Mar 14, 2019 14:44:23

Vitamin D Deficiency

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I am trying to get better at intaking vitamin D because the winter weather just sucks and there is no sun.

The first thing I could do is take vitamin D pills but I am looking to see if I can find foods that I can incorporate in my diet. 

From WebMD:

Foods that provide vitamin D include:
  • Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
  • Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
  • Beef liver
  • Cheese
  • Egg yolks
To get vitamin D from food, fish is a good option. Three ounces of cooked salmon has more than 450 international units (IU).

From Healthline:

  • Salmon
  • Herring and Sardines
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Egg Yolks
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified Foods
I had no idea wild mushrooms contained vitamin D2. That's good to know because I do like mushrooms but I need to make sure I am buying the right ones. This is due to most mushrooms being grown inside. 


From now on I am going have Salmon at least once a week and head to the oyster bar more frequently. Basically, replace chicken with seafood items. At the end of the day, the sun is still the best source of Vitamin D and this is making me question if I should move out of Chicago to warmer weather year around. 

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    @itsabhinaya - Good call on paying attention to Vitamin D. I was told my Vit D levels were 4. Almost zero and that explained why I kept getting sick with the cold almost all year round. I started to read up on it and discovered how important it is. There is a debate about still calling it a vitamin cause it is as important as a hormone. It impacts your calcium uptake, your immunity, your allergy response and so many things that no one knows about. I even read somewhere that if a pregnant mother is deficient in Vit D, it could contribute to asthma in the child. Fascinating new findings on the relationship between Vit D and even cancer.

    It may warrant moving to a warmer place.

    Keni avatar Keni | Mar 14, 2019 09:58:27
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      @itsabhinaya @keni In my last lab work my Vitamin D was on the low side. When you low I think it's very tough to increase to a proper level through diet or sun exposure. This is my favorite Vitamin D supplement. https://www.bulletproof.com/products/vitamins-a-d-k-30-count It's pricey but I think it's a good product. I've been taking it for three months and about to have lab work done again to see my current level.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 14, 2019 07:37:14
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      @keni @brandonwilson It's so important! For couple years I had to take prescribed Vitamin D to get my levels up.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Mar 15, 2019 18:01:25
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      @keni @brandonwilson It's so important! For couple years I had to take prescribed Vitamin D to get my levels up.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Mar 15, 2019 18:01:37
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