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The Sunshine Vitamin

Nearly 40 percent in the U.S. are deficient in vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin" that protects your bones and long-term health by increasing your absorption of Calcium. But before you go popping bottles of supplements as daylight shortens, consider these facts:

1. Don't Diagnose Yourself. If you are not lacking in vitamin D, taking a supplement can lead to elevated stores of it, which could lead to Calcium in your blood or urine, and kidney stone. Have your blood tested first, and regularly, as levels vary throughout the year.

2. Know That Everybody is Different. Taking 1,000 to 2,000 IU daily should be enough to get you back to normal, but some peeps, those with darker skin, high body fat, or GI conditions, may need more (around 6,000 IU). You should have a conversation with your healthcare professionals about what is right for you.

3. Round-Up With The Right Food. For those who want a little boost but do not need a pill, eat more naturally D-rich sources, like canned tuna and shiitake mushrooms, or fortified products (yogurt, orange juice, milk). It is basically impossible to overdo vitamin D via diet.

(credit: Kendall Moseley, MD)

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