Vitamin D3 – the Controversy

According to research, only about 45% of Americans get enough vitamin D3.  Since vitamin D3 is necessary to absorb calcium.  However, if your body doesn’t have enough, it can lead to osteoporosis in adults, and rickets in children.  However, your body does not digest Vitamin D very well, and overdosing can lead to some serious problems.

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Did you know your body makes Vitamin D3 from sunlight?  In fact, the UVB rays from the sun convert cholesterol on your skin into vitamin D.  Afterwards, your liver converts vitamin D into its active form.  However, what if you wear sunblock or sunscreen?  Well, I’ll cover more on that later.  As you tend to wear more clothing, especially in the winter time, and as you spend more time inside, your exposure to sunlight decreases.  As a result, your body makes less vitamin D.  Sadly, this can lead to bone problems in both children and adults.  However, new research shows that a lack of this crucial vitamin can also lead to weight gain, heart disease, and decreased immune function (Scientific American, 2009).

Supplements are not the Answer

As a result, more and more Americans like you are supplementing with vitamin D pills.  Unfortunately, your body has a hard time using Vitamin D from a pill.  Additionally, many are over dosing on these supplements with the idea that more is better.  However, according to the National Institute of Health, taking too much vitamin D can lead to kidney problems, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, constipation, weakness, and weight loss. Additionally, by raising calcium levels, too much vitamin D can also cause confusion, disorientation, and problems with heart rhythm. Excess vitamin D can also damage the kidneys.

However, there is good news.  In order to get enough vitamin D, all you need is about 15 minutes exposure to sunlight outside.  In fact, this even works on a cloudy day.  Furthermore, you only need to expose your arms.  However, even this can be difficult on a cold winter day.   As a result, if you must supplement with vitamin D, use D2 or D3.   Foods rich in these forms include salmon, herring, sardines, cod liver, tuna, oysters, shrimp, egg yolks and mushrooms.

Digesting Vitamin D3

However, D, like vitamins A, E, and K are fat-based vitamins.  As a result, they don’t mix well with water.  Since your body is mostly water, this can be problematic.  However, your body has a solution.  Before your body can break down and absorb fats, your body has to emulsify them.  To accomplish this, your gall bladder releases bile salts.  These bile salts make allow water to dissolve the fats.  Now your fat-based enzymes can break them up for digestion and absorption.

However, let’s get back to sunscreen and sunblock.  If you remember from earlier, UV rays from the sun turn cholesterol in your skin into Vit. D.  However, sunblock and sunscreen block these UV rays.  As a result, if you’re wearing sunblock or sunscreen while you’re out and about, your body can’t convert the cholesterol on your skin to D.  What’s the solution?  Since you only need about 15 minutes of sunlight, stay out for about 15-20 minutes before you put on sunscreen.

Enzymes, Vit. D, & Fats

Let’s get into some possible pitfalls with all of this.  First of all, your body uses enzymes in the liver to convert Vit. D to its active form, once sunlight turns skin cholesterol into D.  Do you know what chemical performs this crucial task?  In fact, this type of chemical is the only chemical in the body that can do work.  The answer, of course is enzymes.  However, what if you either eat foods rich in Vitamin D3, or like most Americans, try to get it in a pill?  Then you may have to deal with digestive pitfalls.  In fact, if you’re over age 40 there is a 70% chance you can’t digest fats, including Vit D. properly.

In fact, there are several places you can experience problems processing fats.  First, the connection between the gall bladder and your digestive tract can get clogged up by protein.  When this happens, your body can’t emulsify the fats.  As a result, enzymes cannot break them down for digestion and absorption.  In this case, the right protein-based enzymes can help your body clear the blockage.  On top of that, your ability to make enzymes, including those that break down fat, declines 70% by age 40.  In this case, the right fat-based enzymes can help your body digest and absorb these vital fats properly.  This includes Vit. D.

How do we Pinpoint the Problem

At Redmond Ridge Nutrition & Chiropractic, we used science-based testing founded on sound medical principles to locate the source of stress in your body.  This includes your body’s ability to emulsify, digest, and absorb fats.  It also includes your body’s ability to convert vitamin D to its active form whether it comes from your diet or your skin.  After testing is complete, the right dietary changes paired with the right enzyme supplements can help your body work properly.

Are you concerned about bone health, or your vitamin D3 levels?  Perhaps you’re concerned about overloading on supplements?  Are you worried about missing out on work family or fun? While I don’t treat type 2 diabetes, I can help.  If that sounds good, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120.

Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact, did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

 

Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3, the Sunshine Vitamin

Alzheimer’s and Vitamin D, Enzymes

Alzheimer’s and Vitamin D:  Alzheimer’s is a frustrating and limiting disease affecting our elderly.  This horrible disease prevents new memories from forming.  As a result, it is not only difficult for the patient, but their loved ones as well.  Recent research shows that there may be a link between low vitamin D and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alzheimer’s and Vitamin D.  Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise in America.  Sadly, as our baby boomer generations age, this may be expected.  Alzheimer’s disease prevents new events and experiences from becoming long term memories.  Let me explain.  When you experience something new, it goes into your short-term memory.  If you use or remember it long enough, it will move into mid-term memory.  However, after enough recall, practice, or thought, these new experiences will eventually store themselves into long-term memory.  This means you can recall the information years later.

Research: Alzheimer’s and Vitamin D

If you suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, you cannot transform these new experiences into long-term memory.  However, you still remember everything you knew before the disease hit.  So, just how can vitamin D help, and where do enzyme play a role?  According to the World Health Organization, the Risk for Alzheimer’s is 122% greater if you have severely low vitamin D levels.  If your vitamin D levels are moderately low, you still have a 69% greater risk.

However, other strong research also exists.  The Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA), PubMed, and Neurology Journal all published articles supporting the strong connection between Alzheimer’s and Low Vitamin D.   You must also understand that your body can only get a little vitamin D from your diet.  The rest has to come from sunlight exposure.  But there’s another crucial step.

Enzymes and Vitamin D

Just what is that crucial step?  It’s enzymes.  In fact, enzymes play two key roles.  First, since Vitamin D is a healthy fat, the right digestive enzymes can help you digest and absorb Vitamin D properly.  Second, your body requires certain metabolic enzymes to help your body use vitamin d for brain and nerve health.

In fact, according to the Journal of Gerontology:  “Vitamin D is primarily synthesized in the skin upon exposure to sunlight; smaller amounts are obtained through dietary intake. More recently, enzymes responsible for the synthesis of its active form have been found to be distributed throughout the human brain.”

 

The Enzyme Advantage

This is why we focus on enzyme at Redmond Ridge Nutrition and Chiropractic.  In fact, enzymes are the only chemical in the body that can actually do work.  Sadly, as you age, your body’s ability to make enzymes decreases.  Using the right combination of digestive and metabolic enzyme supplements can help your body digest, absorb, make and use Vitamin D properly to support healthy brain function.

Are you concerned about your brain health?  Does it affect your job, family or fun? Are you worried about the long term affects?  If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact, did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Alzheimer's and Vitamin D
Alzheimer’s and Vitamin D

Vitamin D, Enzymes, and Health

Enzymes Vitamin D and Health: While most Americans like you are aware of the serious vitamin D problems.  However, are you aware of the health problems that come from a lack of vitamin D.  Additionally, did you know that your body needs certain enzymes to digest, absorb and use vitamin D?

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Vitamin D, Enzymes, and Health

It seems to be common knowledge that Americans don’t get enough vitamin D.  However, many are unaware of all of the consequences.  Yes, we all know that vitamin D is vital for bone health, your body needs it for so much more.  In fact, irritable bowel syndrome and sports injuries may also be linked to a vitamin D deficiency.  In fact, did you know:

IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common digestive problem in the U.S.?  According to IRI, Americans spent about $1.6 billion last year.  IBS is a collection of digestive problems including abdominal discomfort, spastic colon, gas, bloating, diarrhea and/or constipation.  So, what does this have to do with vitamin D?  Well, about 75 percent of people with IBS have insufficient levels of vitamin D.  Additionally, and about 70 percent report improvement when taking vitamin D supplements.  There is even research that shows that patients who show a genetic predisposition to IBS have lower vitamin D levels.

Sports Injuries

So, what about sports injuries?  Well, let’s take a look at some professional athletes.  After all, they must take really good care of themselves and can probably afford to eat healthy.  They can even afford the make sure they get the proper levels of vitamin D either through their diet or via supplements.  Would it surprise you to know that about 60 percent of NFL players have low vitamin D.  This deficiency places them at increased risk for injury.  In fact, about 56 percent of players with low vitamin D suffered muscle strain or injury, especially in the legs and feet.  What’s more, many athletes and general Americans are supplementing with copious amounts of this important vitamin.  

Enzymes & Vitamin D

So, what exactly is the role of enzymes when it comes to vitamin D.  Do you know what vitamin d is?  Is it a fat?  Or perhaps it’s a protein.  Maybe it’s a carbohydrate?  It’s a fat.  In fact, it’s one of four fat-based vitamins.  Do you know the other ones?  They’re vitamins A, E, & K.  Your body can not absorb fats directly.  Why?  Your body is basically water.  Meanwhile, these Vitamin D is a fat, which is basically oil.  Of course, we all know what happens when we try to mix water and oil, right?  So, your body has to emulsify these four vitamins.  Only then can your body break them down and absorb them.  Your body uses bile to emulsify fats, and lipase to break them down for digestion.

When your body can’t make enough bile, it can’t emulsify these fat-based vitamins.  This means your body can’t break down this crucial vitamin.  Interestingly, the inability to break down proteins causes problems with bile flow.  In this case enzymes that support healthy protein digestion may be helpful.  However, if your body can’t make enough lipase then even if it can emulsify fat-based vitamins, A-D-E-K, it can’t break it down for absorption.  In this case enzymes that support healthy fat digestion may be helpful.  Did you remember that your body’s ability to make these enzymes declines up to 70% by age 40? These are some of the many reasons I chose to specialize in enzyme nutrition.

Would you like to know more?

Do you have health issues?  Would you like someone to help you identify and address the real source of stress?  Does this sound better than treating symptoms or using the wrong outcome measurements?  If so, contact us and set up a consultation or call us at 425-868-0120.  I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life.  I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis, which is trusted by both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  This will help me determine if you are a good candidate for care.  If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

 

Vitamin D, Sports Injuries and Digestive Health
Vitamin D, Sports Injuries and Digestive Health

 

 

 

 

DAWC 049 Healthy Kidneys

DAWC 049 – Healthy Kidneys

Healthy Kidneys.  While a liver cleanse seems to be a popular fad these days, many people often forget about the other organs of filtration.  In fact, one of those organs is the kidneys.  However, in addition to filtering toxins out of your blood, the kidney does many more important things.

As a matter of fact, do you know everything the kidneys do?  Did you know they help regulate your blood pressure?  Did you know they also release an active form of vitamin D crucial for bone health?  In addition they can also influence the production of your red blood cells.  And lastly, your kidneys can also control the release of a vital substance called prostaglandins.  In case you weren’t aware, here is just a small list of some functions that prostaglandins perform:

  • constriction and dilation of the lung airways
  • smooth muscle contraction and relaxation in the gi tract
  • dilation of the blood vessels
  • uterus contraction in pregnant females during childbirth
  • halting fat breakdown
  • neurotransmitters production
  • stimulation of the platelet response
  • some are even responsible for causing a fever when you’re sick

With such a broad and important list of functions, we can clearly see why healthy kidney function is crucial to a healthy body.  Furthermore, learn about common kidney problems, as well as their common medical treatments.  In addition there are some kidney problems that are medical emergencies.  Dr. Andy will outline what conditions warrant emergency intervention.

Lastly, learn about how the right diet and enzyme supplements can support kidney health and healthy kidney function to help many aspects of your body work properly.

About Dr. Andy

After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  In fact, his extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought-after practitioner. Do you suffer from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to?  Are you sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine?  Contact us on the web, visit our office in Redmond, WA or give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

More on kidney disease prevention here.

This episode originally aired on 10-30-2017

healthy kidneys equals a healhier you
Healthy kidneys are important for cardiovascular health, hormone health, bone health and much much more

 

Vitamin D versus Flu Vaccine

Vitamin D versus Flu Vaccine

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Vitamin D versus Flu Vaccine.   What an amazing world we live in.  Our access to natural health products has ushered in a wonderful new age of health and wellness.  In fact, there is some new evidence that suggests Vitamin D may be more effective than the flu vaccine.  In this article, we’ll delve right into that research.

The Common Medical Approach

The medical field, and when I say medical I really should say big phrama, has been touting the flu vaccine for years.  In fact they have convinced the government, medical industry and even the general population that it is necessary.  You know when my father was practicing medicine, the flu vaccine was only recommended for senior citizens.  The theory behind that is as you age your immune system diminishes like everything else.

However, there are several problems with the flu vaccine.  First of all First of all, the flu vaccine loaded with Thiomersal, which contains loads of mercury.   In fact Thiomersal contains over 2500 times more mercury than the EPA considers toxic.  The flu vaccine can also lead to a life threatening illness known as Guillain-Barré syndrome.  This horrible disease paralyzes the heart and lungs leading to death.  Additionally, there are only a couple of strains of the flu virus in the vaccine versus the millions of variations out there.

Vitamin D on the other hand,

Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, was one of the first to introduce the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be an underlying CAUSE of the flu.

His hypothesis1 was initially published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006. It was subsequently followed up with another study published in the Virology Journal in 2008.

The following year, the largest nationally representative study of its kind to date discovered that people with the lowest vitamin D levels indeed reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu. In conclusion, lead author Dr. Adit Ginde stated:

“The findings of our study support an important role for vitamin D in prevention of common respiratory infections, such as colds and the flu. Individuals with common lung diseases, such as asthma or emphysema, may be particularly susceptible to respiratory infections from vitamin D deficiency.”

The Enzyme Nutrition Approach

Now in enzyme nutrition, we don’t seek to immunize against the flu, or even cure the flu.  In fact enzyme nutrition is not intended to diagnose or treat disease.  What it can do, however, is support healthy immune system function.   And of course, if your immune system is working properly, you’ll be able to fight off viral infections such as the flu much more efficiently.

Are you concerned about healthy immune function? Do you get sick a lot even with more Vitamin D?  Are you missing out on work family or fun?  If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.

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After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Vitamin D versus Flu Vaccine
Vitamin D versus Flu Vaccine – Vit D wins!