Chances are, you need Vitamin D Supplements— even in the summertime!
Sunlight is the most common and efficient source of vitamin D. We often think were getting enough vitamin D (cholecalciferol) from the sun in the summer months alone but through clinical experience and testing vitamin D levels through the blood, it’s usually not enough! Ideally we want our functional levels of vitamin D at about 80 ng/mL and others with autoimmune issues at 100 ng/mL. Unfortunately most patients tested are falling below 30 ng/mL and supplementation through a good sourced, highly absorbable form of vitamin D is needed.
How Vitamin D Helps Us
Maintain the health of bones and teeth.
Support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system.
Regulates insulin levels and aid diabetes management.
Support lung function and cardiovascular health.
Influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency May Include
Becoming sick or contracting an infected more often
Painful bones and back, muscle pain
Impaired wound healing
The richest food sources of vitamin D are fish oil and fatty fish including cod liver oil, herring, sockeye salmon, sardines, tuna, and eggs.
Left untreated, chronically low levels of Vitamin D can lead to issues of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis, and neurodegenerative diseases.
In a randomized clinical trial, sunlight exposure or vitamin D supplementation for vitamin D-deficient non-western immigrants: a randomized clinical trial. States, “Vitamin D supplementation is more effective than advised sunlight exposure for treating vitamin D deficiency” Although several other research sources still support moderate amounts of sunlight in addition to vitamin D supplementation.
Sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes is recommended 2-3 times per week allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D, but vitamin D breaks down quite quickly, meaning that stores can run low, especially in winter.
What is the Right Amount of Vitamin D:
Each person should be familiar with their current vitamin D levels to know if they require maintenance or loading dose based on those levels. By working with a Functional Medicine Practitioner to check these levels and others can help you improve your quality of health. Also help you in choosing appropriate dietary recommendations and taking the correct supplements.