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It’s natural to want to spend some time outside when it’s sunny. In fact, sunlight is the body’s primary way of making vitamin D, an essential nutrient to the health of men and women, young and old alike. When there are chronically low levels of vitamin D in the body, all sorts of problems can occur. We’ve known how important vitamin D is for a long time; it’s why spoonfuls of cod liver oil were forced on children. However, modern science has been shedding light on numerous other ways that low vitamin D can have severe effects, making getting enough vitamin D that much more required for good health.

What vitamin D does for you

Vitamin D helps keep levels of calcium and phosphorous regulated in our blood. This in turn leads to stronger bones.

For kids, vitamin D has long been known to prevent rickets and other bone problems, hence the common use of cod liver oil for most older generations. (Modern science has thankfully made this into more palatable pill form while children more often get chewable multivitamins.)

In adults, vitamin D keeps bones strong, making them less prone to fracture, and helps prevent osteoporosis. The becomes especially true as we grow older.

Many new studies have shown just how much more vitamin D does for us than just bone health, though. Vitamin D improves Insulin Efficiency and helps prevent a litany of serious ailments, like

Are you low on vitamin D?

If your bones feel sore, if you have low Insulin Efficiency, are overweight or obese, are over the age of 50, don’t get much sunshine or always use sunscreen, you may be at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Finding out for sure is simple: Your doctor can perform a quick blood test.

What you can do about it

You don’t need to become a regular sunbather, but you should try to get exposure to direct sunlight for about 10 to 15 minutes at least 2 or 3 times every week. This can mean a 10-minute walk outside with short sleeves on.

Your skin produces vitamin D naturally when stimulated by sunlight, so the more skin the sunlight can reach the more vitamin D you create.

Also, just like we used to take cod liver oil, Dr. Steve recommends the more convenient pill vitamin D supplements available today.

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