In my most recent blog post I described the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Very similar to that relationship is the relationship between Vitamin D and magnesium - this is what I want to talk to you about today!
In today’s world, Vitamin D is the newest “fad” supplement that many doctors, nurses, personal trainers and even health coaches are recommending for their patients and clients. After all, Vitamin D has many health benefits, such as it promotes healthy bones and teeth and is said to have a protective affect against cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
What many people fail to realize is that (contrary to what its name suggests) Vitamin D is NOT actually a vitamin, but rather, it is a hormone. There are many differences between hormones and vitamins, but one distinct difference is that hormone levels are regulated through a feedback system while vitamin levels are not. Let me explain what this means…
Vitamin D is the specific hormone responsible for grabbing calcium from a person’s diet and putting it in his or her bloodstream. When there is not enough calcium in the bloodstream, Vitamin D levels rise and the Vitamin D grabs more calcium from the diet. However, when there is enough calcium in the bloodstream, Vitamin D levels will begin to drop naturally – this is the way the hormone was designed to work.
When we don't allow the body to regulate Vitamin D naturally, we can supplement with more than is necessary. This excess Vitamin D can cause us to accumulate so much calcium that it sends us into magnesium deficiency! (To better understand the health implications of too much calcium (and not enough magnesium), be sure to check out my blog post Why Your Calcium Supplement Just Isn’t Working).
But this isn’t the only reason a high dose Vitamin D supplement has the potential to deplete magnesium levels. In addition, magnesium itself is necessary for changing Vitamin D from its storage form (which is the same as its supplement form) into its active form. When a person takes a high dose Vitamin D supplement, more magnesium is needed to change the Vitamin D into an active form, potentially depleting magnesium levels.
If you are currently taking a Vitamin D supplement, you may be depleting your magnesium levels! Remember, it is for two reasons Vitamin D has the potential to deplete magnesium: (1) Vitamin D pulls calcium from food and puts it into our bloodstream, and (2) magnesium is responsible for turning Vitamin D into its active form.
To get a better understanding about a potential magnesium deficiency in your body, call today to schedule a live blood cell screening! In addition to magnesium deficiency, there are many other deficiencies that can be seen, such as a deficiency in Vitamins B and C, iron, as well as other minerals and antioxidants! Call today to begin the journey of restoring your health at the cellular level!
Plus, stay tuned for information coming later this week on several different ways to get more magnesium into your everyday routine! I will be sharing with you some of the most magnesium-rich foods, yummy recipes you’ll love and information about a very effective magnesium supplement!
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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