Why do we need to take other vitamins and minerals when we are at optimal dose with Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 at optimal dose supercharges your metabolism. Optimal dose “tells” your body it is summer when you would be receiving plenty of vitamin D3 from the sun, and when you are hypothetically at your best physically and mentally which vitamin D3 helps you to achieve. The summer is when food is more available, but also more and healthier types of every organism, beneficial or harmful to you. This results in vitamin D3 burning off any extra fat and building muscle to protect you so you can make the most of this bounty.
When your metabolism and energy usage is increased, you need more key nutrients like proteins, minerals and other vitamins. Depending on how difficult the “winter” you experienced, the low vitamin D3 period will determine how much repair the body must do.
For example, calcium is important for skeletal bones. Depending on your baseline when starting optimal dosing, coming out of “winter” determines how much calcium and certain vitamins and minerals you’ll need to get to the optimal you. You will then use more of these key nutrients compared to the “winter” you. For example, if your bones have been paying the price for years due to low levels of calcium in your diet, you may need higher calcium consumption until your skeletal bones are back to healthy. This may take months, but it also depends on what you eat. If your levels are high in calcium, you may notice no difference. However, if your diet does not have enough calcium, you may suffer from signs and symptoms of low blood calcium as the vitamin D3 pushes back into your bones, with symptoms like cramping in your fingers and toes.
Concerning bone health, the following vitamins and minerals may be important. For one, vitamin K is important to help calcium to be taken up by the bones. It also helps reduce the calcium in arteries, a major factor in heart disease and strokes. Also, in at least one study, in those over 70 years old, a higher level of vitamin K was found in those with better memory.
The current recommendation is that we have enough in our diet, but again, with your body’s system supercharged this may no longer hold. You may need to take more. Foods like parsley, collard greens and spinach contain higher amounts of K-1, and meats, dairy and eggs contain vitamin K-2. Likewise, boron is important for joint and bone health. I will write a post later. Finally, magnesium is another important supplement which I always recommend taking, except in those with kidney failure, since it is used in a tremendous number of enzymes in our body. More on magnesium in next post.
The point is that when your body is on optimal dose there will be other changes. And, like I posted earlier, after you burn through the fat, your appetite will increase. Be aware of what your body needs, since it is easier to understand these changes, adjust and not panic, by thinking something is wrong. And with all new things, it takes time to adjust.
*The information posted above is for educational purposes only. Always check with your doctor before initiating any changes in your medical treatment. If you do not, then The Two-Minute Health Fact, Dr. Judson Somerville, nor The Optimal Dose is responsible!
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