What to Do if You Have Low Vitamin D?
Updated: Apr 14
Low vitamin D. It is such a common problem. For some reason, there are two groups of people: those who believe in megadosing when labs are low (and not asking ANY questions as to why vitamin D might be low), and those who suggest that we avoid supplementation (even when levels are low), because vitamin D can be poisonous to rats.
First things first, I choose to be evidence-based, and I aim to take a middle-ground approach. I always ask "why" and I avoid statements that are extreme or unsupported. Many of you love that I take this kind of approach! I am bringing that same reliable approach to this conversation at hand.
Let's look at a few different areas:
Why is vitamin D low?
Many times, inadequate sunlight, malabsorption, and low nutrient status is to blame. Low vitamin A (retinol), magnesium, and levels will cause low vitamin D levels.
How do we go about addressing low vitamin D?
Is there such a thing as safe vitamin D supplementation? Long story short, yes. As long as supplementation is the last resort and we look at all of the other factors first, there is a safe way to supplement it.
In my practice, I take several steps to address low levels and deficiencies in non-conventional ways by going to the root of why levels are low.
The first things I look at are an individual's current sun exposure and gut health. If someone is not getting sun exposure, it's no surprise that vitamin D levels are low.
The next thing I suggest (after sun exposure) is to look at magnesium, vitamin A, zinc, and boron (a trace mineral) levels. I do this by ordering Monty Iron panels and, in many cases, an HTMA analysis.
After this, if levels are still low, I will suggest no more than 1,000 IU vitamin D3, and 2,000 IU vitamin D2 from mushrooms. I will either recommend that mushrooms be consumed (and left outside in the sun for 30 minutes prior to cooking/eating mushrooms to increase vitamin D content). If you do not want to eat mushrooms, I suggest the brand Real Mushrooms.
Remember, if you need help with your health, it's worth reaching out for support (for testing, questions, a clear plan) instead of trying to DIY things. My clients often see results within weeks of working together due to the targeted approach that comes from targeted, high-level support.