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How Much Vitamin D Should I Be Getting?

Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 04:43 PM

We absorb vitamin D through exposure to sunlight (UVB rays) and eating certain foods. Unfortunately, not all of us get enough vitamin D from food.

Exposing your skin to sunlight for five to 30 minutes every couple of days is crucial in order to provide you with sufficient vitamin D. If your skin is dark, however, you may need more sun exposure than others.

Vitamin D deficiency has severe health consequences such as rickets and osteomalacia. If you’re younger than 60, getting 800 IUs of vitamin D is compulsory for a deficiency-free life. And if you’re above 60, the intake should be around 1000 IUs. Note that vitamin D can be harmful if consumed in large doses starting at 2,000 IU a day or higher; this can lead to kidney stones, kidney failure, and deterioration of muscles and bones.

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