Vitamin D Deficiency?

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    Jan 12, 2008 12:32 PM GMT
    I saw a report on Fox news last week that said most of us are deficient in Vitamin D. I also put my daily diet into fitday.com and the reports say I never meet the RDA of vitamin D through the foods I eat. Yet I am stellar in all the other nutrients.

    Anybody have any more info on why Vitamin D is so important and what we can eat to get more of it? I already drink 2 glasses of milk a day and plenty of veggies. Where else to get it?
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    Jan 12, 2008 12:59 PM GMT
    vtorso saidI saw a report on Fox news last week that said most of us are deficient in Vitamin D. I also put my daily diet into fitday.com and the reports say I never meet the RDA of vitamin D through the foods I eat. Yet I am stellar in all the other nutrients.

    Anybody have any more info on why Vitamin D is so important and what we can eat to get more of it? I already drink 2 glasses of milk a day and plenty of veggies. Where else to get it?


    You can make your own Vit D by exposing your body to a few minutes of sunlight. However, people are now terrified of the sun, and they slather themselves with sunscreen, which blocks the UVB rays responsible for Vit D production.
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    Jan 12, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    We can get plenty of vit d from cod liver oil. Don't take to much as it is also very high in vit A. Cod liver oil comes plain or in a mulsified flovored form. It is great for skin, joints, and mucus membranes - like inside your gall bladder, mouth, etc.

    I take a teaspoon three times a week.

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    Jan 12, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    codliver oil also comes in a soft gel much like vitamin e if you want to get around the flavor
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    Jan 14, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys. Would loved to get out in the sun, but it's January on the East Coast and its dark when I leave for work and dark when it get home. You know how that is.

    So it looks like cod liver oil it is. Sheesh. Another supplement to throw down.
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    Jan 14, 2008 2:14 PM GMT
    15 minutes of sun light exposes you to sufficient levels of vitamin D. In the summer this is a piece of cake, but you can get it in the winter too, just be outside a little more. Many foods are fortified with vitamin D so I really wouldn't worry about it. You probably get more than your fill.
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    Jan 14, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    It's currently now recommended for people living in northern latitudes to take supplemental Vit. D in the winter months. You can also just go in to your doctor and have your Vit D level checked through a simple blood test.

    Otherwise definitely try to get out in the Sun (when it's there...) as much as possible during the winter, even if just for 10 minutes.
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    Feb 19, 2008 11:09 AM GMT
    Everybody,
    Since I asked the question, I thought I'd follow up with an article from the Harvard Public Health Review about vitamin D. Good info about supplements, but I'd still rather hit the beach:
    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/review/spring07/spr07vitaminD.html