Why Diet Fails Us With Vitamin D Intake + How A Supplement Can Help
At mindbodygreen, we believe a balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. And while we can get many of the essential vitamins and minerals we need on a daily basis from our diet, most of us don't, hence the widespread nutrient gaps in our nation. There's one area where the "food-first" mentality tends to fail us: vitamin D.
The problem with relying on diet alone
And if you're wondering if you can simply get enough of the "sunshine vitamin" by spending time outside on a sunny summer day, think again: "Sunshine, unfortunately, is equally variable," Ferira says. "And also risky."
How vitamin D supplements can help
The most effective way to ensure you're getting the vitamin D your body needs on a daily basis is by taking a high-quality, effective vitamin D3 supplement.
Here's what you should look for when choosing a vitamin D supplement:
- D3 (instead of D2, which has inferior bioavailability)
- Built-in fat for optimal absorption (or, you can take your vitamin D with a meal to ensure the fat-soluble vitamin can be properly absorbed)
- 5,000 IU per daily serving (and possibly more, if you're insufficient or deficient in vitamin D or have specific body composition considerations)
"Pharmacokinetic research demonstrates that 5,000 IU of D3 daily will help you get to 50 ng/ml (i.e., the truly optimal vitamin D status)," Ferira shares. "Is your supplement 1,000 IU or 2,000 IU of vitamin D? Unfortunately, that's not going to cut it."
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So, what's it gonna be—a quality daily supplement or 50 glasses of milk? The choice is yours!
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.