Many people in gray, rainy Portland know that Vitamin D is important for mood support during the gray season. But vitamin D is essential for people all over the United States, and for So.Many.Reasons!
Take a look at the map below. If you live in any of the gray areas, that means that you live at a latitude that does not get enough sun exposure to make sufficient vitamin D.
Even if you were naked all summer, the gray areas simply do not get enough sunlight. Our bodies make vitamin D by having unbarriered skin exposed to sunlight.
Vitamin D is vitally important to our whole body health. The most well-known piece is that vitamin D is important for bone health. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which means stronger, healthier bones and less risk for osteoporosis & fractures.
But get this...
Having enough vitamin D means preventing cancer and autoimmune conditions. Research also shows that people who have cancer have a better outcomes when their vitamin D levels are healthy.
What is a healthy vitamin D level?
Many sources will say anything over 20-25 ng/mL, but in my practice, I recommend quite a bit higher to get all the maximum benefits.
Vitamin D levels of 50-100 ng/mL are considered robust enough to support bones, mood, prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune conditions. Now that's what I call a bargain!
To know your vitamin D levels, you need a prescription from your doctor to get your blood drawn. Most insurances cover it, and it's incredibly important for your health. If you're in Oregon, give me a shout if you'd like your vitamin D tested, and we can set up an appointment!