What is Vitamin D?
- Fat-soluble vitamin (but really a hormone)
- Synthesized when sun rays hit our skin
- Naturally present in very few foods (some fish, egg yolks, beef liver, mushrooms)
- Converted by our liver and kidneys into a hormone
What does it Do?
It is required for:
- Adequate calcium absorption
- Optimal bone health
- Regulating the immune system
- Reducing inflammation
Too little vitamin D can make you more prone to infection, illness, cardiovascular disease, and mood disorders like depression.
It’s important to get your vitamin D level routinely checked and supplement accordingly with the direction of your health care provider.️ Optimal Vitamin D status can be achieved by:
- Spending time in the sun
- Consuming vitamin D-fortified foods
- Taking a supplement (D3 typically animal sourced but can be vegan, D2 plant sourced)
I had my vitamin D level checked in May 2019 and it was 26 ng/mL, which is low (reference range: 30.0-100 ng/mL). I was reading that about 40% of the US population is vitamin D deficient. I’m currently supplementing (10,000 IU/day) with the direction of my health care provider and will get it re-checked in a few months.
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