Where Can You Get Vitamin D?
Primarily, your skin makes vitamin D based on sun exposure. You can get it from dietary sources, too. Let’s begin with the dietary sources.
Vitamin D Food Sources
When it comes to dietary sources, there are only a few vitamin D food sources that you are going to find, which include:
The thing is, these are not particularly high amounts here. There simply isn’t enough to make a big enough difference to change your blood levels.
One vitamin D food source that does have higher amounts is cod liver oil. However, it also has a lot of vitamin A, and essential fats. However, it is not something I recommend.
Why is that? Basically, the concern is what we call hypervitaminosis A. This involves getting a toxic amount of vitamin A in your system.
While vitamins may be safer or safeish, they are not harmless.
I consider safety to be a huge priority in my approach, and that really comes down to the fact that there are no do-overs in life. We only get one shot, so we should approach what we do — and what we do to our bodies — with caution and with care.
While you may think you are trying to help your health, and doing all the right things and going above and beyond, you may be unintentionally doing irreparable damage to your system.
It is for that reason that I don’t recommend cod liver oil. The risk is too great when it comes to potentially shortening your lifespan, and I think that matters. It matters to be cautious.
Other Sources of Vitamin D
Beyond food, where else can we get vitamin D? The answer is likely illuminating the world around you right now (unless it’s nighttime). It’s vitamin D from sunlight!
The first thing we have to think about is: how much vitamin D from sunlight are you getting at this moment?
This is especially important to evaluate when we are under quarantine, or sheltering in place.
All of this will be influenced by:
- Where you live
- Your skin pigments
- Skin exposure
Let’s break each of these down to help you understand how much sun you’re getting (and what it all means)…