Even though we live in the Golden State, replete with brilliant sunsets & 80 degree winters, most of us are deficient in vitamin D. Would you believe that up to 90% of adults in the United States are believed to have a vitamin D deficiency?
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the liver and fatty tissues. Vitamin D is different from other vitamins in that our body makes most of our vitamin D on its own and, in the process, transforms it into a hormone. This hormone, in turn, supports our skeletal muscle structure, blood pressure, immunity, mood, brain function, and ability to protect ourselves from cancer.
There are two types of supplemental Vitamin D: D2 and D3. Out of the two, D3 is believed to be the most beneficial, since this is the type of vitamin D that our bodies naturally produce. Vitamin D3 is called cholecalciferol. Unfortunately, the majority of vitamin D-fortified foods and supplements contain vitamin D2, which is called ergocalciferol. This type of vitamin D2 is difficult for the body to use efficiently and, as most people try to get their vitamin D in this manner, is probably why we see such a large deficiency nationwide.
Why Care about Vitamin D?
Vitamin D plays a vital and multisystemic role in the body. It is necessary for calcium absorption into the bones, and it helps protect against cancer and heart disease as well. Maintaining the correct levels within your blood can also help prevent diabetes, as vitamin D supplementation can increase insulin sensitivity and decrease inflammation. Vitamin D is commonly low in people who suffer from anxiety and depression and appropriate levels are needed to achieve optimal cognitive function.
The Sun & Vitamin D
When UVB rays touch your skin, a chemical reaction takes place: your body initiates the process of converting a prohormone in the skin into vitamin D. Once formed, the vitamin heads towards your liver, where the body begins to metabolize it. From the liver it travels to the kidney and there it converts to a hormone the body can use.
Experts recommend that those with darker skin tones receive up to 40 minutes of rich exposure each day. If your skin is much fairer, about 10 minutes is recommended. In the winter it is suggested that you double your exposure. Not only is the amount of time important, however, but the time of day you go out is key as well. The time when the rays will be most effective is between 10am-3pm, when the sun is highest in the sky and your shadow is shorter than you.
If you are worried about over-exposure, wear sunscreen in delicate areas: your face and hands. Your limbs, if exposed, should be left vulnerable to the sun’s UVB rays in order to create the proper amount of vitamin D. Astonishingly, recent research shows that wearing sunblock of SPF 8 or higher actually reduces your body’s ability to make vitamin D3 by 90%.
A blood test is the only way to find out if you have a deficiency. The Next|Health Baseline test can give you a 10,000 foot view of what is going on in your body right now, including your Vitamin D levels.
Supplement Your Vitamin D
As much as we recommend you embrace the natural and best way to absorb vitamin D by spending time outdoors, we sometimes lead busy lives that rob us of those opportunities. At Next|Health, we can help through our robust new VIT D intramuscular injection. IM’s are a quick and effective method to boost your levels, depending on your specific needs and deficiencies. We also recommend our Next|Health Vitamin D Supplement to help maintain your Vitamin D level.
As we move into the next phase of development at NextHealth, we would first like to thank all of our members for being a huge part of our opening to the public! It has been humbling to see the level of engagement and loyalty amongst our fans as we got our first location off the ground, and we can’t wait to tell you about what’s coming.
Our goal at NextHealth has always been to bring you the most cutting edge health and wellness solutions available as soon as they become available. NextHealth 2.0 will do just that. In this world of exponential growth of technology, we see wellness technology evolving at incredible pace. Healthcare is no longer just medicine for illness, it has become an information technology, where human wellness data is being compiled at a frantic pace, and new discovery and innovation is occurring on an almost daily basis!
Full human genetic sequencing, stem cell technology, Krispr gene editing, and nanobots are just around the corner, which will eventually lead to not only increasing our lifespan, but also increasing our "healthspan"- the amount of time we have with a vibrant and energetic life. The cure for cancer, the elimination of disease and the potential to live indefinitely may be a reality that we experience during our lifetimes. I believe that all of us should be the beneficiaries of this technology.
NextHealth will be the first place for you to experience this revolution in wellness. Our core mission is to bring next generation health and wellness technology to everyone. No longer will this knowledge and expertise accessible only to tech billionaires and the elite, we will strive to democratize the benefits that science is bringing us through education and accessibility.
Education is my passion, and I can’t wait to start telling you all that I’ve been learning and experiencing. Through my blog and educational videos on our YouTube channel, I’m going to turn complex scientific knowledge into something that anyone can understand, and, more importantly, use and benefit from.
Accessibility will come by our locations taking the fear and the exorbitant costs out of the equation. Scared of “going to the doctor”? We destroy that apprehension by inviting you to our “Apple store of Health and Wellness, where our staff will be able to immediately take you through the journey without the stuffiness and expense of what most people would consider “traditional medicine”. Accessibility will also come in price, because we won’t charge tens of thousands of dollars like many centers do for the diagnostic and treatment modalities we offer.
Stay tuned to this blog and our YouTube channel. Over the next few weeks we will discuss the newest and most up to date science in the topics of:
Brain health and sleep
Diet and Nutrition
Genomics and cancer detection
Make no mistake, this won’t be the “usual” information on the topics that you may hear on the radio, see on TV, or read about on the internet. I will bring you information you can use today to assess your current wellness status with testing, give you strategies to correct and abnormalities with nutrition and wellness, and tell you what you can do medically to aggressively manage dangerous situations and turn back the clock so you can start feeling and looking younger and more vital today.
I promise to blow your mind with what’s coming, and you will be prepared to take full advantage of this incredible time that we live in. We will bring to you will the ability to look and feel as healthy as you want, possibly, forever!
Dr Darshan Shah is a physician, surgeon, entrepreneur and considered by many to be the "Doctor of the Future". His passion is educating the public on the newest technologies in health, wellness, and looking and feeling your best!