Can You Get Too Much Vitamin D?
By Sara Butler
You hear quite often how important Vitamin D is to your overall health and wellness, but what happens if you get too much of it? Most people don’t get enough Vitamin D, but in the rare cases people get too much there are some side effects that can occur. Here’s how to tell if you’re getting too much of the good stuff!
Elevated Levels of Calcium
Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium from the foods you eat – it’s actually one of the most important roles Vitamin D plays in your body. But, if you take too much Vitamin D it can cause calcium levels to rise in your bloodstream. The side effects of this are unpleasant and can be dangerous. Symptoms of too much calcium in your body include:
- Stomach pain
- Extreme thirst
- Increased urination
Another issue with too much Vitamin D in your system is that it promotes bone loss, which is kind of interesting when you consider that Vitamin D is important for the healthy maintenance of strong bones. Get too much of it and the opposite can occur, damaging your bones. In order to avoid this fate, make sure you don’t take excessive amounts of Vitamin D supplements, but make sure you are getting enough Vitamin K in your diet to help your bones retain calcium.
Too much Vitamin D in your body can be dangerous to the health of your kidneys. If you develop Vitamin D toxicity by having too much in your system, then it can damage your kidneys and eventually lead to kidney failure. Just another reason to try to keep your Vitamin D levels in check.
What You Need to Know
At the end of the day, Vitamin D is important and you need it in order to stay healthy. But don’t think that there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing because there definitely is when it comes to Vitamin D.
Don’t be scared of Vitamin D supplements if you need them since most people don’t get enough. But you want to stay under 4,000 IU of Vitamin D per day, and make sure to have your levels checked regularly if you are taking a supplement.
If you have questions about Vitamin D and supplements, your chiropractor is a great resource for information!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.