376 – Is Your Vitamin D Status Optimal?

How to know if your Vitamin D is low and what to do about it.

In this interview, Jolie Root discusses the importance of vitamin D for immunity*. She will discuss why and how it is important and what doses to consider. We also discuss the new Carlson Labs Vitamin D Home Blood Test. Now you can do your own test at home.

This is one of the most important discussions we can have at this time. Vitamin D is now confirmed by the medical experts to be important for healthy immune system function. We have confirmed that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. We have confirmed that people with low levels of vitamin D are more at risk for infections and are more at risk for serious complications, hospitalizations and death*. Vitamin D has emerged as one of the most important nutritional supplements for this time and for all time going forward. The verdict is in: you need to take supplemental vitamin D*.

The question then becomes how do you know if your vitamin D is low? A simple blood test will tell you. Your doctor can easily do this test. There are now home tests for vitamin D. One such home test is available from Carlson Labs. The normal range for vitamin D is 30 to 100 ng/ml. You would find this in the report of your blood test. If your level is below 30 then you are deficient and at a greater risk for infections of any type. The optimal level is recommended to be in a range of 50 to 80 ng/ml. This a reasonable target.

Once you know your results your status you can move forward with confidence. If your levels are good then you can know that your risk is lower. If your levels are low then you can know that you need to take more vitamin D. At some point you should test again to confirm your levels.

I have done the Carlson blood test. My level is 52.5. I take 5000 iu vitamin D daily. So I am happy to know that my level is right where I need it to be. Here is a link to my report so you can see what the report contains. 5000 iu is the most commonly recommended dose.

Due to new labeling laws, vitamin is being labeled differently using micro-grams (mcg.) instead of international units (iu). (don’t ask me why the labels had to change, I don’t know). Here is a conversion table:

  • 5000 iu = 125 mcg.
  • 2000 iu = 50 mcg.
  • 1000 iu = 25 mcg.

Building a Nutritional Program for Immunity

Here are links to the past 5 interviews with Jolie. Each one is pertinent for for building a nutritional lifestyle that provides a foundation for better health. If you want to know how to stay healthy with a stronger immune system then you should listen to these additional interviews.

Jolie Root

Jolie Root

Jolie Root is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought heard Fridays at 10 am on AM 1490 WGCH in Connecticut and New York.

Listen to all Jolie Root interviews.

Carlson Laboratories

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Carlson Labs produces pure, quality, award-winning vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and other nutritional supplements. The company began with a single vitamin E product in Founder Susan Carlson’s small Chicago apartment and quickly grew to offer the most complete line of all-natural vitamin E supplements in the world.

In the early 1980s, Carlson Labs helped launch the omega-3 market in North America, importing our first high-quality, great-tasting, sustainable fish oils from Norway. In 2009, Carlson released a new marine oil sourced from an abundant species of calamari.

Today, the next generation of Carlson Labs leads the company—daughters Carilyn Anderson and Kirsten Carlson—and the innovations continue. Carlson Labs now offers more than 200 unique products designed with your family’s unique nutritional needs in mind. ​


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