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What can i do to get my vitamin d be up?

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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
D3: You want to buy vitamin D3 over the counter. 5000 IU daily is a good dose. Monitor serum levels 2 mths later and periodically thereafter. Aim for 25 OH vitamin level of 60. I like Healthy Origins brand.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Sunlight: sunlight on your skin helps increase your vitamin D2 level. In the body (Kidneys) D2 is converted to active vitamin D3. About 10-15 minutes of direct sunlight should do it. You can also take D3 supplements as 400 International units twice a day if you are unable to get sunlight.
Dr. Joseph Ortiz
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Naturally: 40 min weekly of direct sunshine to the face, upper extremities and lower extremities should be enough to give you the lowest amount of healthy, natural stimulation from uv light to produce vitamin d in your skin. If you live in an area of the world where there is lack of sunlight for more than 3-4 mos of the year, supplementing additional oral vitamin d may be necessary.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Healthy diet: The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin d are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some mushrooms provide vitamin d2 in variable amounts. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin d, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I get vitamin d other than from food?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Sun: The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin d are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some mushrooms provide vitamin d2 in variable amounts. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin d, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I get enough vitamin d?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Sun plus food: 15-30 minutes of sun exposure should suffice, but may not as you grow older. In which case, seaweed, kelp, salmon, almond milk, fortified foods can provide sufficient vitamin d. Ifyouareyounger than 70, it is recommended to get 600 iu and 0ver 70, to get 800. Supplements.
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How do you get vitamin d with sunscreen on?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Oral supplements: Grest question but oral supplementation with vitamin pills or supplemented food are one source but any sun exposure will provide a source of vitamin d even with sunscreen.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get a vitamin D deficiency?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Vitamin D: We get Vitamin D from the sun on our skin. Now we stay indoors and use sun block so it is not reason we are deficient. Take at least 1000 IU per day.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Could it be bad for you to get excess vitamin d?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes. : Extremely large doses (10, 000 iu/day and higher can causes kidney stones ( calcium oxalate), and high calcium levels which can be quite harmful.

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