I was just reading about the natural sources of vitamin d. I don't do well with most supplements and wondered how most of you are getting your vitamin d. Do you just spend time outside in the sun daily?
Yep, the suns rays are the strongest between 10am-4pm so just avoid those hours. You really only need 15minutes a day, I like to take a walk in the early morning or around sunset. I get my Vitamin D and a little exercise :)
Sissy, while I agree with you in theory, I beg to differ in practicality. We can synthesize Vitamin D by exposure to the sun. However, our geographical location and genetic makeup play significant roles in our our ability to synthesize this vital vitamin.
I live in Toronto. At this time of year, we lack sufficient sunshine to synthesize enough Vitamin D. In fact, recent bloodwork revealed that my Vitamin D level is essentially zero. Last week I had several pre-cancerous lesions removed from my head and I am under strict orders to wear a hat and apply sunscreen anytime I am outside. Therefore, I am pretty much unable to synthesize Vitamin D from the sun for the foreseeable future.
Currently, I am on a regimen that includes supplemental Vitamin D of 5,000 IU's/day in an attempt to build up my level.
As part of its broadcast last night, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) reported that Canada has one of the highest levels of Multiple Sclerosis, and that Vitamin D deficiency this far north may be a contributing factor.
Stephanie, if you have an issue with supplements, I suggest you look for Vitamin D fortified products. Just as milk (yuck!) is fortified, I believe alternative products--such as soy milk--are also fortified with Vitamin D.
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