Why you may not get enough Vitamin D and why it matters

Why you may not get enough Vitamin D and why it matters



You’re probably Vitamin D deficient if you live in the PNW. Sun exposure is the most effective way to get Vitamin D. Sunscreen also blocks Vitamin D production and higher melanin skin tones with more natural protection from UV radiation. Covering up in clothes has the same effect.

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to several serious health conditions. Vitamin D is linked to maintaining bone density and preventing bone loss and is an essential nutrient for skeletal health.

Vitamin D helps produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. A deficiency is associated with low mood, PMS, seasonal affective disorder, mood disorders, and depression.

A deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to many health issues, from heart disease to Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies have connected it to some cancers like breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. While it’s not clear that the deficiency is related to their cause, sufficient levels appear to improve treatment outcomes.

The best way to get the Vitamin D you need is through the sun. Religious sunscreen users can benefit from waiting a few minutes before slathering. Some foods do contain D – the most absorptive version of D is D3, but you’ll likely find it easier to take a supplement.

The Institute of Medicine recommends a dietary allowance of 600 to 800 units (IU) per day. To get the bone benefits of D, you should pair your supplement with at least 1,000 mg of calcium because the two work in tandem.


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