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I have a vitamin d deficiency. What are some natural sources i can get this from instead of taking supplements?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: From sun or supps

It's almost impossible to get enough vit d from food sources- most adults need 5000 iu/day for optimal levels.
2 oz. Of cod liver oil provides this if you find one that doesn't have d removed.The next best source is salmon but you'd need 2 pounds a day! fortunately you can get it from sun exposure-in most of the us you can't now but in apopka currently you can get it between 11:20-2pm.See comment:.

In brief: From sun or supps

It's almost impossible to get enough vit d from food sources- most adults need 5000 iu/day for optimal levels.
2 oz. Of cod liver oil provides this if you find one that doesn't have d removed.The next best source is salmon but you'd need 2 pounds a day! fortunately you can get it from sun exposure-in most of the us you can't now but in apopka currently you can get it between 11:20-2pm.See comment:.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
In most of the US it is impossible to get adequate D from the sun in fall and winter. Even in Apopka the sun won't provide D between early Nov. to mid-Feb, during which time you should take supplements as food sources are impractical. This is CRUCIAL for good health. See http://bit.ly/1cxZalv & http://bit.ly/1dC7vnA & http://bit.ly/166DLiq & http://bit.ly/1eKkVkv
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Few food sources

Comes from exposure to sunlight.
Salmon, mackerel and mushrooms are good sources from food.

In brief: Few food sources

Comes from exposure to sunlight.
Salmon, mackerel and mushrooms are good sources from food.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Good advice. I didn't know that about mushrooms.
Dr. Randy Baker
Even in Apopka FL it's impossible to get any D from sun from early Nov. to mid-Feb. In most of the US it is impossible to get D form sun all fall and winter. Many experts advise 5-8000 iu/day for optimal levels.One would have to eat 2 pounds of salmon a day to get 5000 iu.Mushrooms can have surprisingly high levels if exposed gills-up to mid-summer sun,but not winter sun. See http://bit.ly/1cxZalv
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: Wait a minute

Please forgive my frankness.
You're young and idealistic. You can get enough vitamin d just from enjoying the sun -- it says you're from florida. Just a little exposure is plenty. Vitamin d is absent from most foods and evidently you haven't been taking advantage of the ones that are fortified. Truth is, you have a duty to give your body enough of what it needs; if that's a supplement, so be it.

In brief: Wait a minute

Please forgive my frankness.
You're young and idealistic. You can get enough vitamin d just from enjoying the sun -- it says you're from florida. Just a little exposure is plenty. Vitamin d is absent from most foods and evidently you haven't been taking advantage of the ones that are fortified. Truth is, you have a duty to give your body enough of what it needs; if that's a supplement, so be it.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Randy Baker
I agree that sun exposure is the optimal source, but even in Apopka Florida it is impossible to get ANY Vitamin D from the sun from early Nov. to mid-Feb., almost a third of the year (the sun needs to be 50 degrees above the horizon for UV-B rays to reach us). Thus, you need supplements in mid-winter even in Florida unless you take 2 ounces of Cod Liver Oil a day (though much of it has D removed).
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