Vitamin D: The Hibernation Hormone
01 / 16 / 17

Vitamin D: The Hibernation Hormone

The most common vitamin deficiency is not a vitamin at all.  It’s a hormone. Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is the hormone that every mammal uses to indicate when it’s wintertime. The sun hitting the skin begins a biochemical chain reaction involving both the liver and the kidneys that eventually affects every system in our body.

During winter, when sun is scarce, Vitamin D3 levels drop indicating to the body that it’s time to hibernate as there will inevitably be less food available.  The biological changes include the following: Metabolism slows through the action of the thyroid; Fat is stored rather than burnt as fuel; Sex hormones and fertility wane; Sleep cycles lengthen and lighten; Energy levels and brain function drop; and our vital Immune system goes to standby mode.

The problem is that in our modern age, we either work too much and miss the sun or are deliberately avoiding the sun due to a fear of cancer.  Ironically, Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many diseases including cancer, depression, autoimmune diseases, obesity, asthma, migraines, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and more.

Increasing Vitamin D levels to OPTIMAL range (60-80 g/ml), can decrease your risk of cancer by up to 77 percent per a recent study at the Creighton University School of Medicine.  The clincher is that the recommended daily allowances of Vitamin D3 needed to increase levels has been grossly miscalculated by the Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Maintenance doses of Vitamin D3 vary, but are generally between 3,000 and 5,000 iu per day.

If you suspect your Vitamin D levels are low, Contact Point Lumineux MedSpa to book an appointment to get your Vitamin D levels tested.  We can work with you to create a protocol tailored to your specific needs of oral and/or injectable Vitamin D to increase your Vitamin D levels to optimal ranges and get you feeling better!