This post is part of our blog series, “5 Reasons Why”, which helps readers understand why IV therapy in Toronto is an option for optimal, natural health. Stay tuned for more posts in this series!

You’ve previously learned that IV vitamins and minerals, as well as custom IV therapy, may help improve your well-being. And you’ve also heard about the “sunshine vitamin”, but what exactly is it?

This fun moniker refers to vitamin D, which the human body needs to thrive: it helps support bone health (including our teeth!); it aids in maintaining calcium and phosphorous levels; and it helps ensure the immune system is in working order.

Vitamin D influences the body in many ways. But do you really need vitamin D supplements? Brought to you by the IV Lounge, an IV therapy clinic that offers intravenous vitamins and minerals, we highlight the benefits of Vitamin D, effects of vitamin D deficiency, and why vitamin D IV therapy booster shots supplementation may be considered:

Some Canadians may have a deficiency in vitamin D.
When bare skin is revealed to the sun, your skin constructs vitamin D for the body. But in order for this to occur, you need sun exposure. During Canadian winters, we get less sunshine due to wearing winter coats and staying indoors. To maintain our vitamin D levels during winter, we may need an extra dose of vitamin supplementation. Though the administration of vitamin D is not offered through vitamin infusions in Toronto, extra vitamin D is obtainable via diet changes or taking oral vitamin supplements. Vitamin D therapies such as in the form of Vitamin D IV booster shots are also available at The IV Lounge.

Your health or lifestyle may put you at risk of a vitamin D deficiency.
Supplementation should be considered for the following people at risk of a vitamin D deficiency: people who have little sun exposure due to additional coverings (i.e. robes, scarves, etc.); the elderly; pregnant individuals; those who are obese; people diagnosed malabsorption disorders (i.e. celiac, Crohn’s, etc.); individuals with dark skin pigmentation.

Mental health and vitamin D may be related.
Low vitamin D levels may be associated with depression. For instance, people diagnosed with depression have been shown to have low vitamin D levels in studies. More research must be conducted though for definite correlations: “The mechanism whereby vitamin D may be associated with mental disorders is not clearly understood. It has been reported that there are vitamin D receptors in the hypothalamus, which may be important in neuroendocrine functioning,” explains Issues in Mental Health Nursing. (On a side note, if you’re interested in IV therapy in Toronto, click here to read this post.)

Vitamin D may help sustain the immune system.
When the body lacks vitamin D, it becomes vulnerable to health issues such as pulmonary diseases or respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis and the cold. But lab studies have suggested that optimal vitamin D levels may aid in safeguarding the body against various viruses. Thus, it wouldn’t hurt to take a vitamin D supplement during the winter months to support your wellness. You’re welcome to contact us to see how a vitamin D IV therapy booster shot and a custom intravenous vitamin treatment may also contribute to strengthening your immunity.

Chronic pain may be possibly subdued from additional vitamin D.
Scientists speculate that low vitamin D levels may impact chronic pain. However, further research must be considered for vitamin D’s precise effects: “… the hypothesis that vitamin D perhaps influences pain-signaling pathways is biologically plausible because vitamin D and/or vitamin D receptor gene expression has been shown in relevant tissues such as skin (pain signal transduction), dorsal root ganglion neurons (conduction), spinal cord (transmission/modulation), and brain (pain perception),” explains Frontiers in Immunology.

Vitamin D may help incite cancer prevention.
Vitamin D may possibly be related to cancer risk. “Early epidemiologic research showed that incidence and death rates for certain cancers were lower among individuals living in southern latitudes, where levels of sunlight exposure are relatively high, than among those living at northern latitudes,” explains the National Cancer Institute (NIH). In a study with mice, doses of vitamin D supplementation was shown to lessen the growth of cancer cells. Keep in mind though that additional research must be conducted on this topic.

Understanding vitamin D, IV vitamins and minerals, and IV therapy in Toronto

From mental health to immunity strengthening, vitamin D may provoke positive health benefits. Do you have questions about vitamin D? Or have other concerns such as what are the healthy levels of vitamins? Are blood tests required before getting a vitamin D IV therapy booster shot? Is there risk of infection? Or have questions regarding the safety of vitamin IV in general? You may get a complimentary introductory 15 minutes meeting ​with our resident IV therapy Toronto service provider Dr. Amauri Caversan ND to have these questions addressed.

At The IV Lounge, we offer various vitamin drip therapies in Toronto, as well as wellness services that cater to your personal health and lifestyle, such as dietary changes and vitamin D IV therapy booster shots. For people with more complex health conditions or have other health concerns, an initial consultation may be required. Click here to book your first appointment.

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