Hello, I'm Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky, PharmD at Digestive Reset. I'm a gut and hormone health expert specializing in IBDs/Crohn's/Colitis and other chronic problems.
Why Is My Vitamin D Level Not Going Up?
If your levels did not improve significantly and are not near the optimal levels, here are the reasons and possible solutions to fix the situation:
1) Your vitamin D supplement or your diet does not have enough vitamins K1 and K2. Those are known to enhance the absorption of vit D. Consider getting the combination Vit D with vit K, unless you are on blood thinner or have other contraindications.
2) There’s not enough Calcium in your diet or supplements. To meet the current Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of calcium, women ages 18 to 50, and men ages 18 to 70 need 1,000-1,500 milligrams (mg) of calcium. This equals two large servings of a calcium-rich foods like broccoli, kale, sardines or you can add Calcium supplement.
3) There’s not enough Magnesium in your diet or supplements. You should be able to get around 500mg of Magnesium daily to absorb vitamin D better. Your best foods are green leafy vegies and legumes, etc.
4) You are still taking vitamin D2. Please, consider switching to D3 version of vitamin D to improve your absorption.
5) Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and you would need to consider eating a meal with high quality oil and take the supplement early in the day.
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