12 responses to “7 Reasons You Need Vitamin D to Stay Healthy in Winter”

  1. Alexandra F

    And another reason to make sure your vitamin D levels are sufficient is that it works together with your thyroid! I found out that a cause of foot and leg cramps can be low Vit D levels and/or low thyroid levels.

  2. Jennifer Margulis

    This is so interesting. I just met a journalist who interviewed someone about Vitamin D and now takes a supplement every day. He hasn't been sick in a year and a half! He attributes it to the Vitamin D and the fact that he also exercises regularly.

  3. marthaandme

    Many Drs are unaware of the problem with the guidelines. My husband was taking 2000 mg and his Dr told him it was too much. My gynecologist says to take 4000 mg – but I've read that high doses can cause/contribute to kidney stones, so I am cautious.

  4. Alexandra Grabbe

    I have been taking 2000 mg/day for three years, ever since I had Lyme Disease, at the request of my alternative medicine doctor. Haven't been sick once, except for a stomach bug. Your post made me decide my seventy-one year old husband should be taking Vitamin D, too. Thanks for this information!

  5. Alisa Bowman

    This is the one supp I take religiously, ever since I wrote a story about it.

  6. ReadyMom

    Vitamin D supplements, huh? I try to enough sun each day, but I can see that maybe I'm missing out on a big health boost. I'm also wondering as Marthaandme about whether there's any connection to kidney stones. I noticed on my Tums bottle the other day that the calcium supplement variety warns about a kidney stone connection.

  7. Sheryl Kraft

    This is great information. I happen to know about Vit.D, since I write about health, but it's amazing how many people (and their doctors) don't. When my doctor tested me for it, my levels were low, so I'm now taking 3,000 mg. a day and will have my levels re-checked in about a month.

  8. Meredith Resnick - The Writer's [Inner] Journey

    I just began taking more of this and feel so good about it. This article confirms the need.

  9. Susan Johnston

    I take a Vitamin D supplement but I also try to spend some time outside each day. Living in New England, though, sometimes in the winter, time outside is simply about getting from point A to point B, not soaking up rays of sunshine!

  10. Vera Marie

    Come on to Arizona–we should be advertising it as the Vitamin D capitol. Of course, then we'll have to tell you to cover up so you won't get skin cancer–always two sides!

  11. Lots in Samara Costa Rica

    The reasons are very important, we have to take care our health.

  12. Greg

    I’d like to suggest a couple articles on Vitamin D by Chris Masterjohn that might add to the discussion of vitamin D.

    In this article he makes a pretty convincing argument that the fat-soluble vitamins work together and not as antagonists. There’s some good evidence that the calcification that’s considered a toxic effect of too much vitamin D, is actually a relative deficiency of vitamin A and vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 activates a protein that removes calcium from soft tissues and also a protein that helps deposit calcium in bones. http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/173-seafood-to-sunshine

    In this more recent article he argues that past assumptions about latitude and vitamin D might not be entirely accurate: http://www.westonaprice.org/blogs/cmasterjohn/2010/12/24/vitamin-d-problems-with-the-latitude-hypothesis/

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