Thanks to modern technology, office jobs, and the invention of Netflix, most of us spend the vast majority of our lives indoors. Unfortunately, without enough time spent in direct sunlight, it’s easy to become deficient in Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a powerhouse fat-soluble vitamin involved in hormone control, bone development, electrolyte balance, fat metabolism, immunity, and more. Often called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is primarily produced within the body after roughly 20 minutes worth of exposure to sunlight. In the general public, vitamin D deficiency is on the rise and supplementation with megadoses (50,000 IU) is more common, even for those living in sunny states. Researchers attribute deficiencies to increased use of sunscreen, higher technology use (we know kids don’t play outside like they used to!), and lack of dietary intake from dairy products. While it’s unclear whether the ketogenic diet has a direct effect on vitamin D levels, electrolyte imbalances caused by a low-carb diet can lower vitamin D levels.
Our bodies strive to maintain a balance between compounds and substances (electrolytes, fluid, minerals). Think of this as a balancing act; our body wants to keep the scale even. When carbohydrate intake is reduced, the balance is disrupted, affecting cell function and vitamin D levels. This change in vitamin D can affect our immune response, hormones, and bone health. Multiple studies suggest that the ketogenic diet is linked to degenerative bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Ultimately, vitamin D supplementation and a well-rounded diet may be necessary to optimize bone health while on a ketogenic diet. You may be prescribed a megadose if you are deficient. While megadoses require a prescription and may come in capsule or liquid form, you can now purchase Vitamin D3 Gummies from niKETO!
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Almost ¼ of Americans are considered deficient in Vitamin D, and levels can decline even further on restrictive diets. Vitamin D is is primarily derived from sunshine, so it’s no surprise that we aren’t getting enough of this critical vitamin. The niKETO D3 gummy formula contains the same kind of D vitamin that is found in sun rays, cod liver oil, and sardines -- but without the sunburns or fishy aftertaste. niKETO D3 is associated with the following benefits:
Improved mineral absorption helps combat symptoms of electrolyte loss
Decreased feelings of depression and anxiety
Regulated insulin levels
Like any significant diet change, the transition away from carbohydrates can throw your body’s nutrient levels off-balance. The keto diet is a natural diuretic, meaning it causes your kidneys to flush water and sodium at a rapid rate. It is critical that you help your body make this change as smoothly as possible by supplementing it with the nutrients it’s losing, typically in the form of added electrolytes. However, you won’t be able to absorb the electrolyte supplements if you have a Vitamin D deficiency, so it is critical that you have sufficient Vitamin D levels. niKETO members report fewer “keto flu” symptoms when taking both an electrolyte supplement and a Vitamin D supplement together.
Ask your physician for the best way to take your vitamin D supplement. Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, many physicians and dietitians suggest pairing your vitamin D supplement with a fat source. For example, if you drink coffee loaded with butter or coconut oil, take your vitamin D with your coffee to maximize absorption.