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Vitamin D Facts That May Change Your Life

From the Show: Talk Healthy Today
Summary: Learn some basic truths about vitamin D.
Air Date: 4/27/18
Duration: 21:27
Host: Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Heidi Moretti, MS, RD
Heidi MorettiEvery single day that Heidi Moretti is a nutritionist, she is invigorated by helping people feel better. She will tell you that she has practiced in a hospital setting for 18 years, and find energy and joy from helping people on the path to recovery.  She has also had the great privilege of being a nutrition researcher, which gave her a deep understanding of what makes up good research or just hype or fuel for media propaganda.

Helping develop manageable building blocks of nutrients can be a simple way to overcome some daunting health issues, including chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, weight issues, and many others.  The reason she became a virtual dietitian is to dive deeper to help people find root causes to their illnesses, and help people in ways that conventional medicine confines can’t fully address. Health is not the absence of disease, it is the presence of vitality!

She is passionate about integrative and functional medicine; you might say it is at the core of her being.  It became undeniable early in my own health and the health of all her patients that the foods we eat, including herbs and key amounts of nutrients are life-changing.   One story along my path was pivotal in my career; she had serious hormonal balance issues that were plaguing her, causing chronic pain, among other major issues, and she was young!  Heidi simply wouldn’t accept that medicines did nothing but make it worse, or created new symptoms that were almost worse than the pain.  And she refused to accept that surgery was a good thing for her. Turning to integrative and functional medicine principles, including foods and nutraceuticals that help detoxify the body, took away her pain and changed her life! This and many other experiences have led me on path of discovery and further training to enrich her depth of knowledge.
Vitamin D Facts That May Change Your Life
With so much data about vitamin D available, it’s easy to get confused. Some of that information is conflicting.

Registered dietician Heidi Moretti says vitamin D helps your body create hormones. She breaks down the most important things you should know about vitamin D.

  • The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is 600 IU (international units). 5000 IU is comparable to a grain of rice. Spending a little time in the sun gives you 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D changes disease risk because it affects how your genes work. It dampens genetic expression of autoimmune disorders and cancer.
  • Best nutritional sources of vitamin D are wild salmon and mushrooms, but it takes a lot of food to reach the amounts available from some sunshine. 
  • Supplements can enhance the vitamin D you get from the sun and food. Vitamin D3 comes from lanolin and is an effective supplement. Vitamin D2 is derived from mushrooms and is less effective but vegan.
  • Sun exposure is a concern. If your shadow is long when you stand in the sun, you’re not getting enough of the right kind of UV rays to create vitamin D. Stick to supplements if you don’t have much melanin in your skin.
Listen as Heidi joins host Lisa Davis to discuss vitamin D basics you should know and how essential oils can help you.
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