Author: Monica Sava, PhD, CHN, FDN, Herbalist & Henele E’ale, ND, BCHN
Editor: Shannon Summers, CHN
Date: Sep 26, 2019
Energetic Health Overview
What makes Vitamin D so amazing for you and your Energetic State, Emotional State, Anatomy, Physiology & Cellular Biochemistry? Is it taking you longer to get over a cold? Looking to build stronger bones? Let’s see what Vitamin D has to offer.
Interestingly, Vitamin D was discovered during the 1930’s while researchers looked for a potential cure for rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. As a result of this discovery, the U.S. began fortifying foods with Vitamin D which resulted in a drastic decrease in the number of children who developed rickets. However, since too many children don’t get enough sunlight today due to lives spent increasingly indoors and overuse of toxic sunscreens, parents are forced to rely on fortified foods (and supplements) for Vitamin D, even though the best natural solution is simply getting a safe amount of unmuted, chemical-free sunlight. B,1,4
Vitamin D is “the sunshine vitamin,” and an incredible nutrient that acts as a messenger in our cellular metabolism, promotes optional organ function, and has many roles in the body including aiding in cell growth, neuromuscular function, immune function and reduction of inflammation in the body.9 But perhaps it’s most famous for it’s ability to promote calcium and phosphorus absorption along with the 3 phases of bone formation (mineralization, growth, remodeling). One of the most important roles Vitamin D plays is to control bone resorption and formation. It aides the parathyroid gland helping to maintain ideal blood calcium levels.
However, in the US today, in spite of vitamin fortification, Vitamin D Deficiency is at epidemic levels, particularly in the northern climates, as evidenced by the elevated rates of osteoporosis.1
Vitamin D is also referred to as a prohormone, with the ability to increase the intestinal absorption of critically important minerals calcium, phosphate, and magnesium. And thanks to Ultraviolet B (UV-B) waves of light, it can be produced naturally through the skin, directly from cholesterol, and through a series of built-in human biochemical reactions. Conversely though, it can only be found in a very small number of foods, including fatty fish such as sardines, eggs, yogurt, and mushrooms.
It’s clear that Vitamin D plays a critical role in your ability to optimize your own health. Has it felt like it’s been taking you longer and longer to get over a cold? Well that might be a sign of Vitamin D deficiency. Currently, it’s estimated that around 41.6% of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D to some degree. A,1,6
Vitamin D, or calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that it dissolves in fats and oils, but it can be stored in your body for extended periods of time until it is needed. Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorous metabolism in the body. It can be obtained from unmuted sun exposure, certain foods, and supplementation. The two major forms are vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). When we speak about ‘fortifying foods’ with Vitamin D such as cereal and milk, this typically involves Vitamin D2, while vitamin D3 is synthesized from unmuted skin exposure to the sun in addition to being available in certain foods as well as supplementation. B
What Is Energetic Health & How Do Emotion, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry & Energetics All Work Together Holistically?
Vitamin D – When You Don’t Have Enough
The key factors affecting your ability to utilize Vitamin D from the sun are: the time of day, cloud cover, season, latitude, density of clothing fabric and your skin tone. The darker your skin is, the more clothing covers your body, the more north you live from the equator, the shorter the daytime, and the more clouds in the sky…the more difficult it will be for your body to synthesize Vitamin D from its cholesterol precursor. Add in the use of toxic sunscreens to block out UVB sun rays and your body will have a very difficult time making Vitamin D.
Here are some signs & symptoms of acute Vitamin D deficiency:A,2,4
•loss of balance
•low immune function
•chronic fatigue syndrome
And signs & symptoms of chronic Vitamin D deficiency:A,2,4
•chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
•increased risk of cancer. esp. breast, colon and prostate
Because of Vitamin D’s extensive health effects, its Energetics fall into the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) categories of the Water Element (Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Adrenal Glands), Gold Element (Lungs, Large Intestine, Thyroid, Parathyroid), & Wood Element (Liver, Gallbladder, Reproductive Glands).
Eating organic alkalizing foods, herbs, and supplements rich in Vitamin D that support these Elements and their Organs & Glands is the key to achieving the multitude of benefits created by living an Energetic Health lifestyle.
Energetics is the clinical practice of unifying the best from western medical sciences with the best from eastern scientific practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & Ayurveda in the comprehensive holistic assessment & natural treatment of disease that includes both emotional status and common laboratory testing as incredibly useful tools in the development of natural treatment plans designed to work with your body’s innate healing prowess. Your body is designed to heal using what Mother Nature provides and Energetics makes this all possible.
Foods, herbs, thoughts & lifestyle practices that support your Water Element will have positive effects on your Kidneys, Urinary Bladder & Adrenals. Foods & herbs with an Alkalizing net effect pH, including foods that are naturally salty and blue/purple(black) in color (Anthrocyanins) are often beneficial. Organic Alkalizing Foods will typically generate positive Energy Cultivating Moods that can help you overcome Anxiety while also calming your Nervous System leading to improved digestion and sleep. And lifestyle practices like drinking clean water & organic herbal teas can give your Water Element the hydration it needs to perform at a high level everyday.
Foods, herbs, thoughts & lifestyle practices that support your Gold Element will have positive effects on your Lungs, Large Intestine, Thyroid & Parathyroid. Foods & herbs with an Alkalizing net effect pH, including include foods that are naturally pungent & spicy and white/blue in color (Anthrocyanins) are often beneficial. Organic Alkalizing Foods will typically generate positive Energy Cultivating Moods that can help you overcome feeling Stuck and that you have to Keep It All Locked Inside and also calm your Nervous System leading to improved digestion and sleep. And life