There’s nothing like a warm, sunny day after a long Canadian winter.
What you may not know is that Vitamin D, a.k.a the sun vitamin, is naturally produced by our bodies when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. Vitamin D is also available as a tiny little pill, and a lot of Canadians are taking it in varying dosages. But how much is too much Vitamin D?
First, let’s break down why we need Vitamin D. This essential vitamin helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorus from the foods we eat, which leads to normal growth and development of bones and teeth. It may even help us develop better resistance to diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis!
The debate about how much to take has raged for years, but doctors recommend that all Canadians, no matter where we live in this great country, should be getting Vitamin D from fortified drinks or supplements.
Health Canada says 27-80% of adult men don’t get enough Vitamin D naturally from the foods they eat. For guys over 50, taking at least 400 IU of Vitamin D every day is awesome. Right now, Health Canada is reviewing the guidelines for all Canadians, so stay tuned. In the meantime, talk to your pharmacist or doctor about taking a supplement and feel free to drink fortified drinks with Vitamin D!
Daniel Palmer is a communications professional and former journalist. Nature and vegan cuisine are usually the cure for what ails him. A native Newfoundlander, Daniel was raised in British Columbia and currently resides in Ottawa.