Vitamin D and the Gut

Most doctors today realize that Vitamin D is a vital factor in many diverse functions of the body. Technically, Vitamin D should more accurately be designated as a hormone because it is actually a form of steroid hormone in our body, which impacts our blood pressure, skeletal structure, brain function and immunity.
Did you know that the blood levels of Vitamin D in many people are inadequate? Sad to say, but many of my tested patients are Vitamin D deficient.
If your life, health and wellness mean anything to you, then you should understand the importance of this group of fat-soluble compounds needed for the maintenance of mineral balance in the body system. It controls or enhances the activity of a variety of cells and organs. It’s just too important to ignore.
So where can you get Vitamin D? Well, our skin produces Vitamin D in response to exposure to sunlight. Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D, but that does not necessarily mean you need to go bake yourself under the sun every day! There are also good food sources of vitamin D that can be added to your diet like mackerel, mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light, salmon, cod liver oil, eggs, sardines, raw milk, liver, beef, cheese and orange juice. There are some great, high quality Vitamin D supplements out there as well, but be careful as they are not all created equal. I would recommend consulting with a functional medicine doctor who has done the research on different supplementation.
Vitamin D modulates the immune system, controls cell division and specialization, maintains healthy blood levels of calcium, phosphorus. It also maintains the normal development of bones and teeth in infants and young growing children. It equally maintains normal muscle function, healthy bones and healthy inflammatory response.
Vitamin D plays a crucial role with our digestive health. This will be of great relevance to those having gut issues which is why I almost always test for Vitamin D levels in my patients. Vitamin D generally affects the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, with the D receptors present in our salivary glands, the esophageal sphincter and the teeth. The stomach cells are responsible for the production of acid in the body. When the stomach sphincter is weak, the acid produced will relocate to the esophageal where it is not needed, causing acid reflux. Vitamin D will go straight to the liver and through that enters the bile and dissolves the acid, preventing the formation of gallstones.
When your level of Vitamin D is low, it can result in constipation or irritable bowel. This occurs because the helpful bacteria in your GI die off without enough Vitamin D in your system! In addition, compromised gut health is linked to many psychiatric symptoms such as mood disorders, depression, anxiety, inability to learn and attention issues.
In conclusion, Vitamin D is absolutely essential to full vitality and digestive health. It works optimally with sufficient vitamin A for complete metabolism in the body.
Don’t wait another minute! Consult with a professional to find out what your exact Vitamin D levels are and to see if you are deficient. We can the recommend some high quality Vitamin D supplementation for your digestive and overall health.