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How much Vitamin D should one person have?

Updated on May 9, 2017
A picture of me after being in the sun on Sunday.
A picture of me after being in the sun on Sunday.

How much Vitamin D should one person have?

Is Vitamin D limitless? There are many things that vitamin D can come in like capsules and the sun, but is it limitless? When you hear the words Vitamin D what comes to mind? Do you think of the capsules that you take as edible vitamins, or better yet why not go out into the sun? Since the Sun's rays give off vitamin D. So during the summer months, there is lots of vitamin D going around isn’t there? But how much should one person have? Sure there are the capsules that people can take, and most people do when it’s not sunny but when it is sunny do we think about how much sun we should have? We all know what happens when we get too much sun or limitless amounts of it, in my case, but I am pretty sure we don’t always think about how much sun is actually good for us. You can find vitamin D in a limitless number of things like eggs and fish, along with other foods so yes it is limitless you just need to know where to look.

I thought about this on the weekend when it was 104 degrees in Ontario, this is where my limitless amounts of sun come in. Most of you reading this are probably thinking and you were outside in that weather? Yes, I was outside in that weather and I loved it. I love the sun and heat, it was too hot at times, and I sweating profusely, but I didn’t care. I wanted to get color and that was what sitting outside in the sun did for me. Sure my clothes were sticking to me, because of how hot it was but if I get color out of the deal I don’t care. Although I do remember one day, that I got heat stroke, but that was years ago.

When you get heat stroke that is when you know that you have had too much vitamin D. I have had heat stroke once in my life and it was horrible. I had to drink Gatorade and couldn’t be outside without a hat and being under an umbrella so that I wouldn’t get sick again. It was a beautiful day too, and I couldn’t really enjoy it because I was sick. So be careful when getting your vitamin D, make sure you stay hydrated and wear the proper clothing. Which I am sure everyone knows the proper clothing to wear when it is hot outside not jeans or pants of any kind. Wear something cool, light colors, shorts, sandals, or a swim suit. Nothing dark because then you will attract the sun and nobody wants to be too hot.

With the heat, that we are finally getting now, it’s easy to get too hot, especially when it's 104 degrees, which is was on the weekend. It was gross, in the sense of the amount of sweat that was coming off of me, anyway. Although I do love the heat, and I had a blast, but when your clothes and hair are sticking to you it gets a little uncomfortable. Most people stay indoors on days like that, but if you have to go outside, how long do you stay outside? That is the question. If you want some vitamin D? Five minutes ten minutes, fifteen minutes, twenty minutes? What is it?


How to get vitamin D naturally
How to get vitamin D naturally

Well if you are an adult 2,000 units of vitamin D is necessary for you daily. According to web MD. For children, it depends on their age, 1000, to 15000 depending on age. According to web MD. If you are not out in the sun that is, if you are for long periods of time, then you are okay. Or at least that is what I understood from reading. If you don’t want to take vitamin D supplements and go outside in the sun, the amount of vitamin D you receive depends on how long you are outside, and again if you get sunstroke, you have had too much vitamin D. At least that is what I have read and understood from MD. Sites on the internet. Even when it is cloudy, you get sun burnt, so be careful if you are prone to sunburns wear sunscreen a hat and sunglasses. If you don’t want lines, on the corners of your eyes wear sunglasses in the sun it will protect your eyes.

So yes you can get too much vitamin D, what I understand about what the internet says is it is more so what you judge as being too much. There are times of day, in the summer where you can get more exposure, for example in between the hours of 12 pm and 3 pm the sun is at its highest, and it gives off a lot of UV rays at that point, more so then early in the morning and late in the evening so make sure you are protected in more in the hours of 12 and 3 if you are prone to sunburns. Not that you shouldn’t be protected all the time when you are in the sun, it’s just more detrimental at that time. Or if the UV index is really high then being outside in the sun or even clouds too long can give you a sunburn or sunstroke, so be careful. Indirectly it depends on the person’s skin tone, and if they are deficient in vitamin D that determines how much vitamin D one person should have. Over the weekend as I mentioned before it was really hot and I got a lot of colors but I didn’t burn, which I was surprised about. I loved it just the same though because I love the heat and with the sun comes to the heat, or at least that is what we associated the sun with, don’t we?

If you get limitless amounts of sun in the summer you are getting limitless amounts of vitamin D which are good for your system and it's better then taking the vitamins don't you think? Have you ever gotten limitless amounts of the sun?

How much vitamin D should we have?

How much vitamin D should we have?

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There is such a thing as too much Vitamin D

There is a proper dosage of vitamin D that a person should get when it comes to capsules but what about the sun? When the heat finally sets in for the summer how many people just want to soak it up? Since it isn't around for a long period of time just a few months. But since it isn't around for long is there a way to get too much vitamin D?

Yes there is, its called sun stroke or heat stroke one of the two. I have gotten heat stroke once in my life when I decided to stay outside for almost the entire day, because my dad was working nights and he was sleeping inside and I had a friend over so I decided instead of making noise inside we would spend time outside. It was fine until the next day when I went outside again for long periods of time and that is when the heat stroke hit. That is where there can be too much vitamin D so we need to be careful when we are out in the sun for long periods of time. Vitamin D can be limitless but still be careful so you don't get heat stroke like I did.

How much Vitamin D should one person have, and can people get to much? Let's Discuss

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      Louise Barraco 2 years ago from Ontario

      It's been really hot and humid here as well I can't be outside for too long

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      Paula 2 years ago

      It was so hot where I am lately, and for so long that I had Sun poisoning. My face swollen so much that my bf said I was looking like the characters from Avatar. Nasty.

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      Louise Barraco 2 years ago from Ontario

      I hadn't but I now realize that it is a vital part of vitamin D intake

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      Oscar Jones 2 years ago from Alabama

      Well, since I was a child, I was taught that Vitamin D is essential to heart health and to skin health and to dietary health. Calcium with D. controls certain nerve functions. strengthens our blood and especially certain types of blood need extra D. But also magnesium is important. what about Magnesium? have you considered it in this study?

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Interesting hub louise-barraco. Thanks for sharing.

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      Louise Barraco 2 years ago from Ontario

      I have had heat stroke and sun blisters at one point I am going to look into sun reversing cavities that's cool hopefully it is true.

      Thanks for the comment

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      I heard that vitamin D can reverse cavities, but I don't know how true that is. I've had heat stroke before, and it was terrible. I've also had sun poisoning.