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What is your vitamin D strategy?

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Created August 02, 2011 at 6:59 AM

What is your vitamin D strategy? I live in Seattle and so sunshine is not on the menu most of the year...

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 02, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Okinawa :] Seems to be completely different from the mainland hehe.

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on August 02, 2011
at 11:12 PM

dosage or brand? it will take a little experimenting to decide which I suspect. I take min. 5000 per day, and about half the time I take a second = 10,000, especially in the winter.

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:04 PM

hey I lived in Japan for five years. Great time. I was in Yokohama for two and then Fukui for three. Where are you?

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on August 02, 2011
at 08:27 AM

I am interested in the results of this post, being that I am in Scandinavia we too have a sunshine problem.

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on August 02, 2011
at 08:29 AM

I live in Eastern WA now but grew up on the coast, toughen up and get your D the old-fashioned way; cold, wet, or whatever. While your at it you'll probably increase your BAT (brown adipose tissue) which Tim Ferris believes will amp up fat burning. I used to live in a place in the north-western most part of the state where there was a band of indigenous people who supposedly used to wear no clothing whatsoever (Wa'atch I believe). When I lived there we all went to the beach and swam in the ocean when the temperature hit 70 degrees and the sky was clear during the midday. But seriously I take a "D" supplement and enjoy the weekends with as much exposure as my schedule will allow, even in sunny eastern WA now. My father retired this year as the local health clinic's lead lab tech and he rarely if ever saw vitamin "D" tests result in satisfactory levels, supplement, supplement, supplement unless your job allows for a larger than normal amount of sun exposure. I work in natural resources and spend most days in the field, shirtless when possible (probably 3 days a week?) and still supplement personally.

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:42 PM

I live in the Washington DC area, where the winters are cold and dark. Each passing year, I get more and more what I think are vitamin D deficiency symptoms... poor mood and sleep, joint and muscle pain, etc. So I have started to take vitamin D supplements in the fall and winter. 600IU per day seems to make a big difference.

I tried taking 5000IU supplements, but had what I think was a bad reaction. I might try these again in the depths of winter, but the dosage might be too high for me.

I tend to get outside almost every day in the summer, so I make a point of getting some sun exposure (wear shorts and a tank top, stay out for 20-30 minutes, no sunscreen), so I am not worrying about supplements in the summer. So far this is working and I feel great.

I think when the days start to get shorter and colder, I'll start supplementing again. In short, I plan on supplementing about 6 months out of the year.

Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

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on August 02, 2011
at 11:12 PM

dosage or brand? it will take a little experimenting to decide which I suspect. I take min. 5000 per day, and about half the time I take a second = 10,000, especially in the winter.

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D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 02, 2011
at 10:30 AM

Ah all my fellow wash-i-tonians [sp?] UNITE! I used to live in Everett, so I used to also take a vitamin D supplement during the "no sun times".

Now I live in japan though! So I don't really have that problem, except I still take the D supplement out of habit. It's a no name brand, I believe the store brand, so that could maybe make it not as great? I have no idea. Not really a vitamin connoisseur.

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:04 PM

hey I lived in Japan for five years. Great time. I was in Yokohama for two and then Fukui for three. Where are you?

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 02, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Okinawa :] Seems to be completely different from the mainland hehe.

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41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 02, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Wow, lot of us Washington people on here. Howdy neighbors! :)

I've been taking advantage of some of the sun we've been getting over the past week or so and hanging out on my porch trying to soak in as much as I can without burning (I'm so pale, I'm see-through). But other than that, I supplement. But we are also known for our salmon and other local fisheries. Part of me wonders if there isn't a reason for that... sort of mother nature is no fool, knows there is no sun here and put tons of vitamin d right outside our door.

Of course, mother nature didn't prepare for mercury contamination or the fact that the smell of cooking salmon makes me nauseous, so I supplement.

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on August 02, 2011
at 04:18 PM

Here in Philadelphia I'm well above the 37th parallel, but back when I wore sunscreen religiously, tried not to tan at all, and didn't supplement, I tested in the 40s during autumn, which is pretty good. Maybe it was all the oily fish I ate, or the fact that I always spend a lot of time outdoors and I have very light skin. I haven't had a test in a while but I'm pretty sure it will be well within ideal ranges with my new awareness and routine:

During warmer months I get my sun (preferably) 11am-3pm. It would be nice to get full-body sun more often but as a young, attractive woman I'm not keen to show large amounts of skin in public, and I don't have a yard. So it's just what's exposed in a tank top and bermudas. I don't wear sunscreen unless it's necessary to prevent a burn, and I supplement during winter and any other time I am not getting a few hours per week of strong sun on a good amount of skin (2,000 IU in drops, usually).

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on August 02, 2011
at 02:32 PM

I too live in Seattle, and while I dont think I have a "strategy" I listen to my mood and my body to show me the way. As youve noticed, this week is supposed to be awesome so I eat at my desk working and then spend my luch hour going for a walk to maximize mid day sunshine. Then I make surethat as soon as I get home, I get out of the house again asap. Even when its like this I take a couple of D caps just to be sure.

Even when its crappy out though, its important to get outside. The thing to remember is that you dont necessarily need direct sunlight. If its light out (as in not night) then there is light for you to absorb. Of course, in the winter when its dark on the way to work and the way home, your mid-day break is even more important. This is when I ramp the vit D up considerably, and take it both in the morning and at night to make sure my levels stay, well, level.

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on May 11, 2013
at 03:02 AM

This is an interesting read:

An alternative to vitamin D supplements?

http://gettingstronger.org/2013/02/an-alternative-to-vitamin-d-supplements/

Hat tip to the one and only Meredith for the link.

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