How Do We Get Vitamin D?
There are two ways to get vitamin D:
- Exposure to sunlight
- Ingesting food or vitamin D supplements
Sunlight is the best way to receive the amount of vitamin D your body requires. According to The Food and Nutrition Board the recommended daily intake of vitamin D is:
- Infants: 400 IU/day
- Ages 1-70: 600 IU/day
- Seniors (age 71 and older): 800 IU/day
- *IU (International Unit) is the official unit of measurement for fat soluble vitamins.
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A new study shows that people who use tanning beds have three times more vitamin D than people who don’t tan. (See chart above)
Vitamin D has been proven to reduce your chances of the common cold by 70%! Recent studies have found that vitamin D just might protect against chronic illnesses, including auto-immune diseases, heart disease, infections, diabetes, and some cancers.
Are You Vitamin D Deficient?
There are several things that could cause vitamin D deficiency.
Many experts believe that the primary reason for today’s widespread vitamin D deficiency is most likely due to the increased amount of time people spend indoors. With things like air conditioners, TV, Internet access and the like cropping up over the last few decades, people have slowly become deprived of their primary source for this essential vitamin.
However, there are a few causes that many people aren’t even aware of. These include:
- Sunscreen inhibits UV rays from sinking into your skin and stimulating the vitamin D process. However, sunscreen helps protect skin from burning, so it’s recommended that you go without it very sparingly. To get a sufficient amount of vitamin D you should only expose your skin for about half the time it takes to develop a sunburn (about 10 minutes for fair skinned individuals and up to an hour for those with darker skin).
- Naturally dark skin. Skin with a darker pigment cannot absorb as much UV light.
- Obese individuals typically require a greater amount of vitamin D.
- Some medications have been known to affect vitamin D metabolism.
Symptoms of being vitamin D deficient are:
- Bone pain
- Weak muscles
- Brittle bones (numerous bone fractures)
Vitamin D helps our bodies regulate our calcium intake, so it’s essential that we maintain regular levels.
How Do You Treat Vitamin D Deficiency?
Luckily, it’s relatively easy to bounce back from vitamin D deficiency!
You should always speak to your doctor right away if you have any concerns about your health. For vitamin D deficiency, it’s usually recommended that the individual should make changes to their diet, adding more foods that are rich in vitamin D nutrients. Foods like fish, cheese, eggs beef liver, and mushrooms. However, most foods that offer vitamin D only have it small amounts, so it’s nearly impossible to get your daily requirement just from food.
And of course, we can’t forget orange juice!
Vitamin D supplements are another excellent way to boost your vitamin D levels! They provide your body with essential vitamins that nourish your skin, which accelerates the tanning process. Although, UV exposure is still the best way to get the required daily amount of vitamin D we need!
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