Vitamin D deficiency, are you affected?

Vitamin D has been a supplement that none of us are getting enough of, or even coming close according to the latest research.  Apparently, there has been a worldwide deficiency.  Let me first say that there is not danger to an overdose of a Vitamin D supplement.  I know that there is a genuine concern for that as we try to supplement our diets with what we think we're missing.

If you are located in a state that does not get much sunshine 9 months out of the year, you are certainly subjected even more so. Did you know that the sunshine that we get in the summer months is supposed to last us through the winter months?  Depending on where you live, you might need a Vitamin D supplement all year round.  If you wear sunblock during most of those summer months, this blocks vitamin D synthesis entirely.

Get this, if you are black or of darker skin origin, you need even more exposure to sunlight, or more Vitamin D supplementation.  The good news is that most of the Vitamin D is made within the first 15 minutes of good sun exposure (this is merely a gauge as the amount of time is still a little uncertain).  So applying the sun block after that if wrinkling from sun exposure is your concern.

Our bodies were designed to get Vitamin D all year round and stocking up in the summer is just not good enough.  In these casee we need to look at supplementation.  As I mentioned, there is not any danger in getting too much of the Vitamin D supplement. 

It has been recommended to take up to 5,000 IU per day as a safe recommendation. Vitamin D is not an expensive supplement, so it's very realistic to take that amount.  Vitamin D3 is the most potent one to take and is readily available at any corner pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, WalMart etc.  There hasn't been a place where I have not seen Vitamin D3.  Vitamin D2 is a prescription medication that can be expensive, depending on your insurance.

Vitamin D can help relieve chronic aches and pains, low grade depression (or feeling blue all the time), some asthma cases, respiratory infections, and decreased risk of influenza.

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