The best source of Vitamin D is the sun but unfortunately where I live (Pacific Northwest) we don’t get a lot of sun. In order to get enough Vitamin D from the sun you must have 30% of your body exposed to the sun for 30 minutes at least 3 times per week. Since we can go MONTHS without seeing the sun, the only way we can get Vitamin D is by supplementation.
There are many other states that actually get sunshine yet the people who live there are still Vitamin D deficient. I was just at a seminar where the speakers are from sunny Texas. They test every patient who comes through their door for their Vitamin D levels. They found that over 80% are still deficient. How is that possible when they live in a sunny state? We have had sunscreen drilled into our heads so many of them do not go outside without sunscreen on. Many don’t even go outside, they just go to work and back home. The small bit of exposure to and from work isn’t enough.
Vitamin D is necessary for every cellular function. We think of it as just for our bones but it is necessary for so much more. Washington State is one of three states (Minnesota and Maine are the others) that has a very high Multiple Sclerosis (MS) rate and researchers are starting to link it to low Vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption, bone growth, neuromuscular function, immune function, reduced inflammation and for cellular support. Low vitamin D levels increase your risk for breast, colon and prostate cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, muscle pain and weakness and osteoporosis.
Vitamin D is so easy to get with supplementation. It is cheap and you can find it anywhere. You need to read the label as it must be D3. I take 4,000 IU in the fall, winter and spring. If I get sun in the summer I reduce my intake to 2,000 IU.
Please ask your doctor to have your levels checked. I have had patients whose levels were under 10, which is scary. All of them had muscle pain and many had depression, both of which improved with taking the supplement. If your levels are extremely low your doctor may put you on a very high dose to get you where you need to be. At a level under 10, 2,000-4,000 IU’s won’t be enough to get you back to acceptable levels.
I may skip some of my other supplements but I make sure I get my Vitamin D everyday. It is one of the best preventative things you can do. I use a liquid from Biotics and take one drop in the morning and one at night. Each drop has 2,000 IU of Vitamin D.
Yours In Health!