Vitamin D is an essential vitamin needed for a healthy liver and kidney function. Vitamin D produces receptors in the liver that help control other vitamin levels in the body. There are various ways for the body to receive Vitamin D, either through UV rays from the sun, through a well-balanced diet, or Vitamin D supplements in extreme deficiency cases.
When people suffer from kidney disease, their liver and kidneys no longer perform their regulated duties. Kidney disease causes the accumulation of waste, toxins and water in the body because the kidneys are no longer exporting these things out of the body. The kidneys are also instrumental in regulating vitamin levels in the body. When the kidney malfunctions due to kidney disease, vitamin levels in the body are at risk of being misconstrued. To assist in maintaining accurate vitamin levels in the body, making sure your Vitamin D levels are regulated is imperative.
Kidney Disease Affects Vitamin D Activation
Kidney disease can cause a lowering of the activation of Vitamin D in the body. When your Vitamin D is not activated, it cannot control the phosphorus and calcium levels in your blood.
Vitamin D is helpful in balancing out the amount of calcium and phosphorus that your body consumes from eating various foods. If the body thinks that not enough calcium is being absorbed, the parathyroid hormone will overcompensate and begin drawing calcium out of the bones. This then can create even more complications.
Foods High in Vitamin D
Fatty fish are good sources of Vitamin D, such as salmon, cod, and tuna. Milk is also a good source of Vitamin D, as well as eggs. Many cereal manufacturers also fortify their products with extra Vitamin D.
Benefits of Vitamin D
Added benefits of Vitamin D are maintaining good bone health, controlling vitamin levels, and preventing bone disease in both children and adults.
The sun’s UV rays provide an excellent source of Vitamin D. If you live in a sunny area where you can get good exposure to the sun 10 to 15 minutes a day, three times a week, you will easily satisfy the recommended amount of Vitamin D consumption.
Recommended Amount of Daily Vitamin D
For children and adults up to the age of 50, doctors recommend 200 IU per day of Vitamin D. For adults over 50, the recommended amount is 400 IU’s.
Before starting vitamin D supplements, consult your physician first. Too much Vitamin D can be toxic to a person. Your physician will test your Vitamin D levels so that you know exactly what your deficiency level is, so that the appropriate supplements may be taken. Generally, the physician will prescribe an over-the-counter Vitamin D supplement and, in extreme cases, will prescribe a oral activated Vitamin D or generic calcitriol. While taking the prescription, the physician will monitor your Parathyroid hormones to ensure that the dose of medicine is correct.