Vitamin D

Don’t Fall For This Vitamin D LIE

You can’t turn on the news these days without seeing a story about vitamin D… or how important it is for your health.

So you do what all the so-called health “experts” recommend.

You try to get 15 minutes of sun a day to give your body the vitamin D it needs.

But the 15-minute recommendation that’s been floating around for years is a big lie – and it’s one that could do serious damage to your health.

Here’s exactly how much vitamin D you REALLY need… and the right way to get it. 

The connection between vitamin D in your blood and the prevention of chronic diseases (like dementia, cancer, stroke, and heart disease) has been known for over two decades.

But we have never known why it works for these conditions.

Researchers from National Jewish Health, reporting in the Journal of Immunology have discovered a key piece of the puzzle.

Vitamin D, they discovered, inhibits inflammation.

But here is the problem — current levels suggested by medical doctors aren’t enough.

To decrease inflammation, you must have a lot of vitamin D in your body. 

Dr. Elena Goleva, lead investigator of the study, discovered vitamin D can reduce the risk of chronic disease because it impacts many cellular events all known to trigger inflammation.

But she found that it only worked when vitamin D reached a certain level in the blood.

For many years 20 ng/ml was the level suggested by health professionals–and that amount will probably prevent rickets (soft bones), but not much more.

Given the wider role of vitamin D in our bodies (it does much more than help our bones), we need much higher levels. This has lead many doctors to suggest 30 ng/ml as the perfect level.

But here is what Dr. Goleva found: the highest levels of inflammation squashing occurred when blood levels reached 50 ng/ml.

That means you need to take much more vitamin D than we ever thought (and it takes more than 15 minutes of sun a day).

Here is how to get there:

Dr. Scott’s Guide to Getting Enough Vitamin D

  • Start at your doctor’s office and have them run a blood test for you. This will give you a good idea of your levels. Make sure you pay attention to what time of year it is: most people’s vitamin D levels are lowest after a long winter and highest in the summer.
  • Get enough sun. There is a fine balance between getting enough sun and getting too much. I don’t believe you only need 15 minutes of sun exposure a day–most of us need much more. Just make sure to not burn your skin.
  • Supplement. Not all your vitamins need to come from a pill, but vitamin D is one you should take daily, especially in winter. 

Health and Happiness,

Scott Olson

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: feedback@livingwelldaily.com – and click here to like us on Facebook.

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

View More Free Articles

Nature’s Brilliant Secret for Better Brain Health

We all want to stay sharp and focused as we age. But for many, the desire to maintain a “teenage brain” for the rest of their lives simply doesn’t match reality. Instead, the edges of their memory start to soften and their thinking slows. If the possibility of losing your mental agility keeps you up...

Read This

Don’t Quit Your Meds Cold Turkey! [Here’s Why...]

People are always asking me if they can stop taking their prescription medications. That probably doesn’t surprise you. It certainly doesn’t surprise me. I totally get it if you’re fed up with taking drugs. But can you simply STOP taking them? Let’s talk about it… If you’re over 40, there’s a solid chance you’re popping...

Read This

Secret Cancer-Fighting Duo REVEALED

You’ve no doubt heard a LOT about gut health lately. Heck, I talk about gut bacteria myself, probably at least once a week here in Living Well Daily. There’s a good reason for that. What we’ve learned about human health and the microbiome in the last decade or so is nothing short of stunning. We...

Read This

MAILBAG! Stop Sinus Headaches NATURALLY

“I am constantly getting sinus headaches. Tylenol doesn’t seem to help much. Do I have any other options?” –Alice Hi Alice, The fact that you can buy Tylenol over the counter has given this drug a safety halo. So, I want to start by cautioning against taking too much of this med. Swallowing a daily...

Read This

Scientists Uncover Diet's Dark CANCER Link

Most folks know that a steady diet of junk food isn’t exactly good for you. But the truth is, a poor diet ALSO sends your cancer risk soaring. And oddly, we’ve never been entirely certain as to WHY. Sure, a junk-food-heavy diet is unhealthy, packs on the pounds, and raises the risk for various diseases,...

Read This

Sneaky Microplastic Invaders Cross the Gut Barrier

We’re under attack, invaded by an invisible enemy worming its way into every nook and cranny of our lives… and bodies. I’m talking about microplastics, those tiny, insidious plastic particles contaminating our water,  food, and even the air we breathe. It’s a full-blown crisis, and it’s happening right under our noses! Scientists have sounded the...

Read This

Humble Gut Bugs are Heart Disease Superheroes

Unless you’ve been living on a remote island, you likely have an idea of how vital good gut health is for your overall well-being. After all, what we’ve learned about the microbiome’s relationship to our health in the last few years is nothing short of mind-blowing. A well-balanced microbiome has been linked to a lower...

Read This

Forget Fasting and Try THIS Instead

Thirty years ago, one of my hippie cousins gave me a jar filled with liquid and a mysterious white blob floating in it. Puzzled, I asked them what it was. They called it a “kombucha tea starter.” I was curious enough to give it a shot and make some of the tea. The process was...

Read This

Five Game-Changing “Hacks” for Optimal Health

The other day, a patient told me she was doing “everything” she could for her health. When I asked her what she meant, much to my surprise, she told me she stopped using the microwave. I assure you that’s NOT everything. Sure, microwaving food has some downsides. But let’s be realistic; avoiding them won’t significantly...

Read This

The Vitamin NO Diabetic Can Afford to Ignore

The fact that so many Americans STILL have low vitamin D is puzzling. After all, the research showing how VITAL the vitamin is to our health is overwhelming. For example, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels reduces the risk of osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections, depression, and more. But new research...

Read This