Vitamin D & Lung Health | BodyManual

Vitamin D & Lung Health | BodyManual

Hey guys, Dr. Huntington here
with another look at vitamin D. But specifically in this video, how it
relates to the health of your lungs. Alright, so I promised my film crew
here that I’d start the video that way. I don’t think I’ll have to cough for the
rest of the video. Obviously, you need healthy and high-functioning lungs in
order to live well, but aside from the obvious, you might wonder
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 preventable form of chronic lung
disease. 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 and vitamin D
plays a huge role. 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 I’ll see you next time


(1 Comment)

  • Poma Diwadkar

    Thank you brother so much. Your detailed video is excellent. I never knew that vitamin d is lungs health. God bless you a long happy life .

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