Vitamin D: Why You Need It + How To Get It
Vitamin D is critical for a healthy body.
The body needs vitamin D in order for calcium to be absorbed and used properly.
It plays a key role in the regulation of the immune system cells.
And it supports cardiovascular health and normal functioning of the nervous system.
Evidence also suggests that maintaining adequate vitamin D levels can decrease the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers as well as other chronic diseases like type II diabetes.
AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE VITAMIN D DEFICIENT.
That’s not just in the winter months in North America when there’s less sunshine. Even in the summertime, most people are probably not getting the levels they need because they either spend most of their time at work in an office or block the absorption of the sun’s UVB rays with sunscreen.
HOW DO I GET MORE VITAMIN D?
There are three ways to get vitamin D. It’s probably a good idea to use all three of these sources.
- SUNSHINE: The body makes vitamin D when the skin is directly exposed to the sun. That’s why it’s called the “sunshine vitamin.” Get 20 minutes a day of sun exposure…without SPF. Take a walk outside on your lunch break, feel the warm rays and relax a bit.
WHOLE FOODS: Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D. Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel are among the best whole food sources of vitamin D. Egg yolks provide a small amount. Mushrooms are a plant-based source of vitamin D, although only provide a small amount as well.
HIGH QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS: This is probably the best way to ensure you’re getting the proper levels of vitamin D because you simply cannot get enough through food alone AND you’re either not in the sun long enough or not at all because you’re concerned about skin damage. Vitamin D3 (as opposed to D2) is the best kind of supplement to take, but how much should you take? The Vitamin D Council recommends 5000 IU/day for adults, but the proper dosage depends on your current levels. Remember, not all supplements are created equal so be sure to choose wisely.
I personally use USANA Essentials Multivitamin to supplement my daily vitamin D intake. USANA has a 5-star rating in the Comparative Guide To Nutritional Supplements, pharmaceutical-quality manufacturing standards, and great prices.
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