Let’s Talk About D, baby! Vitamin D, that is…

Let’s Talk About D, baby! Vitamin D, that is…

It may seem like a simple subject talking about a vitamin that most people are aware impacts our health, but just how aware are we? I know that years ago before I started in the medical field I was well aware that Vitamin D was necessary for our health. It was all over T.V. in milk or juice ads, I mean even tanning bed companies were touting the benefits of Vitamin D exposure in their tanning beds (please don’t use tanning beds to get Vitamin D, or a tan, or a nap, or anything — that’s another blog that I don’t have time for right now). But until I started working at my first medical office 7 years ago, I was seriously under-educated about just how necessary Vitamin D is for humans and how much we should be consuming daily.

Let’s start with what Vitamin D does for the body:

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin primarily responsible for the gut’s absorption of essential vitamins and minerals such as: Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, etc. It is also directly related to immune function, new cell growth, muscular function, and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Sounds just as important as you thought it was, right?

Well, there are some other little side-effects that Vitamin D is responsible for. No big deal or anything, you can skip this boring part if you want….

A healthy Vitamin D level can also be responsible for preventing CANCER, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, ALZHEIMER’S, AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDERS, OSTEOPOROSIS, DIABETES. Even DEPRESSION has been linked to low levels of Vitamin D.

So maybe it is a little bit more important than we all originally thought? It’s OK if you didn’t know just how much of an impact low-D can have on your body. Why would you know? It’s not like your traditional doctors are testing your levels or your insurance is paying for Vitamin D testing. So how could you have known?

It’s no secret in the medical community that Vitamin D is a major player. Heck, you can find all that I’ve written above on Big-Pharma baby, WebMD. So what gives? Why isn’t it being tested? Why does your insurance classify it as “experimental” when screened on a patient with no prior testing of Vitamin D, therefore no prior Vitamin D deficiency history? I don’t know the answer to that. I know there are some conspiracy theories we could lean into, but we’re not going to let this educational blog go down that rabbit hole.

Instead, we’re going to delve into how you can help yourself ensure your body it’s proper Vitamin D level.

So how do we know that you currently have a low Vitamin D level? Well, obviously, we don’t, hence the importance of testing. But, from just what I, personally, have seen in the 3 medical offices I have worked in over the last 7 years (2 holistic offices, 1 traditional office), is that most people just do.

The traditional primary-care medical world just doesn’t test for Vitamin D. They do the bare-bones, insurance mandated wellness screenings and only stray from the bare-bones test if there is an abnormality they need more information on (For example, a high fasting glucose level would lead to screening a confirming test for diabetes). Yet, they still don’t test for Vitamin D. The only time that I saw them get remotely close to testing Vitamin D is when they would have post-menopausal women do their bone density scan once per year. But, even then, if the results showed osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis), these women were told to take calcium and if there was a confirmation of osteoporosis, they were put on a drug. I mean, didn’t we just learn that Vitamin D helps absorb calcium??

(…I know this is a bit long, but hang in there tiger, we’re getting to the good stuff & almost done…)

From what I have seen in the holistic offices I have been in, new patients transferring from traditional offices know something is missing. Turns out, there are usually many things that are missing but one common thread is Vitamin D. The vast majority of new patients coming into Spectra Wellness are Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is screened on almost every new patient. I spend a lot of my day informing these patients that their results came in and their Vitamin D is low and here is how much your provider is recommending you supplement.

These patients aren’t aware that they have not and probably will never receive enough Vitamin D from their daily diets to maintain a healthy level. That is not to say they are eating unhealthy, even the healthiest eater can be Vitamin D deficient. There just isn’t enough D in the foods we are eating to maintain what our bodies need. This comes down to:

We’ve been pretty conditioned to believe that milk alone can provide enough daily Vitamin D. Well, this simply is not true. You’re better off giving up the dairy and switching to almond milk if you want a decent helping of Vitamin D.

Also, most people have heard that sun exposure boosts Vitamin D levels. While, yes, this is true, it is not true for everyone. This route really only works (somewhat) on people with lighter skin tones whereas darker skin-toned individuals will need about 10x the amount of sun exposure to equal the Vitamin D absorption of their lighter-skinned counterparts. This just isn’t sustainable. Also, what about people that live in areas that only have a few months of sunlight per year? Where are they to get their Vitamin D if their diet isn’t enough and they have no sun to lean on? I mean, even I’m Vitamin D deficient and I’m a young person with light skin and living in THE SUNSHINE STATE. Is anyone Vitamin D heavy anymore??

OK, I am going to calm down now and tell you where your Vitamin D level should be and how you can get it there.

First of all, ask to be screened by your PCP so you can get a number to work with. Yes, you may have to pay out of pocket for it, but it’s worth it at least once. Your lab will probably tell you that anything equal to or greater than 30 NG/ml is a good level. This is actually the absolute minimum you want to be. You really want your level to be between 60-80 NG/ml. This is important to everyone, but especially important to post-menopausal women. Healthy bones are essential and a good Vitamin D level is how you can avoid osteopenia or osteoporosis.

If you are an adult and have a level that is lower than 60-80 NG/ml you can start to build your Vitamin D level by introducing green-leafy vegetables to your diet such as kale, spinach, collards, watercress, and broccoli as well as almonds or almond milk. This is a great start, but you will also want to add a Vitamin D3 or Vitamin D3/K2 supplement to your daily regimen. You will want to take 4,000-5,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily (with food) to increase your level. You can do this for about 2 months, then decrease to 1,000-2,000 units daily (with food) to maintain your level.

If you cannot obtain a Vitamin D level through lab testing, you can still add the dietary recommendations and a supplement of 1,000-2,000 units daily with food.

Also, slow down for a minute, put your bare feet in the grass, and soak up a few minutes of sun.
It’s good for your Vitamin D level and, more importantly, good for the soul.

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This is for the individual who has already gone through their healing transformation and is now looking for more.

The Performance Journey will get you to the LIT zone — a place where you experience physical and mental vitality, energy that last all day, focus and clarity, recovery after exercise, heart centered living, and connection to self, family, friends and nature.

If you’ve known all this is possible, but haven’t been able to get here yourself, there’s no better time than now to start the Performance Journey with Dr. Lisa.

Two 1-Hour Sessions with Dr. Lisa

  • One at the start of the journey, the other towards the end.

Four 30-min Follow Up Appointments with Dr. Lisa

Priority Appointments and Scheduling

  • Get in for appointments with highest priority.

Private Number to Book

  • No need to call our phone system, members have a private number to text for more convenient booking.

One 90-minute Intuitive Session with Dr. Lisa

  • Reach your highest potential by understanding subconscious fears and blocks that are holding you back. Have in-depth discussion on your personal circumstances and goals. Get to the next level with Dr. Lisa as your guide.
  • Meditation specific to your needs.

Toolbox Genomics

  • Test DNA health and determine potential genetic risk factors, while mapping out optimal health and wellness strategies specific to you.
  • Two tests included, we will test once at the beginning of your journey and again towards the end.

HRV Readings (2)

  • See your biological vs chronological age, the state of your spine, stress levels, brain waves, etc. You will receive a plethora of information to help you better understand your current physiological health, along with specific action steps to help improve.

Biowell Scans (2)

  • Analyze your biofield for disruptions of energy so you can focus on the points of depletion and get to the root of problems.
  • Understand your body’s energetic field and chakra alignment.

The LIT Bed (6 sessions)

  • The Lit Bed is a cutting edge device that is utilized to teach you how to relax and meditate. The bed combines the healing modalities of color, music, and vibrational frequencies in a relaxing and restorative treatment.
  • Patients have reported dramatic improvements in pain, sleep, mood, and many other symptoms. Additionally, many people will be able to learn from the experience how to meditate and can more easily incorporate meditation into their daily lives.

The Bemer (6 sessions)

  • Bemer devices stimulate and increase blood flow to healthy muscles for improved performance and recovery.
  • Enhanced local circulation is achieved by delivering a patented therapeutic signal using a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology. This ensures muscles are supplied with ample oxygen and nutrients.
  • In addition to these benefits, the Bemer also supports stress reduction, relaxation, and sleep management.

2 Meyer’s IVs

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  • Our Original Myers formula is the perfect IV Vitamin Therapy drip to alleviate symptoms like inflammation, fatigue, muscle pain, jet lag and stress. This infusion also helps boost energy, increase immune support, alleviate anxiety, enhance restful sleep, elevate mood, reduce migraines, ease muscle cramps and enhance mental clarity.

$50 supplement credit at each visit

  • $300 credit over the year towards supplements.

Personalized Peptide Program

  • Peptides work to rebuild and repair damaged cells and thus are a wonderful vitality-enhancing and healthspan-extending remedy. Dr. Lisa will use whatever peptides are necessary for the particular patient, some examples are: to promote fat loss, to strengthen the immune system, to combat age-related decline, to heal the gut, ligaments, tendons and revitalize skin, to increase muscle mass, to strengthen bones, and to restore youthful metabolism.

Adjusted Chiropractic

  • $50 credit for Upper Cervical Adjustment appointment
  • Our goal here is to ensure that the brain and body are communicating clearly, and that there are not any structural misalignments that could be compromising this transmission. Because the first place this misalignment can occur is the upper cervical spine (upper neck), and postural reflexes are governed by this area, full-body alignment is dependent on upper cervical spinal alignment.

C60

  • 3 month supply included.
  • C60 is one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered due to its ability to lift the oxidative burden at the cellular level and protect the body from free-radical damage. Our C60 takes it to the next level, as it is infused with Dr. Lisa’s proprietary blend of light and energy frequencies.

Connection Work with Coach Gregg Gonzales

  • Understand the power of connection and its importance when healing oneself.
  • 1-hour session.

Bi-Monthly Check-Ins

  • 6 Accountability Check Ins – 30 min each.
  • Opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and be held accountable to the habits and lifestyle changes that are necessary to transform your life.

LIT Labs Health Performance Center

  • Special Bonus: One Free Month at Lit Labs
  • Opportunity to experience cutting edge technology designed to optimize your mitochondria, improve cellular function and enhance overall energy.

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This Transformation Journey with Dr. Lisa will start by assessing and healing your gut, adrenals, hormones and thyroid, and will then move on to higher levels of healing and performance. This is for the individual who is ready to commit to a total transformation from the inside out, to a radically more radiant You. You will be on a personalized health journey, with Dr. Lisa as your guide throughout the entire process. Now is your time to become that person who lights up the room.

Two 1-Hour Sessions with Dr. Lisa

    • One at the start of the journey, the other towards the end.

Six 30-min Follow Up Appointments with Dr. Lisa

Priority Appointments and Scheduling

  • Get in within a week, instead of months.

Private Number to Book

  • No need to call our phone system, members have a private number to text for more convenient booking.

Two 90-minute Intuitive Sessions with Dr. Lisa

  • Reach your highest potential by understanding subconscious fears and blocks that are holding you back. Have in-depth discussion on your personal circumstances and goals. Get to the next level with Dr. Lisa as your guide.
  • Meditation specific to your needs.

Toolbox Genomics

  • Test DNA health and determine potential genetic risk factors, while mapping out optimal health and wellness strategies specific to you.
  • Two tests included, we will test once at the beginning of your journey and again towards the end.

HRV Readings (2)

  • See your biological vs chronological age, the state of your spine, stress levels, brain waves, etc. You will receive a plethora of information to help you better understand your current physiological health, along with specific action steps to help improve.

Biowell Scans (2)

  • Analyze your biofield for disruptions of energy so you can focus on the points of depletion and get to the root of problems.
  • Understand your body’s energetic field and chakra alignment.

The LIT Bed (8 sessions)

  • The Lit Bed is a cutting edge device that is utilized to teach you how to relax and meditate. The bed combines the healing modalities of color, music, and vibrational frequencies in a relaxing and restorative treatment.
  • Patients have reported dramatic improvements in pain, sleep, mood, and many other symptoms. Additionally, many people will be able to learn from the experience how to meditate and can more easily incorporate meditation into their daily lives.

The Bemer (8 sessions)

  • Bemer devices stimulate and increase blood flow to healthy muscles for improved performance and recovery.
  • Enhanced local circulation is achieved by delivering a patented therapeutic signal using a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology. This ensures muscles are supplied with ample oxygen and nutrients.
  • In addition to these benefits, the Bemer also supports stress reduction, relaxation, and sleep management.

2 Meyer’s IVs

  • Improves hydration, boosts energy and enhances your overall health with the perfectly balanced blend of hydrating fluids, vital vitamins and essential minerals to help restore your energy and replenish your vitality.
  • Our Original Myers formula is the perfect IV Vitamin Therapy drip to alleviate symptoms like inflammation, fatigue, muscle pain, jet lag and stress. This infusion also helps boost energy, increase immune support, alleviate anxiety, enhance restful sleep, elevate mood, reduce migraines, ease muscle cramps and enhance mental clarity.

$50 supplement credit at each visit

  • $400 credit over the year towards supplements.

Personalized Peptide Program

  • Peptides work to rebuild and repair damaged cells and thus are a wonderful vitality-enhancing and healthspan-extending remedy. Dr. Lisa will use whatever peptides are necessary for the particular patient, some examples are: to promote fat loss, to strengthen the immune system, to combat age-related decline, to heal the gut, ligaments, tendons and revitalize skin, to increase muscle mass, to strengthen bones, and to restore youthful metabolism.

Adjusted Chiropractic

  • Initial new patient appointment and X-rays included.
  • Two follow-up appointments with upper-cervical adjustments.
  • Our goal here is to ensure that the brain and body are communicating clearly, and that there are not any structural mis-alignments that could be compromising this transmission. Because the first place this misalignment can occur is the upper cervical spine (upper neck), and postural reflexes are governed by this area, full-body alignment is dependent on upper cervical spinal alignment.

Carbon 60 Oil

  • 6 month supply included.
  • C60 is one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered due to its ability to lift the oxidative burden at the cellular level and protect the body from free-radical damage. Our C60 takes it to the next level, as it is infused with Dr. Lisa’s proprietary blend of light and energy frequencies.

Connection Work with Coach Gregg Gonzales

  • Understand the power of connection and its importance when healing oneself.
  • Two 1-hour sessions.

Monthly Check-Ins 

  • 12 Accountability Check Ins – 30 min each.
  • Opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and be held accountable to the habits and lifestyle changes that are necessary to transform your life.

LIT Labs Health Performance Center

  • Special Bonus: Two Free Months at Lit Labs
  • Opportunity to experience cutting edge technology designed to optimize your mitochondria, improve cellular function and enhance overall energy. This will likely be utilized in the latter part of the year, once we have worked to heal the base pillars like the gut, adrenals, hormones, thyroid, etc. Dr. Lisa will advise on when it’s time to utilize the tools at LIT Labs.

Access to Dr. Lisa’s online courses for 1 year

  • Keto-ish
  • 11 Pillars of Health