Dr. Kate Hunter is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practising in Toronto, who specializes in Auricular & Bioenergetic Medicine, which is a unique combination of Naturopathy, Medical Intuition and Acupuncture.
With Daylight Savings Time this past weekend, the days are shorter and darker - this is a great time of year to discuss the sunshine vitamin!
Vitamin D is a super vitamin that most of us don't get nearly enough of here in Canada! Low blood levels have been associated with Cancer, Asthma in children, fatigue, depression and frequent colds/flues.
There is a lot of contradicting methodology as far as the proper dose. Truly you can only know your deficiency and therefore how much you need by testing your blood. Studies have shown that most adults are safe to take 2000-4000IU per day, especially in the winter months. It is a fat soluble vitamin so this means that you CAN OVERDOSE - since it is stored in fat tissue. Anything over 4000IU/day is considered mega-dosing, so talk to your Naturopath to know what the best dose is for you.
My preferred Vitamin D product is D mulsion 1000 by Seroyal - it is an easy gel that you can take each morning (also kid friendly!). Also, be sure that you are also trying to get outside in the sunshine most days - the sun activates Vitamin D in order for our bodies to be able to utilize it.
Book in to determine your best Winter plan and how to keep your immune system and mental health at its' best!