Are you getting enough Vitamin D?  It is estimated that over 10 million Americans are deficient in vitamin D.  Vitamin D deficiencies raise the risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and a number of different cancers.

How much Vitamin D is enough?

The recommended dose for adults 18 to 50 is 200 IU. If you’re over 50 it increases to 400 IU and if you’re over 70 it increases to 600 IU.  But a number of doctors and health care professional feel that these numbers are way too low. I have clients whose doctors have recommended any where from 1,200 IU to 1.800 IU a day. In an article from the Mayo Clinic they recommend even higher doses of vitamin D Mayo Clinic Vitamin D.

Natural Sources of Vitamin D

The skin can make vitamin D from the sun.  Anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes of unprotected sun exposure twice per week will most likely give you enough vitamin D. Other good sources are fish, egg yolks, fortified milk and fish liver oil.

We all need vitamin D to absorb calcium so make sure your getting enough of it. Speak to your doctor for their recommendations.

Best- Mike Cola

Fitness Contrarian

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