Recent studies show people with low vitamin D levels have more severe cases of COVID 19. In fact, one hundred medical experts wrote an open letter to world governments asking for an increase in Vitamin D intake to 4000 IU per day.
Vitamin D is nicknamed the “sunshine vitamin”. However, Vitamin D absorption is not quite not so simple.
During the winter months (from November 18th – January 21st), the sun is too low on the horizon for UVB rays (which are needed to make vitamin D) to be absorbed. As we move towards the summer solstice and the days become longer, sun exposure and Vitamin D absorption can increase.
In winter, it’s important to supplement your Vitamin D. A simple blood test can help you find out your Vitamin D level. You can supplement Vitamin D by increasing the following foods:
- Egg yolks
- Many foods, such as orange juice, are fortified with vitamin D.
If you are not able to get enough Vitamin D through your diet, taking a vitamin D supplement is advised. As always, it’s important to buy quality supplements. We carry Rx Vitamins Vitamin D (suspended in olive oil) and Whole Scripts Vitamin D in our clinic. If you are interested in our high quality supplements, please let us know.
by Autumn Jensen