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How to Raise Low Vitamin D Levels Naturally

Updated on February 25, 2016
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As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.

The sun is the best way to raise vitamin D levels.
The sun is the best way to raise vitamin D levels.

You Could Be Lacking in Vitamin D And Not Even Know It

Many people -- estimates put the figure at between 45% to 75% -- suffer from a lack of vitamin D, the vast majority without even realizing it. Which is a shame, since the importance of having optimum vitamin D levels is increasingly being recognised by health professionals.

Vitamin D is vital for health and, indeed, life. It's a key component of the body's calcium metabolism and bone development, as well as playing a significant role in things such as, regulating immune function, reducing inflammation, and the prevention of malignant cell growth.

Furthermore, vitamin D deficiency is known to increase the risk of rickets, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, diabetes and even some cancers such as breast and colon cancers.

The vast majority of people in the northern hemisphere are deficient in vitamin D because its major source is UV radiation from the sun. So that, for 4 to 6 months of the year, most folks there are living in a vitamin D winter, so to speak.

During this 'winter' other sources must be found to provide us with the necessary vitamin D that we need.

In this article you are going to discover 3 simple tips on how to raise low vitamin D levels to improve overall health and lower the risk of serious health issues.

First, though, please take a moment to listen to Dr. Oz on the importance of vitamin D and how it can save your life...

The Importance of Vitamin D

How to Raise Low Vitamin D Levels

If you lack vitamin D, it's important to get your doctor to measure your vitamin D levels. Then they can tell you how much additional vitamin D you need, and how to achieve this, depending on how much you are deficient, the time of year, and your lifestyle, etc.

Here are the ways to raise your low vitamin D levels and you'll probably find that you'll need to incorporate all three:-

1. Sunlight

The main source of vitamin D is UV radiation from the sun. Approximately 90% of the human body's vitamin D comes from UV radiation on the skin.

When UV radiation hits the skin, it converts 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin to previtamin D3, which is then converted into Vitamin D3.

To get the most benefit from sunlight, most experts suggest 15 to 20 minutes exposure to direct sunlight at least 3 times per week. Some even suggest everyday. And it's most effective when as much of the body as possible is exposed.

But the actual exposure time will vary with age, skin type, ethnicity, season, time of day, and so on. So some experts suggest that you should remain in the sun until your skin just starts to turn slightly pink.

Another suggestion is to expose yourself to the sun's rays for a time equivalent to a 1/4 of the time that it would normally take you to develop mild sunburn. Of course, as you get a deeper tan, this time will extend slightly.

Some also suggest the use of safe -- stress on 'safe' -- tanning beds where there is insufficient natural sunlight (as in winter) or sunbathing regularly just isn't practical. The problem is that these aren't regulated, so that you must always use these with extreme caution. Talk to your doctor / physician before attempting this option.

2. Vitamin D3 Supplements

Supplements are our next best source since they are so readily available. But, because vitamin D is fat soluble, the best supplements are encapsulated in an oil base, allowing for better absorption in the body.

You can buy these from pharmacies, health food shops or, as folks are increasingly doing, online - see below.

3. Diet

Diet is listed third since there isn't an abundance of vitamin D in our foods. So only those foods with the very highest levels of vitamin D are of any real use.

According to the Healthaliciousness website, the top 10 foods with the highest vitamin D are:-

  • cod liver oil
  • fatty oily fish
  • fortified cereals
  • oysters
  • caviar
  • fortified soy produce
  • salami, ham
  • fortified dairy products
  • eggs
  • mushrooms

So there you have it, 3 simple ways to raise low vitamin D levels naturally.

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References

  • http://www.naturalnews.com/030500_vitamin_D_absorption.html
  • http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
  • http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
  • http://www.webmd.com/diet/vitamin-d-deficiency
  • http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-D.aspx
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D

Disclaimer

The content of this Hub is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

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    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I try to get as much sunshine in the winter it is not possible, your ideas of the supplements sounds a wonderful treat.

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR

      JCielo 

      5 years ago from England

      Rajan, thanks for your kind comments. You are right, most folks don't understand just how vital it is to have the correct levels of vitamin D.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      John, this is an awesome hub. You've outlined simple ways to boost uo vitamin D levels. Most people do not realize how important this vitamin is for other things apart from playing a role in preventing rickets.

      Voted up and awesome.

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR

      JCielo 

      5 years ago from England

      Angela, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm originally from the NE of Scotland where, if the sun shines, you diary it!

    • Angela Blair profile image

      Angela Blair 

      5 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub with super information. Here in Texas, if one even sticks their head out the door, sunlight is inevitable -- and in the summer nearly unbearable -- and in Texas summer lasts a long, long, time. Good info and thanks for sharing. Best/Sis

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