Vitamin D is absorbed through the skin from the sun and also through the gut with fat (fat soluble) it is basically a hormone and a vitamin. Vitamin D regulates the absorption of calcium. Calcium is absorbed through the stomach.
If the stomach is not absorbing correctly then the D through the stomach is not absorbed. If the stomach is not absorbing correctly then the calcium that the D regulates the absorption of, is not be absorbed. Theory is absorbed through skin is going to be ‘overused’ trying to regulate the low calcium levels in the blood because it is not being absorbed.
Vitamin D is metabolized through the kidneys, if the kidneys are not functioning correctly then D is not metabolized, and the para thyroid and immune system are directly affected. The kidneys need magnesium to function properly. Magnesium binds to fat in the intestines. Kidneys don’t get magnesium then they can not functions correctly and then D is not metabolized …..
Calcium deficiency is directly related to malabsorption of D. D must make the calcium ‘work’. Plenty of D and you absorb plenty of calcium.
Vitamin D and A (fat solubles) are needed in spermatogenesis (formation of sperm) for male reproduction.
All of the following maladies can be treated with vitamin D and not cured, but D reduces the severity of the illness, or symptoms. It seems that the D deficiency as well as the illness are symptoms of something greater.
- Cardiovascular disease – Congestive heart failure is associated with vitamin D deficiency.
- Cognitive impairment in adults at the least, or at the most….Alzheimer’s Disease. Elderly have low vitamin D levels, and many have had improvement with cognitive issues when they are given D supplements.
- hyperparathyroidismVitamin D levels are very common in patients with hyperparathyroidism. Most patients with parathyroid disease (and high calcium) will have low Vitamin D levels in their blood.
- Asthma Low levels of vitamin D are associated with lower lung function and greater medication use in children with asthma
- Schizophrenia and Depression – Vitamin D deficiencies have been been found in depression and bipolar disorder. Many depressed people have lower levels of vitamin D than non-depressed people (Many people get depressed in winter, and colder climates because not exposed to sun)
- Cancer -It seems that those with lower vitamin D levels are at higher risk for prostate and breast cancer. And giving vitamin D is reducing the rate of tumor growth.
- The flu – those with vitamin D deficiency are at a higher risk for influenza and that vitamin D may be effective in reducing influenza incidence and severity.
- Multiple sclerosis Most patients suffering from multiple sclerosis have very low vitamin D levels.
- Psoriasis – Vitamin D deficiency may be more common in patients with chronic plaque psoriasis than in the general population.
- Diabetes – Many with diabetes have low vitamin D levels Giving D to Those with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, it seems that it allows the body to secrete more insulin. Vitamin D may increase insulin sensitivity.
The immune system is affected by nutrients being or not being absorbed. Our body absorbs everything, first through the gut, if the digestive system is off, then the rest goes off. If the villi or stomach lining are damaged then digestion is effected. Highly digestible foods need to be eaten. Wheat/Gluten is NOT digestible, even in a healthy digestive system. It is a domino effect, and it seems that wheat/gluten is one of main dangers of having it all topple down.
If you do not absorb D through your gut, or calcium, what else are you not absorbing… AND WHY?
My suggestion? Don’t eat any wheat/gluten. Go outside for a picnic of salmon and fortified D milk.. Bon Apitite.