How much sun exposure might one need to get their target vitamin D level to that found associated with the lowest total mortality rate?
…Well, it depends. It depends on our age, how long we’re exposed, the time of day, the time of year, our latitude, our skin color, our use of sunscreen, and how much of our body we’re exposing. Even in Boston, though, all it takes is 10-12 minutes of mid-day summer sun without sunblock… if you’re a young pale naked caucasian. But then you’re golden! Actually, you’d be a little pink. It’s not easy to make one-size fits all recommendations for how much sun exposure one might need. Low vitamin D status despite abundant sun exposure has been found even in the best of circumstances: young half naked skateboarders in Honolulu, mostly caucasian, averaging 30 hours of sun a week were still found to be mostly difficient.
If they can’t, who can? These days, even if we’re an albino nudist at the equator, how often might we be getting outside in middle of the day with a desk job? So, if we’re really interested in getting to the vitamin D level associated with the lowest mortality rates, and our lifestyle or latitude won’t allow us the necessary sun exposure… then one needs to take vitamin D supplements. The piddly amounts added to soymilk, calf-milk, margarine or mushrooms are simply not enough.
Estimates range as high as 90% of all US citizens are deficient in Vitamin D.
Here’s a quick video about symptoms and some food sources of vitamin D
We have some high quality vitamin D supplements available at Holistic Wellness. Stop by or give us a call if you’re in the majority of people that could benefit from a vitamin D supplement.
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