In the post My Coronavirus Plan, I mentioned that I was Vitamin D deficient and that one of the strategies I would focus on as a defense against the Coronavirus would be getting my levels up to optimal.
Every day, I take 5000 IU of a Vitamin D3 (with K2) supplement with food. I also go for a walk outside between 11 am – 4 pm when the UV index is the strongest. And unlike my fellow neighbors, I am not bundling myself head-to-toe covering every inch of exposed skin. I want my Vitamin D.
How did I do?
- March 3rd: VITAMIN D, 25-OH, TOTAL: 19 ng/mL (deficient)
- May 6th: VITAMIN D, 25-OH, TOTAL: 43 ng/mL
In 64 days, I more than doubled my Vitamin D levels. By most metrics, I am no longer deficient. However, based on a few charts I am still considered “insufficient”.
What is optimal? There does not seem to be an agreed-upon level. The two most common ranges I see for optimal are:
- 50-70 ng/mL
- 40-60 ng/mL
I’ll be aiming for 55 ng/mL. That gives me padding on each side. Now that the UV index has increased here in Seattle and I’m no longer in the deficient zone, I will reduce my D3 supplement from the 5000 IU bottle to the 500 IU bottle for 2 weeks. Then I’ll stop the supplements and rely solely on mid-day sun exposure and food. I’m guessing I’ll hit my goal before June. 😎
🚀 Energy Levels WAY UP!
Back in October, I posted Dear Future Tired Self. In that post, I blamed too much coffee for my lack of energy. Once I cut my coffee intake in half, my energy went up. All that is true, but I now know it was just one variable. Increasing my Vitamin D levels has been a jolt to my energy levels. More than reducing coffee.
It was gradually, but noticeable.
🏥 Test yourself!
I went my whole life thinking I was fine and didn’t need to be tested. And because I avoid doctors, I have been avoiding tests. The good news is we don’t need a doctor to get tests. With websites such as Ultalabs or Directlabs, you can test yourself at a very affordable price.
I was able to get each of my Vitamin D tests for $39.20 from Ultalabs. I didn’t need to go through a doctor or my health insurance provider. Last year, before I knew about Ultalabs, I went to my regular doctor. He ran a bunch of tests that ended up costing me over $800 out of pocket. I learned almost nothing from the tests. Ironically, even though I was fatigued and living in the PNW, he never bothered to order a Vitamin D test. 🤦🏻♂️
Ultalabs and Directlabs act as brokers between you and the places that perform the tests. I ordered the test online. I printed out a form and then drove a few miles away to a Quest Diagnostic facility for a blood draw. No wait, no appointment, and no lobby full of sick people. A few days later, I received an email with my results. And because I have an iPhone, I was able to have my health records sent directly to the Health app.
For less than $100 I was able to get two Vitamin D tests and a bottle of Vitamin D3/K2 capsules. I fixed my deficiency and have escaped the Vitamin D danger zone. No doctor needed.
On the iPhone, open the Health app, click summary, scroll to the bottom to add accounts. Add your health care provider and testing facilities. A few days later, all your health data will be there for easy access.