Can Vitamin D Cause Constipation?

Can Vitamin D Cause Constipation?


Greetings, it’s Eric Bakker, the naturopath. The question today is can Vitamin D cause
constipation? Well it can, but only in extremely rare cases. You’d have to take an incredible amount of
Vitamin D to get serious side effects from it. In all the years I’ve worked with patients
I’ve never seen a serious side effect on Vitamin D. Even when I work with people up to 25,000
international units per day, three or four times that dose, 75,000 units per day for
weeks on end, months on end for treating acne. And I’ve not seen any bad effects come from
Vitamin D. However, if you’re drinking a bottle of whiskey
a day and you’re taking 5000 units of Vitamin D can be seriously bad ’cause you’re impairing
your liver function. So if you’re doing dumb things like taking
lots of Tylenol, paracetamol, ibuprofen, Valium, Paxil, if you’re taking all these drugs like
candy and taking Vitamin D, that can be a problem. And that’s what I see some patients do is
they’ll take five to six medications per day and then they’ll pop a few Vitamin C or D
tablets and they’ll think, “Oh I’ll just clean my liver out from all this toxicity.” But you can’t do that. You need to see someone like me or a doctor
or someone who understands the interaction of drugs and supplements otherwise you’re
going to be in hot water. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and you’ve
got four of them. You’ve got Vitamin A, D, E and K. They’re
all fat soluble. Now healthy people like me, they don’t usually
have any problems at all with fat soluble vitamins ’cause they don’t really do crazy
things like drink tons of alcohol or smoke or do dumb things like that. They don’t take handfuls of drugs all the
time so their liver’s pretty clean and tidy. It can easily process the fat soluble vitamin. The digestive system is in good condition. It can break the fat soluble down properly
and absorb it and excrete the waste products. That’s how the body’s meant to operate. When the body’s poisoned, however, with takeaway
foods, lots of Coca-Cola and alcohol, when you pay lip service to diet and eat whatever,
then you could have some problems with Vitamin D. This is why doctors unfortunately always zoom
in on Vitamin D saying it’s toxic, it’s bad. They’ll give out antibiotics on this hand
and on that hand they’ll take the Vitamin D from you saying it’s toxic so it’s pretty
crazy isn’t it? So Vitamin D can cause constipation in some
people if it’s taken in excessive amounts. We’re talking 40,000 international units. I’ve seen people take 5-600,000 international
units a day. Don’t laugh I’ve seen it happen. These were people that were very sick with
cancer and they thought well I’ll just really mega, mega boost on Vitamin D. A very silly
thing to do. When you megadose on Vitamin D, it can cause
hypercalcemia in the body so too much calcium buildup and that can affect your kidneys or
your eyes or your heart or your brain. It can lead to a lot of different health problems. You can also get muscle problems. You can even get seizures from high dose Vitamin
D. So you need to be cautious with Vitamin D
that you don’t go excessive. Here’s what you do. Get a blood test done. Check your level of Vitamin D. You want to
have it between 70 to 100 is a good reading for Vitamin D. Many people I see are 10, 20,
30 and the doctor says it’s perfectly fine. When I started testing patients for Vitamin
D 25 years ago, they weren’t doing Vitamin D testing. They didn’t even think it was relevant to
test for Vitamin D back then. And even now they’re reluctant to test for
it. The day will come when a test for all minerals
and vitamins in the body of every human being and medicine hopefully will working on the
premise of building up the health with minerals and vitamins rather than poisoning it with
Tylenol and Paxil and crap like that. So what’s the solution? The solution is get your Vitamin D level tested
particularly going into wintertime. Make sure that your levels are well over 50
hopefully 70. And if they’re not that level, you want to
start taking 5000 international units of Vitamin D3. Make sure you get the D3, the cholecalciferol,
the D3. So you take one capsule of that per day with
a main meal and after about I would say eight weeks, 12 weeks, get the level tested again. Make sure that your level is up around the
70 mark. That could potentially hold off a lot of chronic
diseases. It’s well worth doing. But yes it can cause constipation. If you take crazy amounts, anything can cause
constipation. So I hope that answers the question. Thanks for tuning in.

3 Replies to “Can Vitamin D Cause Constipation?”

  1. Hi Eric, I have some questions concerning vitamin D. Here in the Netherlands, especially during winter times, we don’t get a lot of sun because it is constantly clouded. So a lot of people are Vitamin D-deficient (and other stuff too of course). In a video you did on Vitamin D you stated that if your levels are too low it is advisable to take a supplement containing around 5000 IU. Any advice on which brand to take? Is the Canxida Rebuild sufficient even though it only has 50 UI?

  2. I’m suspicious that it’s causing me to be constipated. I started taking 5000iu with K2. Ever since I started, I noticed a decrease frequency for sure.

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