1 ingredient to avoid in your supplements
Seattle was such a fun magnesium class. It was a small class so we were able to dive a little deeper. One of the topics we got into was synthetic vitamins. My goal with everything I buy to boost my health is a long-term investment. Synthetic vitamins simply cannot play the role that the real vitamin does.
There are hundreds of synthetic options and since writing blog posts is a skill I am learning, I decided to keep it to the one main synthetic vitamin that i avoid at all costs. Synthetic vitamin d which is listed as Vitamin D as Ergosterol or Calciferol. Also listed as vitamin D3.
At this point in a live class, eyes are starting to pop as people wrestle with what they know about vitamin d. We read everywhere about the importance of vitamin d. You simply must decide if you want the real deal and not a synthetic version that clogs cellular function.
Vitamin d actually functions as a hormone. There are two types of vitamin d active and stored. Active vitamin d is where all the benefits happen with this crucial vitamin/hormone.
Think of vitamin d as a key that unlocks the cell. Synthetic d sits in the lock and causes problems.
There are 3 metabolic processes to convert vitamin d. Your skin, liver, and kidneys. Cholecalciferol is converted to Calcidiol which is the active form of vitamin d. Here is where it gets so interesting, None of these processes can happen if you do not have enough magnesium. Magnesium is what kick-starts the process into action. So even if you are taking a supplement which is the storage form of vitamin d you are not adding the type of vitamin d that activates all the benefits of this superpower nutrient. Plus once your storage vitamin d is higher than your active d we start to see an increase of auto-immune issues and lowered immune function.
6 ways to increase your vitamin d
So, how do you get your vitamin d? Here are a few of my favorites.
- that old-fashioned thing called sunshine
- fatty fish (salmon is my favorite)
- portobello mushrooms if able to be exposed to the sun
- egg yolks if the chickens are exposed to enough space and sunshine
- beef liver ( i simply cannot get it down so I use this)
- whole food cod liver oil (make sure it is naturally occurring and not just synthetic added)
Do you ever have a target goal? Most of mine are things like water intake 85 ounces, 8 hours of sleep and just a square of dark chocolate a couple of times a week. If I did not have those target goals I would be chronically dehydrated, totally exhausted and be eating crappy chocolate all day. When you have target goals you have specific goals that are easier to stay on track with.
vitamin d target goals
Vitamin d has very specific target goals in your body. It keeps the calcium in balance. So a vicious cycle is created. Magnesium levels drop which aids in the production of vitamin d levels which then causes calcium to become de-regulated and hardens the arteries and bones.
supplement section reduced when deleting synthetic d
So walking down the supplement aisle becomes so much easier once you understand how detrimental synthetic vitamin d is. Most supplements contain this synthetic nutrient and if it does it is off my list. Making supplement choices much easier.
So tell me, do you avoid synthetic vitamins? Drop me a comment and let’s talk.