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How much sunshine?

Do you get enough sunshine? Especially now that the days are getting shorter?

Here’s a nifty map I came across that shows how much sun you need each day to keep your vitamin D at a healthy level. You may be surprised at how many rays you’ll need to catch – especially if, like me, you live South. So, get outta here and into that sun!

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About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

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  1. Reblogged this on lifes a little nutrition and commented:
    Great article on the Vitamin D expose you need from the sun in summer. Remember the Vitamin D from the sun is very different to synthetic Vitamin D you get in supplements (which can have very adverse effects) so the natural stuff from the sun is best!

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  2. tessafinneybrown

    Kathleen, what do you think are the optimal Vitamin D levels to aim for?

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  3. Hey, I think its a bit of a evidence free zone? Very high levels rarely cause any toxicity and very low levels are needed to alter calcium homeostasis and increase ALP and PTH. I always tell people similar – that is to aim around 100 but what is the evidence for this?
    What do you think in chronic renal failure. I always wonder if I should push the levels higher due to poor conversion or just give calcitriol instead. Any thoughts?

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    • Hey Stuart, yes indeed evidence is scanty and conflicting re: vitamin D. An interesting area! I know practitioners who push for > 120 in patients, with good results, but I’m happy with 100.
      I don’t have experience working with chronic renal failure so I don’t have a ready answer for vitamin D +/- calcitriol… will have to look into it. Do you push for higher vit D currently for hypothetical? You’ve got me thinking…

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