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Thread: Vitamin D in Northwest via Sunlight. Annual schedule?

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    Vitamin D in Northwest via Sunlight. Annual schedule?

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    I know it's mostly in the summer, but what month or day does it make sense to try getting any D from the sun here in Washington?
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    I know it's mostly in the summer, but what month or day does it make sense to try getting any D from the sun here in Washington?
    Everyday. Even when its cloudy you are getting some sun. It might not be a lot but its always worth for a little bit. *dreams of having a sunroom*..
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    No, in the winter the sun does not get high enough for any UVB rays to penetrate the atmosphere. From what I've been told...
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    ALWAYS good to supplement IMO. It's just too difficult to get enough sun in most places these days unless you're running around in a loin cloth all day.
    There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society, where none intrudes,
    By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
    I love not man the less, but Nature more...
    ~Lord Byron

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    Been thinking about the Philips Light Therapy lamps I see at costco. Mark (sisson) doesn't seem to have made a blog post on this topic (unless someone else sees one). We in the NW are hardpressed to get enough sunlight to make our vitamin D and supplements don't do a great job.

    Anyone else on this thread tried or have an opinion?

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    Forget it. You need to supplement with 10,000 IU Vitamin D3 made with Olive oil, not soy oil. Get the 5,000 IU Capsules, and then get your blood tested after 3 months... $65 for at home test, and $50 at your nearest Lab Corp. Your optimum level is 70 to 100 ng/ml. Details below my sig line. Then adjust dosage as required.

    This is far too important to be playing games.
    DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS: (below 30 ng/ml on a Vitamin D 25 (OH) test

    •Rickets and osteomalacia and psoriasis
    •Hypocalcemia
    •Seizures, muscle tetanus and heart failure in the newly born
    •Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
    •Cancer of all types
    •Heart disease (the number killer of men and women)
    •High blood pressure development
    •Obesity from all causes
    •Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis
    •Mental illness of all types
    •Chronic pain centrally or peripherally mediated.
    •Muscular weakness
    •Radiation poisoning
    •Diabetes…..especially metabolic syndrome and T2D development
    •Multiple sclerosis and most autoimmune diseases
    Vitamin D optimization thoughts - Jack Kruse
    Epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency sweeping the world

    Grizz

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    good info above. I'm just starting to add Vitamin D to my primal plan.
    I did find a post by Mark
    Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Box Therapy | Mark's Daily Apple
    sorry I didn't search right before.

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    Agree with Grizz, though I don't think the vitamin D from Soy oil is that big of deal to take. I think I remember in a post mark saying the small amounts are negligible and not a big deal. Just get what you can IMO.
    There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society, where none intrudes,
    By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
    I love not man the less, but Nature more...
    ~Lord Byron

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