Lately, I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of Metabolic Health and how this is found by optimizing fat metabolism, so in this article I am going to give you the OFM approach on how Vitamin D, the sunshine Vitamin, plays a central role in your Metabolic Health.
Everything you’ve heard before is 110% true and correct… Vitamin D is crucial, now more than ever during this Panic-demic, with a constant stream of papers coming out to support the importance of healthy Vitamin D levels, like this one, published in late September.
Notice the last line of the abstract:
“Regression suggested a theoretical point of zero mortality at approximately 50 ng/ml D3.”
How about that… Virtually zero chance of mortality at 50ng/ml of serum 25, Hydroxy Vitamin D.
The OFM Approach
This is precisely the baseline Vitamin D level for the OFM program. Over a decade ago, I observed most people were suboptimal and athletes were deficient in Vitamin D and Magnesium. After doing extensive reading, research and data collection with athletes, I developed a safe and effective Vitamin D protocol and determined that 50ng/ml of 25, Hydroxy Vitamin D as the baseline compared to the medical reference range baseline of 30 ng/ml. Some reference ranges are actually as low as 20ng/ml!
What I had observed was that this baseline of Vitamin D is crucial for fat adapted performance, and anything less than 50 is suboptimal for both performance and health. So this has been part of the OFM protocol for many years.
How Vitamin Helps You
Now let’s look at this paper’s conclusion:
“The two datasets provide strong evidence that low D3 is a predictor rather than a side effect of the infection. Despite ongoing vaccinations, we recommend raising serum 25(OH)D levels to above 50 ng/ml to prevent or mitigate new outbreaks due to escape mutations or decreasing antibody activity.”
The implications of this paper are clear, Vitamin D is vital for not only your health but how you handle any virus, not withstanding the current one.
How to Boost Your Vitamin D Levels
The problem is you can’t just run down to the store, grab a bottle, start popping Vitamin D3, and instantly raise your levels. Your body does not work that way. Doing so will probably not result in the levels you are looking for and may even cause Vitamin D toxicity (in rare cases).
This is why I developed the OFM Vitamin D mega-dosing protocol. The Vitamin D3 supplement is one part, the other is Vitamin D metabolism… and guess what! Vitamin D3 is a fat soluble Vitamin, therefore Vitamin D is absorbed via fat metabolism in conjunction with Vitamins A and K2 along with Magnesium. All are key cofactors for proper Vitamin D uptake, but it is through the metabolism of fat that the “magic” happens, so when you optimize your fat metabolism, you are optimizing Vitamin D3 uptake and metabolism!
This time of year, most people are actually deficient in Vitamin D unless they are proactive in maintaining healthy levels. Correcting this requires more than the standard 2000-5000 IU daily dosing to move your 25, Hydroxy Vitamin D levels dictating bolus dosing, which is why we recommend and use 50,000 IU capsules.
Managing Your Dosage of Vitamin D
(Not medical advice)
Once optimized, you can either do daily dosing of 5000-10,000 IU daily or a single 50,000 IU dose per week to maintain optimal Vitamin D levels during the winter months. During summer, adjust your supplemental Vitamin D according to your ability to be outside in full sunlight. Always remember to dose in the morning to prevent disrupting Circadian Melatonin production in the evening so you can sleep.