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BHENDRICK2 Posts: 1,207
5/27/14 9:15 P

i had low vitamin d as well and i was prescribed a vitamin d supplement to help

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
5/27/14 3:08 P

Also, talk to your supervisor and/or the HR people at work about whether you could get flex time to get outdoors midday. If smokers in your workplace get breaks to go out and smoke, it's pretty much guaranteed that you can have the same amount of time to go out and not smoke. (And if you ask for a "non-smoke" break and they say no, just say, "Well, I'm now a smoker," and take the smoke break but "forget" your cigarettes.)

ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,937
5/26/14 4:54 P

Thank you for the article. I will be seeing a provider this week and will get some guidance.


5/26/14 3:00 P

Please see this reliable article on the testing, diagnosis and treatment of vitamin D deficiency:

In this article, it appears that less than 30 is considered insufficiency of the nutrient. This is where you would fall with the 22 you reported.
Less than 20 is deficiency.
Less than 10 is severely deficient.

I think a talk with your doctor is your most appropriate action to take to determine the appropriate treatment route for your level.

Your SP Registered Dietitian

ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,937
5/26/14 10:35 A


I believe you are correct. Unfortunately, I work a lot and my opportunities for sunshine are somewhat limited. Its sad because I live in California, and I love the sun! I just have to go to work very early, have a long commute, and its usually 5:00 PM by the time I get home.


So I brought a copy of my labs home with me. My level is 22/ng/mL, the reference value is 30-100ng/mL. That is a big range. I am used to interpreting labs that have a much narrower range. Does that mean I am really low? Thanks for your help. The first time I was ever told my vitamin D was low was about 4 years ago (when this whole Hashimoto's diagnosis was made).

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/26/14 9:56 A

I thought the best place to get vitamin D from was sunshine. Besides whatever is in my food, I just get a little sunshine.

5/26/14 9:22 A

To the original poster:
There are several issues that need to be addressed in your post. By the way---this is a very good question.

1. This product is "safe" to use, especially if you plan on using it to flavor only 1-2 servings of water daily with a squeeze. If you are planning to flavor 6-10 servings of water daily, I would suggest a flavoring product that does not contain additional nutrients. So many foods are now "fortified" with additional nutrients---"over-fortification" is a concern.

2. I would not rely on this product to return your vitamin D level to a healthy amount. Usually when someone is in a deficiency state, the doctor needs to give a prescription amount of the supplement. This is usually a very high amount that is taken for a period of time to return the body to normal level. Then by being more conscious of food intake and the use of over the counter supplements, and exposure to sunshine; one can then maintain this amount. The doctor will usually do follow up testing.
***I would suggest you call the doctor and find out exactly "what" you are to take and how much and for how long. The term "low" is confusing. Did the doctor mean deficiency low, or just a little lower than the normal amount.

Hope this helps--
Your SP Registered Dietitian

ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,937
5/26/14 8:38 A

I don't know why he didn't just write me a prescription. I should have insisted on it, but I was focused on something else.

I had my Thyroid ablated 4 years ago and I have been feeling really sluggish lately. I'm not sure my primary care provider can interpret my Thyroid panel so I needed him to give me a referral to an endocrinologist. He wrote the referral and that's what I needed.

Truth be told, I don't know what to do with the Vitamin squeeze powder my husband bought. I just thought if it was safe and actually had vitamin D it might be ok. I do see that it has some other vitamins as well.

Don't we pee away excess water soluble vitamins? But, fat soluble vitamins you can go overboard on? I don't think the website/label differentiates which type of vitamin D it contains.

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,394
5/26/14 4:47 A

Yes, it is possible to overdose but you would have to have a hell of a lot. Vitamin D2 isn't necessarily synthetic. There are 2 types of Vit D - Vit D3 comes from animal sources (lanolin is a common one in the UK) and is therefore vegetarian but not vegan. Vitamin D2 is from plant sources - the one I take is alfalfa based and is therefore vegan. The best form is emulsified. In my experience, the supplements prescribed by doctors here in the UK are rarely the best form or brand - they're usually the cheapest! That's why I buy my own my own supplements, after advice from my nutritional therapist.

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5/26/14 4:26 A

I don't know what type of supplements that you get OTC where you are, but here (New Zealand) my Dietitian told me that my Vitamin D needs to be prescribed because it is a different type to the OTC ones. She said the OTC ones aren't the ones that are effective. My prescription supplement is Cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) whereas the other is a Synthetic form (vitamin D2)

Regarding the previous poster's comment:
".....and it's nigh on impossible to overdose on Vitamin D.", well it IS possible (in the supplement form) and can cause Vitamin D toxicity,

and they can also interact with certain medications - some of them commonly prescribed, so if you are on meds already, your medical provider or pharmacist should guide you on the best time to take them in relation to each other.


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 5/26/2014 (04:27)
EMSR2D2 Posts: 1,394
5/26/14 4:02 A

Vitamin D is stored in the liver and it's nigh on impossible to overdoes on Vitamin D. What's the actual dosage of your supplement? I clicked on the link but it only says it has "50%" - I assume that's 50% of the RDA, but it doesn't say how many mg.

The one I take is 1000mg and sometimes I take it twice a day. If your doctor thinks your levels are sufficiently low, he/she should have prescribed a supplement for you to take.

That powder is also not just Vitamin D and if you're genuinely deficient in that one vitamin, you should be taking a single-vitamin supplement.

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5/26/14 1:55 A

Becky is Dietitian Becky - SP's Registered Dietitian.


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5/26/14 1:46 A

Who is Becky?

5/26/14 12:04 A

Not Becky but...those only have 10% of your vitamin D. A glass of milk has 25%. Did your doctor tell you how much to take? I would call and clarify.

Something like this gives much more:

I can't swallow pills so i resort to gummies.

Edited by: LILSPARKGIRL at: 5/26/2014 (00:06)
ATHENA1966 Posts: 3,937
5/25/14 7:19 P

My provider recently told me that my Vitamin D levels are low and I need to take a supplement. My husband bought me this Vitamin Squeeze powder for my water. If I only use one squeeze in my water, that should be safe right? It has a narrow opening (so you can't dump the whole thing in). It tastes ok. This is the link to what I am talking about:>

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