Vitamin D deficiency is becoming increasingly common these days and has caught my attention as a topic of study for several years now. There may be multiple factors or reasons for this deficiency, but I am particularly interested in exploring those that are most relevant in my surroundings.

Why is it important?

Here is why:

a) regulates autophagy

b) regulates anti-inflammatory pathways

c) regulates transcription of diff chemicals that keep us healthy

d) regulates sleep

The interrelation between vitamin D and autophagy, anti-inflammatory pathways, transcription of different chemicals, and sleep is well-established by scientific research. While autophagy is known to occur during sleep, there may be other factors that contribute to the effectiveness of vitamin D in regulating these pathways. It is possible that individual variations in genetics, lifestyle, and environment may influence the impact of vitamin D on these pathways.

In my case, despite sleeping well, I still experienced a vitamin D deficiency. However, my recent blood test results showed improved vitamin D levels. It may be worth exploring factors that contributed to this improvement, such as changes in diet or exposure to sunlight. It is important to note that while food sources and sunlight exposure are the primary sources of vitamin D, supplements may be necessary for some individuals to achieve adequate levels.

Anti-aging has been my subject of interest for a few years now, and I am fascinated by it. Recently, I have been feeling a lot younger in every aspect of my life, so I was curious to learn if anything had changed in my blood report that could explain this. I wanted to know if I had improved in any way since my last report, hence I had my blood comprehensively checked. The results were exceptional and flawless – every single marker was as good as one can imagine, including my Vitamin D levels.

The reports look exceptional/flawless – every single marker is as good as one can imagine including Vitamin D.

So I asked myself if Vitamin D deficiency could cause premature ageing? While I am confident that I am biologically younger than my actual age, I am curious about the factors that keep me feeling and looking young as I age. I plan on getting my biological age checked in about a year, but for now, it’s just satisfying to be a student of the subject.

This is a good example of how different factors can be interrelated and contribute to aging. Consuming foods and grains with deuterium can increase the presence of this heavy hydrogen in the body, which can in turn affect the body’s ability to efficiently produce Vitamin D from sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency can then promote telomerase activity, which is responsible for repairing and adding guanine-rich repetitive sequences to telomeres. Telomeres are structures found at the end of chromosomes that protect the genome from degradation and damage, and their progressive shortening has been associated with increased incidence of diseases and poor survival. Therefore, maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D and minimizing deuterium intake can potentially help to slow down the aging process.

A mixed diet that includes foods with less deuterium can help balance out the presence of deuterium in our bodies, which in turn can help optimize Vitamin D levels. It’s always recommended to have a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods to ensure that we’re getting all the necessary nutrients for our overall health and wellbeing.

How to maintain Vitamin D levels and improve mitochondrial health:

Observations show that people who eat a lot of rice, wheat, or grains tend to be on the heavier side, with weight gain being directly related to poor mitochondrial health. While exercising is known to improve mitochondrial health, food intake is also a significant factor.

Two questions arise:

  1. Could the association between Vitamin D and deuterium, and its effect on mitochondrial health, be causal and potentially the reason for poor health?
  2. Could eating too many grains without exercising be the reason for bad mitochondrial health, considering that overeating is not necessarily the cause of weight gain in many cases?

To maintain optimal Vitamin D levels and improve mitochondrial health, it is recommended to have a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. While grains are a source of deuterium, a mixed diet can balance it out. Regular exercise is also crucial for maintaining mitochondrial health.

Basis of my hypothesis:

During a two-week stay at an ashram where the diet consisted of high amounts of vegetables and rice flour, I experienced constipation and fatigue despite high fiber intake. I speculated that deuterium, which is present in high quantities in vegetables and grains like rice, may have been a contributing factor. I also compared my ashram diet with my usual diet at home, which includes more protein, less grain, and a more varied mix of foods.

Although I am unsure if myVitamin D levels were affected during my ashram stay or if my home diet provides enough Vitamin D. I did not get much sun exposure and mostly relied on yogurt as their main source of Vitamin D, which only makes up 15% of their daily intake. I believe that a balanced diet and exercise may have helped increase my Vitamin D levels, but there is definitely the need for further research on the subject.

Supplementation – I took Vitamin D supplements in total for say 3/4 months in total in 2 years.