Start with my post “The Importance of Sunlight for the Brain” when you’re not already informed about why it’s crucial to get enough sunshine or at least Vitamin D/UVB light/infrared light and how to get it!
This challenge only lasts 11 days of gulping down high doses of Vitamin D supplements so it should be easy! And no: I don’t recommend taking such high doses on a daily basis after the desired Vitamin D level is reached.
I used a free online calculator for Vitamin D dosage that helped me calculate how much Vitamin D supplementation was needed to get my desired serum level.
Here’s an example of a calculation for my need of Vitamin D (5.000IU supplement):
“To increase your vitamin D level from 33.6 ng/ml to the desired value of 60 ng/ml, you should take 57 vitamin D pills. To do this, take 5 tablets a day, for ten days. Take the remaining 7 pills the next day.”
Maintenance dosage: “For keeping the vitamin D level at ca. 60 ng/ml, you should take 25 pills a month.”
You should know that the 25 pills a month can be diminished if I get more sun (in summer) or Vitamin D production from an UVB light.
The calculator is down now and I didn’t find a free one – BUT I’ve found the formula (by Dr. von Helden) you can easily apply for your Vitamin D3 optimization:
(Desired increase in ng/ml) x (body weight in kg) x 0.028 = Number of 5.000 IU capsules → multiply with 5.000 to get overall IU intake needed! → divided by days you’d like to megadose (11 days or more) = IU amount per day → divided by supplementation dose (e . g. 5.000 IU) = daily capsule intake for the desired amount of days!
(Target value in ng/mL) x (body weight in kg) x 0.0056 = number of 5.000 IU capsules per month!
Now you could calculate your monthly IU needs and adjust your supplementation accordingly!
Day 1: 02.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 5-7/10
Day 2: 03.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 6-8/10
Day 3: 04.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 7-8/10
Day 4: 05.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 6-8/10
Day 5: 06.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 7-8/10
Day 6: 07.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 6-9/10
Day 7: 08.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 7/10
Day 8: 09.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 5-6/10
Day 9: 10.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 4-7/10
Day 10: 11.02.2017 – 5 x 5.000IU → Mood: 4-6/10
Day 11: 12.02.2017 – 7 x 5.000IU → Mood: 3-7/10
The first few days I thought: This can’t possibly be the solution to all my problems I had with my mood and energy levels! I felt soo happy that I megadosed Vitamin D after checking my serum level! It was such an easy solution! Too good to be true!
Unfortunately 4 days before ending this experiment my mood was down again 🙁 As long as I don’t move much my energy levels are pretty stable but just going a few steps uphill makes me want to lie down and sleep the rest of the day.
I’m not unhappy at all that I’ve increased my Vitamin D level because a stable level will help me with other possible health issues like bone density and dentin remineralization! Just not with depression and energy levels as it seems…the search continues!
You can take on your own Vitamin D challenge after testing your serum level! Let me know how you’re doing with high doses of Vitamin D and how you feel with a better serum level!
If you should have any questions regarding this challenge please feel free to ask me in the comment section below. I’d be thrilled if you would share your experience with me 🙂