Rancho Family Medical Group

Summer 2019

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Living in California, we typically are blessed with a lot of sunshine. Although more sunshine may seem like more vitamin D, that is not necessarily true. It's easy for us Californians to take for granted the bene- fits of vitamin D, because we have so much access to it. Unfortunately, just because it's readily available, doesn't mean we are getting enough. The National Institutes of Health states, for those between the ages of 14 to 70, the recommended daily value of vitamin D is 600 International Units (IU) or 15 Micrograms (mcg). 1 To obtain this (according to the National Institutes of Health) approximately 5 – 30 minutes of direct sun exposer is required, at least twice a week. twice a week. Additionally, the optimal time for vita- min D absorption is the height of the day— between the hours of 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. 8 As California's, we know how vital it is to wear sun- screen to prevent skin cancer; however, sunscreen blocks the UV rays that produce vitamin D. Conse- quently, it is strongly suggested to meet your daily re- quirements of vitamin D through food or supple- ments. Some foods that are high in vitamin D are Cod Liver oil, Swordfish, or Salmon. Some less abundant foods are eggs, yogurt, cheese, or beef. If you still aren't producing enough vitamin D after trying these foods, it might be time to discuss supplements with your physician. Why is it important to be getting enough vitamin D? It helps promote bone health, supports your immune system, helps to regulate insulin levels and much more. If you are concerned about your vitamin D levels, speak with your physician about getting them checked. If you want to prevent a deficiency, start taking account of your daily vitamin D intake, whether th at means you eat more fish or take a doctor approved supplement. View Dr. Im's profile online HERE TAE IM, MD VITAMIN D

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