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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

M is for Milk: MS Awareness Month


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M  is for milk. No, not really. That was just a cheap way to discuss vitamin D. 

Evidently multiple sclerosis occurs with a deficiency  of Vitamin D, which sunlight (not cows) provides. Well, guess what? Not to start a horrible medical debate, but I grew up in the sun. As a long time lifeguard, my biggest concern should really be skin cancer, not MS. I do notice a difference in my daily symptoms when I remember to consume a vitamin D supplement, so I will not question the advice of the experts.

do have a question regarding vitamin D, though. What is the actual prescribed dosage? I have had so many conflicting answers and am still not clear on whether or not I need to take an additional supplement above and beyond my daily multiple vitamin.

And lookie what I found on the internet...

How to Choose the Right Vitamin D Supplement

I hope I've made the case as to why it's critical to take supplemental vitamin D3. However, many people make the mistake of just taking whatever is on the shelf of their local drugstore. 

You need to know what to look for to avoid getting ripped off and to ensure that you're providing your body with the vitamin D it needs to keep your levels optimal. 

Here are my 4 tips to ensure that you're getting the best vitamin D possible: 

1.The D3 form: Make sure you're taking a supplement made with 100% natural D3 which has been shown to be the safest, most absorbable and most effective form of vitamin D.[18,19] Avoid at all costs the synthetic D2 form which is often found in fortified dairy products and other foods and inferior supplements.
2.The highly-recommended 5,000 IU dose: The US RDA of 600 IU is pathetically low. Some leading experts are now saying that adults need 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily for optimal benefits.[16] I recommend a supplement that provides this dosage in one small, easy-to-swallow pill, to make it easy and convenient to take every day.
3.A non-GMO safflower oil base: Some vitamin D supplements are made with a low quality soy oil base, and there is no guarantee that this oil is free of toxins or is non-GMO. Instead, look for a supplement that is made with a base of pure safflower oil which, as an added bonus, contains healthy antioxidants that also help to preserve freshness.[20]
4.A fair price: Vitamin D3 supplements should never cost more than $15 for a one-month supply — even for a high dose 5,000 IU supplement. Some companies hype up their "quality" and charge more than double this. Don't fall for it!
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My second question in reference to vitamin D is WHY did y neurologist never mention the importance of this supplement to me? WHY did I have to eventually need to do my own research on the matter? In fact, I seem to be doing A LOT of the leg work investigating my own disease. Do you also find this to be true? Rather discouraging, isn't it?

If you've ever gone to your doctor with a list of vague complaints such as these, there's a good chance you've been told "it's just a part of aging" and there's not much you can do about it. 

But what if I told you that these issues, along with many other "age-related" health complaints, could merely be symptoms of a common vitamin deficiency?[1,2,3] And that this deficiency can be corrected quickly, easily and inexpensively — making it possible to rejuvenate your health while vastly improving your well being.* 

Common Signs of
Vitamin D Deficiency*
    Aches and pains
    Low energy
    Brain fog
    Mood fluctuations
    Sleep disturbances
The deficiency I'm talking about is vitamin D — and before you stop reading because you're sure that you're getting enough, please consider this: Roughly 3 in 4 people in the United States have low levels of vitamin D.[4] 

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Recently I was introduced to the Wahl's Protocol, in which I am discovering so many answers to so many questions I either had or needed to have. I have only read about a third of the book, so I will hold my review until the conclusion of the month; but, so far, I am totally impressed. Dr Wahl's has inspired me to branch out on my search for answers; mainly because it seems to be up to me to weed through all the rigmarole in order to find my answers. I suppose that's fine. It keeps my mind too busy to fester on  my assortment of aches, pains, and fears associated MS.

And I am doing some leg work for you.

What are your thoughts and findings about vitamin D?

Love and Light,
Lisa










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