Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Despite working out and trying to eat healthy, there are still days when I feel tired and exhausted. I assume it’s because I always want to accomplish a lot of things in a day so I end up feeling so. My assumption was soon proven false after my visit to BioBalance.

BioBalance is a wellness centre that focuses on the nutrient balancing aspect (of Health Optimization Medicine) by integrating world-class expertise of laboratory and medical partners in Europe and US. Their approach is Measured Wellness®.

Borderline deficiencies and subtle toxicities of nutrients are first measured through comprehensive testing, then a bespoke food and supplement protocol is carefully crafted to return you to optimal nutrient balance. Each body has a unique nutrient and metabolic profile, so your optimal levels will be different from others. Increased energy, resistance to disease, and overall vitality are but a few of the benefits of being in optimal health.

BioBalance_VitaminD_JackieGo_1The cozy and inviting interiors of BioBalance speaks of how they treat their clients. The consultation rooms look like receiving or living areas of a hotel, each having a hidden bathroom tucked behind the room’s full length mirror. I lavett! Peg ko to for my dream home. 😉

For those who are not fond of hospitals or private clinics because the ambiance gives you discomfort (how sterile or how too clinical they look), I think you’ll love going to BioBalance.

I am excited to learn more about BioBalance and the full range of services they offer which focuses on nutrition balancing and measured wellness. These are the aspects of my being (yes, deep) that I haven’t really tapped into yet, hopefully my consultation with them early next year will help me map these aspects out. So during my visit, we focused on the Vitamin D test. I honestly didn’t know that Vitamin D plays a huge part in our health and wellness since Vitamin C has been on the limelight all these years. I was eager to take the test as I already know that my body isn’t getting enough nutrients as per Nu Skin BioPhotonic Scanner.


Before I took the Vitamin D test, I had my InBody Analysis first. The InBody Analysis assess your body’s current state. From weight, visceral fat, to BMI, water retention and so much more. This is a good guide if you want to know more about what your body needs to function at its maximum potential.BioBalance_VitaminD_JackieGo_6

My results showed that I am on the right track. BMI was great and everything was good. I’ll elaborate more of this on a separate post as I’m currently undergoing nutritional coaching at Fitness First.


BioBalance’s wellness concierge approves of how my body is on the right track. Yeeees. 🙂

Shortly after, I took the Test4D™ – a rapid one step qualitative detection of 250H Vitamin D.

It’s just a 4-step procedure:

Collect a drop of blood.

Place on strip.

Add 4-5 drop buffer.

Wait for results in 10 minutes.


Vitamin D is vital because…

It reduces skin cancer, as it increases melanin.

It supports bone growth. Remodelling by osteoblasts and osteoclasts.

Enhances calcium reabsorption by the kidney tubules.

Modulates immune function – anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory.

Enhances nerve conduction (signals) and affects serotonin production.

Inhibits parathyroid hormone secretion.

Strengthens the heart muscle and reduces inflammation.

Stimulates insulin production of the pancreas.

Enhances calcium and phospate absorption in the intestine.

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a host of chronic disease – osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairment, diabetes mellitus type I, type II, and cancer.


Look hun, I’m positive! But no, not pregnant, I’m positive that I’m Vitamin D deficient. Boooo. Being Vitamin D deficient was the last thing on my mind (although I already had a hunch) because whenever we’re at the beach, I always get a tan and I don’t really mind walking under the sun in the city. According to BioBalance, Vitamin D can be absorbed and utilised in the body by sun exposure, eating oily fish (salmon and trout), mushroom (portobello- soshaaaal!), tuna (canned in water), pork (extra lean) and egg. But a certain amount is needed to achieve the right Vitamin D serving per day.  For egg alone, one must eat 41 pieces of large hard boiled egg everyday! Even if you eat all of these a day, they only provide a small percentage of Vitamin D that one needs, especially if one is Vitamin D deficient.

Good thing there’s Vitamin D supplements na which provides the right amount of IU needed depending on the person. In my case, I now take Vitamin D3 5,000 IU which was given to me by BioBalance. I take it once a day and now I’m on my 1st week and I’ve noticed I’m not as tired as I usually am.

Here’s a quick guide on how one can manage and keep Vitamin D within optimal level.

Get enough sun exposure.

There’s no better way to get Vitamin D but the sun. The among of Vitamin D you get from exposing yours kin to the sun depends on:

the time of day (you get more Vitamin D during middle of the day)

color of your skin (pale skins make Vitamin d more quickly than darker skins)

the amount of skin you expose (the more skin you expose, the more Vitamin D your body will produce)

barriers like cloud cover, sunblock, behind a glass and smog reduce UVB penetration.

Eat more Vitamin-D rich food.

Food in general provides very limited source of Vitamin D. It is nearly impossible to get what you need from food, however those that contain a fair amount of Vitamin D includes fatty fish, beef liver, egg yolk, fortified milk and cereals.

Take the right Vitamin D supplement.

Recommended form of Vitamin D is cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3). It is the type of Viatmin D your body produces in response to sun exposure.

Have your Vitamin D tested at least every 6 months.

Test4D™ Vitamin D test can is available at BioBalance for P1,100. It’s relatively cheaper than having it done in a hospital and it has 97% accuracy rate. For more information about this test visit the BioBalance website.


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