Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.
 


Ask Dr Pam   

What are the health benefits of vitamin D (D3)?

Vitamin D (D3) acts as both a vitamin and a hormone in our body. We are still discovering all of the actions D3 is part of in our bodies. We do know that it is an important component to maintaining a healthy immune system. Most Canadians become deficient in D3 during the winter months as we do not get the correct angle of sunlight like we do in the summer months. 

As vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, there is an upper limit to how much a person should take. This means that it is stored in the body and not eliminated right away. Too much can elevate serum calcium levels which may increase risk of kidney stones. Consult your healthcare practitioner to identify your serum levels before supplementing with more than 1000 IUD. 

Tips for maintaing health while travelling are available here. Read this post to find out the difference between cold, flu's and allergies. For information about preventing allergies, check out this post. Tips for preventing colds and flu's can be found here and about preventing the spread of colds and flu's here.