Get D- Get Outside !

The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health ProblemThe Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem by Michael F. Holick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another good reason to get outside is to increase your vitamin D level. The exhaustive data in this book led me to be taking 2,000 IU of D daily, after a blood test one month ago resulted in my doctor diagnosing me with a deficiency. This topic is big in the medical and health field right now. Holick is the lead proponent of the need for supplementation for those of us living in the northern hemisphere. He also has some very interesting takes on the current “demonization” of exposing one’s skin to sunlight, which he claims is one factor in the rising rates of inadequate or deficient levels of vitamin D. It is also enlightening to see how difficult it really is to raise one’s vitamin D level through diet alone, although it can be done by eating wild ( not farm-raised) salmon, and drinking multiple glasses of fortified mild or eating more than a quart of yogurt a day.I also learned that while it is really bad to get sunburn, it is really useful to be out in the sun enough to develop a tan, although certain skin types have to be careful in how they build up to tanned skin.

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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