You need healthy and high functioning lungs in order to live well right but aside from the obvious you might wonder I mean how important is this topic well statistically speaking is pretty important I mean according to the American Lung Association thirty-five million Americans suffer from a prevent of a preventable form of chronic lung disease and lung diseases were the fourth leading cause of death in the u.s. in 2017 so the health of your lungs is pretty serious business in vitamin D plays a huge role so as you probably know your body makes vitamin D when you get exposure to sunlight but what’s less well-known is that vitamin D is not so much a vitamin but rather a prohormone which is a substance that your body converts into hormones in the case of vitamin D it’s a key substance that goes a long way in dictating the health of your entire body now as I’ve covered in my other videos on vitamin D you need it for bone and brain health an immune function but recent studies have confirmed that vitamin DS anti-inflammatory properties specifically support your respiratory system and that includes your lungs in all the passageways vessels and muscles involved in breathing in oxygen exchange.
Now obviously the ability to breathe is critical for your survival and what’s actually happening is that every cell in your body is performing this gas exchange where the cells can receive oxygen and get rid of waste an ear respiratory system also regulates the temperature and moisture of the air you breathe and protects you by filtering out harmful substances so it’s proper functioning is vital to your life now some of the most common lung conditions include of course asthma and then there’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is usually referred to as COPD at about three million new cases per year COPD is actually several diseases that block or obstruct the normal airflow exchange in the lungs the two most common diseases that are included under COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Another lung condition is called interstitial lung disease which is a very serious set of diseases actually with about two hundred thousand new cases diagnosed each year in the United States now interstitial lung disease is a group of disorders that causes irreversible scarring and stiffening of the lungs so you can’t breathe normally now here’s the new news as it relates to vitamin D researchers at Johns Hopkins University reviewed medical data from over six thousand adults over a 10-year period and here’s what they found low vitamin D levels were a common factor in the development of interstitial lung disease it was found that almost 40% of the subjects in the study had deficient levels of vitamin D and of all the participants the ones that had the lowest vitamin D levels had the most scarring and unfortunately vitamin D deficiency or sub optimal levels of vitamin D is extremely common in fact some people estimate that 80% of people have vitamin D levels that are too low.
And there are many reasons for this including working indoors under artificial light and loading up on sunscreen every time you go in the Sun you know when you consider this it starts to really make sense why I mean historically bodies developed for millions of years outside pretty much in the Sun about half the day without sunscreen and living like we do today you know becomes impossible to get enough vitamin D from sun exposure and because medical doctors don’t typically check for vitamin D levels this problem has grown and continues to get worse in fact it’s only in the last 10 years that significant research has been focused on vitamin D and as you might expect it’s showing that a lack of vitamin D can be devastating for your health in fact more recent studies have showed that low vitamin D levels are associated with other respiratory illnesses like asthma and bronchitis and that poor lung function is linked to low vitamin D and research is also showing the flip side that healthy lung function is related to optimal levels of vitamin D okay so on your vitamin D blood test you want to see a vitamin D level between 60 and 90 mm nanograms per milliliter now sometimes the lab reports or the doctor will be okay with lower levels sometimes as low as 20 or 30 but what you want is your levels to be you know up higher between 60 and 90 unless your doctor can give you like some really good reason.
Why your level should be that low you know in just a hint I can’t imagine what the reason would be so you know I’m just sort of being polite in case your doctor doesn’t really know what they’re talking about when it comes to vitamin D okay so symptoms of low vitamin D can include like getting sick a lot it’s–it egor feeling tired often back pain bone pain or muscle pain depression hair loss bone loss impaired wound healing you know in terms of depression this is key you might notice that it’s worse at the time of year when you get less sun exposure and other clues that you might be deficient would include if you’re over the age of 50 if you’re obese if you have darker skin and that’s because people with darker skin require long longer periods of sun exposure to make adequate levels of vitamin D you know if you spend very little time outside that would mean that you’re at greater risk and if you typically wear sunscreen.
You know when you do go outside and that includes you know in your makeup you know then your risk for vitamin D deficiency now you can boost your vitamin D by taking a daily supplement and getting you know 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight at least every other day without sunscreen on and remember when you take a vitamin D supplement you need to ensure that the supplement includes vitamin k2 as well and it needs to be the mk7 version of k2 so the bottle must say that the supplement contains both d3 and k2 and then when you turn it over and you look at the supplement Facts label it must say that the k2 is the mk7 form of vitamin k2 you know if you want to make sure that you’re getting the right thing just go to my website at body manual calm and look at the supplement I formulated called vitamin d3 k2 and you can read about the ingredients and purchase a supplement there and have it shipped straight to your door so you know get some sunshine today and if you think that you might have low vitamin D level you know or your lab testing shows that you’re below 60 you know consider taking between 5,000 and 10,000 IU per day of d3 you know the lower your vitamin D levels the more likely you want to consider taking 10,000 IU per day until your levels get up into that 60 to 90 range and then once in that range of good maintenance dose for most adults is 5,000 IU per day okay so that’s the latest on vitamin D in your health particularly the health of your lungs.