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The Best Way to get Vitamin D–Not at the Beach!

A recent study shows that we utilize vitamin D supplements better when they are taken with our biggest meal of the day.  When patients who were deficient in vitamin D started taking their supplement with the biggest meal, they increased their vitamin D levels by 56%.  So for those of you who need vitamin D, take your supplement with your largest meal to improve its absorption.  To learn more about vitamin D, read my blog on this topic here.

The Scoop on Vitamin D

The scoop on Vitamin D

You may have heard a lot of news recently about importance of vitamin D.   The major role of vitamin D is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorous.  However, recent studies suggest that vitamin D plays a greater role in our health and well being than previously believed. Specifically, vitamin D has been shown to be important in preventing osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and even autoimmune disease.  Foods rich in vitamin D include fish, eggs, fortified milk, and cod liver oil.  Sunlight also contributes to our daily production of vitamin D.  When our skin is exposed to ultraviolet light it makes vitamin D.  This is where the controversy lies.

Studies suggest that most people don’t get enough vitamin D for many reasons.  In general, we spend less time outside and when we are outside we are using sunscreen.  To make matters worse, those of us with darker skin are at an even higher risk of vitamin D deficiency.  Some advocates of indoor tanning have suggested that tanning beds are a solution to the vitamin D deficiency.  The American Academy of Dermatology clearly disagrees due to the increased risk of skin cancer with tanning beds.  Instead the AAD suggests that people get vitamin D by eating vitamin D-fortified foods and taking supplements.  Simple blood tests will determine if you are vitamin D deficient.  If you find out that you are vitamin D deficient, don’t go out and bake in the sun to get your vitamin D.  Instead eat a healthy diet and take supplements to replenish your vitamin D stores.