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how much vitamin d should I be taking?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 09, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I take a daily vitamin that clams to have 400 IU of vitamin d which is the "recommended" daily allowance. However I have a question about taking more. I know sunlight is the best way for us paleo to get our vitamin D. However I live in a place where from about the end of April till the middle of September you have to be nuts to spend any time in the sun(sorry it is just way too hot). So now that I am going to be avoiding the big ball of fire in the sky for a while, should I take more vitamin D than in my multivitamin?

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:24 AM

Go team! (team Combined Fat Soluble Vitamins, that is)

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at 01:18 AM

http://reboundertrampolines.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/trampolines.jpg

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Good point about things moving indoors. When I was a kid, trampolines used to be outdoors. If they ever move indoors, I'm going to be sooooooo pissed.

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Yes, it could be too much or too little. Get tested. You wouldn't start chemotherapy without a diagnosis of cancer, would you?

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at 05:25 PM

You have to test in order to know how much to take - and then you have to test some again to see what effect it had on you. There is no way anyone can tell you, without labs, how much you should or shouldn't take.

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:22 PM

"I'm afraid of the light, Mommy. I'm afraid of the light." "Stay away from the light. The light is dangerous. Don't go near it. Don't even look at the light." - Name that movie

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on April 10, 2012
at 10:13 AM

I follow mostly Peat dietary recommendations which helped my skin a lot, but I noticed a fairly sudden further improvement about a week after upping my D3 dosage from 3000 IU/day to 10,000 IU/day. I live in Vancouver, BC so I haven't been getting a lot of sun over the winter so it leads me to think that perhaps the additional D3 is allowing me to better utilize the higher Vit A intake from the Peat stuff, thus better skin.

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on April 10, 2012
at 08:26 AM

Same for me. Vitamin D3 helps a lot.

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:23 AM

really? I see zero difference from D3 but get supersoft skin from sugar, oysters and liver...

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on April 10, 2012
at 04:57 AM

It could be a lot if you're in optimal range,50/70.If not it is recommended to optimize it with 5000 to 8000 a day

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on April 10, 2012
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Force yourself into the light!

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holy cow that is a lot!

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on April 10, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Fat soluble vitamins D along with A and K2 should be taken together. They work in synergy. K2 is gotten from natto (mk-7) or from grassfed dairy and free range egg yolks (mk-4). The yellower the fat the more K2 you are getting. Modern agriculture has pretty much moved indoors, so you are prolly not getting what you need. Furthermore, modern humans have pretty moved indoors too, so you are prolly not getting the D you need either. Also, if you are eating liver kudos to you, but modern tastes have pretty much taken this superfood from the menu.

Instead of focusing on D alone, consider reading this and supplementing your diet with an appropriate ratio of A/D/andK2. (Please note that K1 from plants is NOT the same as K2 and disregard anyone who tells you to eat your greens for k2. Let animals process your greens for you and they will make the GOLD = k2).

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:18 AM

http://reboundertrampolines.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/trampolines.jpg

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Good point about things moving indoors. When I was a kid, trampolines used to be outdoors. If they ever move indoors, I'm going to be sooooooo pissed.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:24 AM

Go team! (team Combined Fat Soluble Vitamins, that is)

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on April 10, 2012
at 12:05 AM

I suffer(ed) from acne for several years and wasn't strict about supplementing with D3 because I thought I got plenty of sunshine most days, living in LA. When I did take D3, it was maybe about 4000 IU/day. I recently upped it to 8800 IU/day and have the clearest and softest skin I have ever had in my life. The Quilt recommends 5000 IU/day for most people.

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on April 10, 2012
at 08:26 AM

Same for me. Vitamin D3 helps a lot.

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:23 AM

really? I see zero difference from D3 but get supersoft skin from sugar, oysters and liver...

9143379e9450c76e3246db057133833d

(273)

on April 10, 2012
at 10:13 AM

I follow mostly Peat dietary recommendations which helped my skin a lot, but I noticed a fairly sudden further improvement about a week after upping my D3 dosage from 3000 IU/day to 10,000 IU/day. I live in Vancouver, BC so I haven't been getting a lot of sun over the winter so it leads me to think that perhaps the additional D3 is allowing me to better utilize the higher Vit A intake from the Peat stuff, thus better skin.

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on April 09, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Best to get tested.

There's a link on the Vitamin D Council site for a home test kit for $70 (incl shipping.)

You want to aim for blood level of 50-60 ng/ml.

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on April 10, 2012
at 01:48 PM

I've been taking 10,000 iu daily and occasionally 20,000. I've noticed that even my eyesight is getting better. I no longer need my reading glasses! My daughter has noticed that her menstrual cramps are a lot less as well.

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on April 09, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Some say that we should take 1000 IU per 25 lbs of body weight. Dunno if that's generally accepted or not. I personally take 5000 IU daily, in the mornings.

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on April 09, 2012
at 11:18 PM

My wife and I take 5000iu's of quality D3 daily.

http://www.naturalnews.com/vitamin_d.html

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on April 10, 2012
at 04:57 AM

It could be a lot if you're in optimal range,50/70.If not it is recommended to optimize it with 5000 to 8000 a day

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

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on April 09, 2012
at 11:25 PM

holy cow that is a lot!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Yes, it could be too much or too little. Get tested. You wouldn't start chemotherapy without a diagnosis of cancer, would you?

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Even in hot weather you could gradually build up a tan.Start with 10 min a day and don't use soap to bathe afterwards,just water.Also taking coconut oil taken internally and asthaxantin help to avoid burning.

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on April 10, 2012
at 12:02 AM

I take 20,000 IU 3 times a week. a little less if the weather is sunny.

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