Updated: Jun 8, 2020
How Does Vitamin D Compliment Reiki?
At Equilibrium Holistic Healing, whilst we concentrate on using an array of healing therapies when helping our clients with their mental and spiritual health, we are also cognisant that physical health is a key component in any holistic approach. A happy mind needs a happy body!
Eating a healthy diet rich in protein and healthy fats is indeed a great starting point but I would also suggest having blood tests at least once a year to establish your baseline levels for key health markers. Out-of-range hormone levels or a deficiency in any key vitamins/minerals can have a huge knock on effect to overall mental and physical well-being. Having optimal Vitamin D levels, for example, is especially important for those fighting Anxiety and Depression
What is Vitamin D? Well, Vitamin D is in fact a group of fat-soluble compounds responsible for increasing the absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. As well aiding the absorption of these key minerals, Vitamin D has multiple other biological effects, including the production of ‘feel good’ hormones. Research has shown that Vitamin D plays an important role in the regulation of mood, helping to ward off Depression and Anxiety. The most important compounds within this merry group, are D3 and D2.
The major natural source of this Vitamin D is from the suns radiation (specifically UVB) via the skin, but it can also be absorbed from food and supplementation. It should be noted that only a few foods contain significant amounts of Vitamin D, with the flesh of fatty fish containing the highest absorbable amount per gram consumed. Supplementation for Vegetarians and Vegans is therefore usually recommended.
In an ideal world, we would all be receiving adequate sun exposure to ensure we had optimal Vitamin D levels. Sadly for us in the northern hemisphere and for those required to work for long hours inside (this applies especially to my London clients), our sun exposure if exceptionally low.
Conversely, with the continued rise of the instances of skin cancer, those who have an abundance of sunshine are encouraged to avoid all UVB exposure and thus have similar issues to their northern hemisphere counterparts.
It has been estimated that over one billion people are deficient in Vitamin D, which is attributed to a consuming insufficient amounts of Vitamin D in conjunction with inadequate sun exposure.
With all matters of nutritional and physical health, I always refer out to a trained professional and as such, I use Medichecks https://medichecks.com/ when having my blood markers taken. As part of their service, a Medical Professional will analyse your blood results and make specific recommendations, whether it be supplementation or the suggested further testing via your GP.
Whilst I never give any medical advice, I personally ensure I get outside for at least 30 minutes in the winter, when the sun is weaker, and 15 minutes in the summer, as well as taking a daily Vitamin D supplement to cover all my bases.
I have posted a link below to the Vitamin D supplement I use which you can get from Amazon (this includes Vitamin K2 and is in a liquid form for maxium absorbtion).