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Vitamin D: How Much Do You Really Need?


As the summer sun beats down, many of us are eager to soak up those warm rays. But how much vitamin D are we actually getting
from sun exposure, and do we need to supplement?

According to experts, the answer isn’t always straightforward. The importance of vitamin D came to light centuries ago, when lack of sun exposure led to widespread cases of rickets, a bone-softening disease, in children living in dark, polluted cities. We now know that UV light from the sun kickstarts the body’s production of vitamin D.

Most people should be able to get enough vitamin D through brief sun exposure – around 5-10 minutes per day of just the face, neck, hands and arms can do the trick, even in temperate climates. And for those who get regular sun exposure during the summer months, additional supplements may not be necessary.

However, certain groups are still at risk of vitamin D deficiency, even in the sunny summer. These include breastfed infants, the elderly, and those with darker skin tones, as the melanin in their skin blocks more of the UV light. Experts recommend these populations consider a vitamin D supplement, ideally in the D3 form which is more effective at raising blood levels.

The tricky part is determining the optimal dose. While severe deficiency can lead to bone disorders, more is not always better
when it comes to vitamin D. High doses, even taken occasionally, can cause calcium buildup and kidney problems. The recommended daily intake is 600-800 IU for most adults, with some experts suggesting up to 1,000 IU may be appropriate for those at higher risk of deficiency.

So this summer, enjoy the sunshine, but be mindful of your individual needs when it comes to vitamin D.

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Cheikh Toure
Cheikh Toure, Staff Writer
Hi my name is Cheikh Toure. I'm currently, in my 3rd year at Page High School. I am from the country of Togo, where French is our official language. Throughout my time at Page High School soccer has played a role in shaping my journey. Being part of the school's soccer team has taught me lessons in discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. Moreover, beyond the field, I've discovered a passion for writing. Fiction is particularly intriguing to me as it allows me to unleash my imagination. Whether it's embarking on thrilling adventures or exploring the depth of emotions writing has become an outlet for me to express my creativity. In addition to my love for storytelling and creativity through writing, I've developed an interest in technology and engineering. Exploring computer coding and learning about its intricacies interests me. Once I graduate from school my aspiration is to pursue a career as a software engineer. Apart from fiction and technology pursuits staying informed about world news has also become an aspect of my life. Keeping up with world news broadens my perspectives. Enhances my understanding of our evolving world. As I continue on this journey at Page High School I am grateful for the experiences that have shaped me into the person I am today. My background dedication to sportsmanship and thirst for knowledge all contribute to shaping who I am becoming. I am excited to welcome the opportunities that the future holds for me.

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