*Probably not! Some truly disturbing research has come to light (pun intended) that suggests as many as three quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is the only vitamin that is also a hormone and until recently, medical researchers believed its main biological function was to assist the body in absorbing calcium – which helps to build strong bones and avoid osteoporosis. Now, it is believed to play a role in heart disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and a number of autoimmune diseases.
Two forms of Vitamin D
There are two forms of Vitamin D relevant to humans. Vitamin D3 is the most natural and is received from the sun, and Vitamin D2 is found in a very limited number of foods such as eggs, cod liver oil and fortified milk.
According to the Vitamin D Council:
“If well adults and adolescents regularly avoid sunlight exposure, research indicates a necessity to supplement with at least 5,000 units (IU) of vitamin D daily. To obtain this amount from milk one would need to consume 50 glasses. With a multivitamin more than 10 tablets would be necessary. Neither is advisable. The skin produces approximately 10,000 IU vitamin D in response 20–30 minutes summer sun exposure—50 times more than the US government’s recommendation of 200 IU per day!”
Blood test is available
It is possible for physicians to accurately determine the Vitamin D level by administering a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test to check the relevant blood levels. Most doctors can perform this test very easily. My experience is that every female client I have suggested to be tested has been deficient.
See this 6min and 21second video where Dr. Mehmet Oz explains the benefits of Vitamin D
Human beings were meant to be outside in the sunshine. It is summer, so enjoy!
*If you have any health issues from too much sun exposure, please check with you doctor before getting outside.
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