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Our bodies can make vitamin D from sun exposure and absorb it from the foods we eat.  Living in the Midwest may not provide sufficient UVB exposure for us to make enough vitamin D.  There is growing evidence that a large part of the population is insufficient in vitamin D.

Here are a few reasons why we need vitamin D:

  • Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth – important for BOTH men and women.
  • Some forms of cancer such as breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancer may be prevented with adequate vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D may prevent Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS patients tend to be deficient in vitamin D.
  • Symptoms of depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia may be relieved with increased vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Support immune function and reduce inflammation.

Although vitamin D may not be our only deficient nutrient, it’s important to eat a variety of foods to get the full spectrum of nutrients in your diet.

Here are a couple of ways to increase your vitamin D levels:

Have these food sources of vitamin D – milk, fish, eggs and fortified cereals.

Take a supplement of vitamin D3, the preferred and most active form of vitamin D. Be careful with supplements and don’t overdo it, too much vitamin D can cause problems. 

In my experience, it seems that anyone who is tested is found to be low in vitamin D. 

 Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D by age:

0-12 months—400 IU

1-70 years—600 IU

> 70 years—800 IU

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