vidamin d supplements vs sunshine

Asked by  georgeH2 on December 3, 2014


  • Jeff Nicklas
    Keymaster
     Jeff Nicklas on

    Hi,

    The best and most natural way to get the vitamin D that you need is through sun exposure. This is because humans evolved to be out in the sun and safe, sensible sun exposure is associated with benefits outside of vitamin D production.

    Now, in today’s world it is very hard for many to get outside during the right time of day for vitamin D production, or they live in areas where sunlight capable of vitamin D production doesn’t reach Earth’s surface.

    That is why we recommend supplements as the next best bet. Overall, we would recommend that you get moderate sun exposure between 10:00AM and 2:00PM on the days that you can, and supplement on the days that you cannot.

    Answered by  Jeff Nicklas on
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  • Debs33
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     Debs33 on

    I spend around 1 hr per day out in the sun, not all at once though. 20 minutes 3 times per day. I get enough sun to give my skin a nice light tan but not enough to burn. I also eat beautiful fresh organic Eggs ( i have my own chickens 🙂 ), I eat plenty of fresh fish, Tinned tuna etc yet my Vitamin D levels are 13 nmol/L. Are their conditions that can cause the body not to absorb Vitamin D?

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  • IAW
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     IAW on

    By accident you posted your question under “answers” instead of a question!
    At what latitude do you live and do you “spend the hour” each day “all year long” or do you have a “winter time”? What time(s) of day do you go outside? Do you wear sunscreen? Humans cannot get enough Vitamin D from any type of food. Answering those questions first will help.

    Answered by  IAW on

  • Debs33
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     Debs33 on

    Hi thanks for responding :). Latitude ! I’m in Melbourne Australia so i think that’s like 37 degrees sth latitude. We do have a mild winter. I do get out in the sun most days most of the year as i have animals i tend to. Time of day out side is around 10am, then 3pm and 8pm ( i know the 8pm is too late/ and hottest time of our day is around 4pm ), 20 minutes approx sometimes more if cleaning out cages and coops. No sunscreen unless I’m going on a long hike or to the beach where ill be in the sun for hours. I did just read that high cortisol levels can affect vitamin D levels. My cortisol levels are around 900 to 1200 ( normal range is 119-618 ). I am wondering if this is true and related. I was diagnosed with cushing’s Disease in February this year and had 95% of my pituitary gland removed, yet my cortisol levels have remained high.

    Answered by  Debs33 on

  • Debs33
    Participant
     Debs33 on

    Hmm I’m still in the answers section…sorry about that

    Answered by  Debs33 on

  • IAW
    Participant
     IAW on

    Debs33
    I do not know why I did not think about this the other day. Start your post over. Make sure it goes in the blank box above the other questions that have already been asked. This is because no one else will really see this one and you may get even more information than from just me.
    What I would do is copy out your original question and also ADD/copy out the response to me about being ” Latitude ! I’m in Melbourne Australia……” adding that into one big question!
    Then we can go on from there!

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