Saturday, December 20, 2014

Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2

Vitamin D, which is really a hormone instead of a vitamin, is essential to our well being and the key to a healthy immune system.

It is also essential to bone health, along with vitamin K2. And K2 is one thing I want to tell you about.

I used to take between 5,000 IUs and 10,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day. And my blood tests always showed me on the lower end of the range. It was frustrating. I remember one March in Minnesota I knew it was just the tail end of a long, cold, dreary winter, but I was supplementing and it should have been enough!

Then I found out about vitamin K2. There is something about K2 that acts as a catalyst and helps your body utilize and absorb D3 properly.  It also may have something to do with whether you have a leaky gut (where you can't absorb nutrients well) or genetic mutations that also don't allow your body to assimilate the necessary nutrients. But whatever the reason for poor absorption, the K2 was a miracle for me.

Once I started taking it as a supplement (the main sources of it are fermented natto, a soy product, and then grassfed meat and dairy. It is NOT the common K1 that we have heard about for years where we get plenty of when we eat our leafy greens), there was a HUGE difference in my D levels.

Again, I took the test the following March, after another long winter. I still supplemented with D, the same as always, but this time I had been taking vitamin K2 for a few months as well. My numbers were off the charts! I believe the range is between 35 and 80 dg/mL (whatever the measurement units are). Mine always hovered between 38 and 45, even with supplement! This time my levels were 96!!! Ack! Too high. So I continued the K2 but stopped taking as much D3, and now my levels are perfect around 70.

So, what does this mean? Well, for me, it means being able to utilize vitamin D effectively and not waste it. And so I ordered some Dalvia Vitamin D3 drops because they are easy to take and you can dose yourself appropriately.

My recommendation is to take 5 drops throughout the day. And, if you are sick, double or triple that dosage for a few days.

And, I do recommend taking vitamin K2 a few times per week. I take it about 4 times per week and that seems to be sufficient.

Please note that when you get vitamin D from the sun, you do not need to supplement with K2. It is only when you take D3 internally that you should look into adding the K2. Well, actually, K2 is extremely essential for good health as well, so even if you appropriately sunbathe (no burning!) you should still supplement with K2 because it offers so many benefits! Heart health and bone health.

Ingredients of Dalvia D3 drops:
Vitamin D3, MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides in the form of coconut or palm kernel oil) No salt, sugar, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives. Bottle and all components are BPA, Phthalate and Latex Free.

I like the D3 drops and like that there are no additives. Great ingredients and the ability to dose yourself how you need to.

About Me: Hi! I am Rebecca :) I am the owner of Purify Your Body Detox Foot Pads. I love natural health and wellness, and I love to eat real food. :) 

I love my family, and my pets. I actually love all animals -- they are much nicer than most humans! I don't watch TV and haven't watched a movie in the theater for more than 9 months. I would much rather read a book!

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