Most of us do not get enough daily Vitamin D. Few foods contain Vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not provide many adults with enough Vitamin D from their daily diets. Individuals that live in areas where there is little sun in the winter or overcast most days also risk having low Vitamin D. This can be an issue for a variety of reasons.
Having consistently healthy Vitamin D levels benefits your:
- Metabolic Health
- Cardiovascular Health
This means with consistently low Vitamin D levels you can be more likely to get sick, have a low mood, have unhealthy skin, have a higher risk of osteopenia and more. Take Thorne Research’ example just regarding mood:
“Most people know that a little sunshine will boost their mood – but this isn’t just because it feels good. Although the mechanism isn’t fully understood, it is believed that vitamin D plays a role in regulating the brain’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin. There are vitamin D receptors in nearly every part of the brain – and we have a lot to learn about them. What we do know is that a low level of vitamin D can place individuals at risk for low mood. Keeping your level normal might help reduce your odds of feeling blue.”
Here are the foods that have higher naturally occurring Vitamin D. How many of them are in your diet?
- Wild Caught Salmon (988 IU)
- Halibut (600 IU)
- Tuna (236 IU)
- Shrimp (152 IU)
- Egg Yolk from Free Range Eggs (80 IU)
How much Vitamin D do I need?
This varies from person to person. The best way to see if your Vitamin D is low would be to have it tested by your doctor. The FDA recommends we consume at least 600-800 IU per day of Vitamin D with the latter number being for individuals over 70 years of age. However, other experts suggest that adults’ vitamin D needs are much higher. For example, the Endocrine Society recommends up to 1,500 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily for adults. Mayo Clinic agrees that 1,000 to 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D from a supplement is generally safe, should help people achieve an adequate blood level of vitamin D, and may have additional health benefits.
What Vitamin D Supplement Should I Take?
I have provided below 2 links to Thorne Research Vitamin D supplements and 4 quiz links that are more goal specific. As always, check with your doctor before taking a supplement.
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To get this discount:
Complete the quiz or click the supplement link > click to check out > click “sign in” > Sign in (if you already have an account) or click to create an account > Once you have created your account you will see you are attached to “Jay Morgan” as your practitioner and you should see your 10% discount applied.
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