Vitamin D. What is your level?

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During the summer months many of us do not think about our Vitamin D levels. After all, the best source of this essential vitamin comes from spending time in the sun. But in reality most of us are spending the majority of our time inside, under artificial light. 

Optimal Vitamin D is essential to maintain good health. This vitamin regulates our hormones, skeletal system, digestive tract, nervous system and immunity. Therefore, it is important to have your Vitamin D level checked to see if you are in the optimal range of 60-90 ng/ml. 

Increase your Vitamin D level naturally by spending 15-20 minutes outdoors in the sun a few days a week during the summer months.

If you find that you are Vitamin D deficient, you can quickly increase your Vitamin D level by taking 5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. Be sure to follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations and have your Vitamin D level rechecked as instructed when taking more than 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3. You can also increase your Vitamin D level naturally by spending 15-20 minutes outdoors in the sun a few days a week during the summer months. In this case, less is more when it comes to clothing. If you are covered in a long sleeve shirt and pants, your skin will create less Vitamin D. 

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About the author

Annamarie Salyer

Annamarie Salyer FNP-C is the co-founder of Bion Healthcare, a Functional Medicine practitioner, and author of the Bion Healthcare Blog. Mrs. Salyer, her husband, and their two daughters call the Indianapolis area home.

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