Vitamin D plays a fundamental role in optimizing the body’s internal environment in order to prevent illness. It can also be used therapeutically to support healing from hundreds of diseases.
Everyone knows we get Vitamin D from the sun but how much daily sun do we get here?! When we do have a sunny day we slap on the sunscreen to block it!
- The body finds it very hard to make vitamin D and foods don’t provide all our Vitamin D needs.
- Good food sources are oily fish, eggs and mushrooms.
- I take Vitamin D sublingually (under the tongue) as it is absorbed much better. Taking Vitamin D with turmeric helps with muscle soreness as it is also an anti inflammatory
The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 400 IU for infants, 600 IU for children and adults, and 800 IU for elderly (over 70) and pregnant or lactating women.
If you plan to take a supplement, D3, not D2, is the form you want. If you are taking magnesium too it will help your body use vitamin D.
Few foods naturally contain vitamin D, so if you’re trying to boost your vitamin D intake with food, you need to be very specific. Sources include fatty fish like salmon, sardines, or tuna; egg yolk; liver; and cod liver oil.
Some foods such as dairy products and cereals are fortified, but you would need to eat a high quantity (meaning: eat them every day) for them to make a difference.