A gluten sensitivity can impact the gut in many different ways; triggering inflammation, damaging the intestinal lining or triggering leaky gut. Gluten sensitivities not only impact the gut directly, these changes interfere with nutrient absorption. One common nutrient deficiency seen with gluten sensitivity is vitamin D deficiency.
Often times the gut can be healed by pulling gluten, but vitamin D deficiency can be hard to recover.
I often see a vitamin D supplement listed among the current supplements on my patient’s intake forms. After reviewing their past labs and assessing their dose, I don’t often see an appreciable increase reflected on their labs over time. They may have been taking 2000IU of vitamin D3 daily for the past two years and yet their labs only show a shift from 22ng/ml to 25ng/ml.
What I find is that they are usually taking a vitamin D3 supplement in a soft capsule form, often called a ‘gem,’ and they are taking it in the morning and not in the evening.
Many of my patients are surprised to learn that even though vitamin D is called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a hormone and not actually a vitamin. In fact, it is a fat soluble hormone.
Since this is a hormone, it is best taken at night, because hormones are best absorbed at night.
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WHAT IS THE OPTIMAL VITAMIN D (25 OH) RANGE?
If you have had your vitamin D levels tests, your doctor most likely tested your 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D levels. On your lab this will be listed as “Vitamin D (25 OH)” or “25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD),” or “25(OH)D,” but these are the same test. Even though the lab may report an adequate level of vitamin D as 25-30 ng/ml, the optimal vitamin D range is 45-65 ng/ml.
WHAT DOSE SHOULD YOU TAKE?
In addition to talking a vitamin D3 liquid emulsion at night, taking the right dose to raise your Vitamin D (25 OH) levels up to your goal is also important. A few small studies have shown that 2000IU vitamin D3 taken over three months, will raise Vitamin D (25 OH) levels by 20ng/ml. This may be the reason that many doctors prescribe this dose. Clinically, this doesn’t play out. Some people will need a lot more vitamin D to raise their levels over time.
If your Vitamin D (25 OH)...