Vitamin D is gaining way more attention and the funny thing is that technically it’s not even a vitamin! It’s a hormone.
I’m not going to bore you with the nitty-gritty scientific details. I just want to give you some basic info and actionable items.
So you need vitamin D for optimal bone health and also (more importantly) immune function!
Sun shines on your skin, cholesterol and UVB combine to produce Vitamin D, but it needs to travel to the LIVER and then KIDNEY to become activated. (That’s your physiology lesson)
Here are the factors which affect how much Vitamin D is produced:
I usually advise patients to target optimal levels around 35-45 ng/ml (we used to think it was higher)...but high levels of fat-soluble “vitamins” can pose toxicity issues. High doses can be used (under proper guidance) for short periods of time.
Levels below 20 ng/mL will need assistance (sun exposure and supplementation)
Producing Vit D from the sun is always better than supplements. But if you don’t live where the sun is shining so bright (like the Pacific NW), supplementation becomes critical.
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Now a big issue with vitamin D production from sun exposure is your skin hydration levels. This is a big reason why people may get optimal sun exposure, but still, have relatively low levels of vitamin D.
Even drinking lots of water won't necessarily help with improving your hydration levels as most of the water we drink actually acts as a diuretic. There are a couple ways you can improve hydration levels:
Hope you found this informative!
Be well & aloha
Other Interesting Tid Bits:
Traditional Hunter-Gatherers have vitamin D levels at about 40-45 ng/mL
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