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Vitamin D Linked to Diabetes, Cancer, Depression, and More

So, if you scrub your skin with soap in the shower, your body will not convert most of your skin’s sun exposure to vitamin D. I’m not suggesting that you avoid showering after sun exposure rather that you primarily soap the areas that don’t usually see the light of day and wash the newly tanned ones exclusively with water. Avoid excessive sun exposure since there are no health benefits of sunburn.

Some vitamin D deficiency symptoms include: bow legs or “knock knees,” burning in mouth or throat, constipation, dental cavities or cracked teeth, insomnia, joint pains or bone pains, muscle cramps, nearsightedness (myopia-can’t see distances), nervousness, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, frequent colds or flu, and poor bone development.

Vitamin D is also found in fish and fish oils, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, and many types of sprouts. People with low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) tend to have difficulty with vitamin D absorption and as a result, may have higher needs for this nutrient.

Most nutrition experts agree that the current RDA of 200 IU is insufficient and that the minimum needs to be raised to 1000 IU, while many health experts recommend supplementation of 2000 to 4000 IU daily. However, you should always consult a qualified health professional before supplementing with vitamin D since excessive amounts can build up in the body creating a potential risk for toxicity and is contraindicated for some health conditions.

Adapted with permission of the author from the upcoming book, The Phytozyme Cure (Wiley, December 2010) by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. A complete list of references is published in The Phytozyme Cure.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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4:45PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013


1:40PM PDT on May 2, 2013

The title is highly misleading, and makes vitamin D sound like a bad thing. Please don't be so careless in the future.

11:27PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Yes, this is great

11:17PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

good to know!

5:17PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

So very informative! Thanks for sharing.

4:44PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

thanks, informative.

1:13PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

The problem with supplements is that they are not regulated, and a recent test/study found that many do not live up to delivering the dosage they promise.

10:24AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

I've been hearing a lot about the benefits of Vitamin D lately. I have included it in my vitamin regimen.

7:39PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Very interesting thanks!

5:34PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013


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