Vitamin D is an essential nutrient, and odds are you don’t get enough. Find out why you need it, and how much to take.
Vitamin D is an essential micronutrient with a central role in maintaining health. I recommend prudent daily sun exposure to support the natural production of vitamin D in our skin as one of the best ways to get enough of this vitamin. Be certain that prudent means sun exposure without getting burned. But if, like many these days, you have few opportunities to go outside due to work, school or for other reasons, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Decreased or insufficient levels of vitamin D have been linked to:
- Suppressed immunity: Our innate systems of defense may not function efficiently without adequate vitamin D, allowing increased susceptibility to infectious agents.
- Increased risk of chronic disease: Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with a higher than normal risk of several health conditions.
- Heightened inflammation: Vitamin D is a key cofactor in regulating inflammation throughout the body.
- Speak with your doctor about checking your 25-hydroxy vitamin D level and find out if supplementing is recommended. I recommend 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day as a baseline level, more if you have depressed blood levels. Look for supplements that provide D3 (cholecalciferol) rather than D2 (ergocalciferol). The Weil Vitamin Advisor can help! QAA401588