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Why do I Need Vitamin D?

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.

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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!

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