Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Do You Know Your Vitamin D Blood Levels?

Do You Know Your Vitamin D Blood Levels?

Many of my patients went away down south last week for March/Spring
break. As they soaked up the sun's rays, they made many international
units of vitamin D on their own... hopefully.

You probably assume that by getting out in the sun or drinking a lot
of milk, you're getting a lot of vitamin D. This isn't necessarily

First of all, the amount of vitamin D found in milk is trivial
compared to how much you need. You'd have to drink 30 - 40 glasses (8
- 10 liters) of milk daily to get a decent dose of vitamin D. Don't

There are many factors that determine if you're making enough vitamin
D from the sun. And even if you're making it properly, you still have
to do a lot of biochemical gymnastics in your kidneys and liver for it
to turn into the active form. The older you get, the less able you are
to do the conversions properly.

The bottom line is you can find out if you're getting enough through
the sun or your vitamin D supplement by a simple blood test. Being a
reader of mine, I want to remind you about the importance of getting
your vitamin D blood levels checked yearly (at least).

If you haven't checked it yet this fall/winter, please do so. Now that
the sunny season is around the corner, it's time to get your
"post-winter" vitamin D blood results. Just go to your MD or a walk-in
clinic and ask to get it tested. Unfortunately, as of Dec.1st it costs
Canadians $40ish for the test.

Our government's complaining because they spent 90 million dollars
last year testing peoples' vitamin D levels due to all the research
and headlines. Then a week later, another article stated that our
government would've saved 14 billion dollars (and saved 37,000 lives)
if people had optimal vitamin D levels.

Be aware that even though the "normal" range is 75 to 250 nmol/L (30
ng/ml - 100 ng/ml), you should aim for being in the optimal range --
130 to 170 nmol/L (52 ng/ml - 68 ng/ml). This is where most of the
benefits of vitamin D occur.

Don't let your MD tell you that your results are "normal." Ask for the
exact number.

I saw a husband/wife couple the other week and they were shocked to
find out their results. The lowest two readings I've ever seen: 29
nmol/L (11.6 ng/ml) and 21 nmol/L (8.4 ng/ml).

Sadly, you won't necessarily feel any specific symptoms when you're
vitamin D deficient but your body is definitely suffering.

If you've seen me in the last year, then you know all the reasons why
your vitamin D levels should be in the 130 - 170 nmol/L (52 ng/ml - 68
ng/ml) optimal range. If not, stay tuned in a few days. I'll be
sending another email explaining it all.

And if you've been to my clinic in the last year, you'll also know
that I now carry a great tasting vitamin D3 supplement. It's in a
liquid form that's specially made into a highly absorbable form.

It's not only easier taking drops versus swallowing tablets but it's
more cost effective too. Each drop carries 1,000 iu of vitamin D3. And
get this: There's 1,200 drops per tiny 30ml bottle! That's like buying
a bottle of vitamin D3 with 1,200 capsules! The regular price is
$29.95. You can save up to $9 per bottle (30%) if you buy multiple

I'm even willing to ship bottles of vitamin D out to my readers who
live in Canada or the U.S. If you want to start taking the same high
quality liquid drop form of vitamin D3 that my family and I take (and
all my patients), please visit...


... and order a bottle for yourself, family member and co-worker today.

Enjoy your day!

From Your Online Naturopath,

Dr. Karlo Mauro, BSc, BA, MSEd, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
P.S. I just ordered a large number of highly absorbable liquid vitamin
D3 bottles. If you're interested in saving up to 30% and having me
ship you some (if you live in Canada or the US), just visit...


P.P.S. If you have any questions about vitamin D, please email them to
my office cindy@thenaturopath.ca with the headline "Vitamin D
Question." I may not be able to personally answer every question, but
I can address the common questions in another email broadcast.

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