ratio, can lead to a host of other negative side effects, which I’ll get to shortly.
The third way vitamin D affects your mineral levels is by lowering boron levels. Research suggests that getting enough boron in your diet has a host of fantastic benefits, including: 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 caused by vitamin D supplementation (D2 and D3) are not exactly favorable. 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 your body. And there are several other ways to get your vitamins D levels up without taking a supplement.
The Thyroid Ratio
Your thyroid ratio, which compares your calcium to potassium levels, affects how you actually feel. When it’s out of balance, you may experience symptoms like:
-Low body temperature
-Blood sugar issues (hypoglycemia)
-Sluggish thyroid function
One of the ways to assess how a person is feeling is by looking at their thyroid ratio on a hair analysis. The desired ratio is pretty simple; we want it to be around a 4:1. (In the example above, this person's ratio was over 70:1. It's not rare to see it around 300!)
So if you're taking vitamin D, which raises calcium levels and lowers potassium, you're moving these minerals in the opposite direction of what supports your thyroid's health and ability to do its job.
Don't worry, though; once we know your levels, we can reverse this with nutrition!
The Many Reasons Why Vitamin D Levels Can Be Low
Vitamin D 25(OH)D (storage form of vitamin D) can be low for a variety of reasons that do not necessarily indicate you need more vitamin D. These reasons being things like:
What Even Classifies Deficiency?
What defines a vitamin D deficiency anyways?
It depends on who you talk to. Some of the biggest authorities disagree on the ranges that classify deficiency:
The Vitamin D Council definition :
Deficient: 0–40 ng/ml
Sufficient: 40–80 ng/ml
High normal: 80–100 ng/ml
The Key to Getting Results = Understanding Your Body
Now remember, vitamin D is a hormone. Hormones are chemical messengers or information molecules that communicate messages around your body. If you're taking a messenger every day in the form of a supplement, be sure you understand the message that it is sending by reading the references in this article and beyond. 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 excesses. 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. Watch the video below to learn more about my approach:
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