Why Is It So Difficult To Get Enough Vitamin D Naturally From The Sun and Food?

Why Is It So Difficult To Get Enough Vitamin D Naturally From The Sun and Food

After I posted my blood test results and revealed my vitamin D deficiency, a few of you asked why vitamin D deficiency was so common, even among people who on paper seem to be getting enough sun exposure like myself. I thought it would be a great topic for a video, so I made one.

In this video, I discuss the various reasons why you might not be producing as much vitamin D as you think, such as:

  • using sunscreens
  • staying away from the sun around midday
  • excess weight
  • inflammatory bowel diseases
  • prescription medications
  • not exposing the torso to sunlight, etc.

When I found out that I was lacking vitamin D, naturally my first question also was: “How is that even possible?” I live on a subtropical island that is basked in sunshine more than 300 days a year. I don’t hide from the sun. I take walks every day. I sunbathe sometimes. I simply couldn’t get it. I had to research this topic for my own peace of mind and that’s how this video was born. Hopefully it will clarify things a little bit for you as well!

In the next video about Vitamin D, I’ll be talking about the best ways to optimize vitamin D levels and I’ll be sharing my action plan: what I’m doing to increase my own vitamin D. (This is turning into a little Vitamin D 101 Series – I like it!)

If you found this video interesting, I’d appreciate it a lot if you shared it with your friends and loved ones. More people would be aware of the incredibly common vitamin D deficiency and my blog would grow: a win-win for all of us! Smile

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Lots of love,

Vita xx

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  1. Hi Vita!

    I’ve been perusing your site on and off for about five months now. I figured I should finally say hello and introduce myself. My name is Jessica and I’m from the U.S. I’ve developed adult acne in my early thirties. I’m pretty sure it started went I went off of the birth control pill (which was causing so many other negative side effects). So the short story is that I found your site by researching more natural methods to care for my skin. I started feeling out the oil cleansing method last week and am looking forward to slowly changing so many aspects of what goes in my body.

    I was so thrilled to hear your view on sunscreen! I have never bought into the sunscreen fad. I can’t believe that putting chemicals on my skin is better than the natural sunlight. I felt like one of very few people to believe this.

    I also have a vitamin D deficiency and I look forward to hearing what your research uncovers to resolve the issue.

    I’m so excited to follow along. Thank you for taking the world on the journey with you. I’m really jealous that you get to do it from a subtropical island! 🙂 Wishing your much health and happiness!


    • Hello Jess, I’m so sorry for such a late reply! I’m so glad you decided to say hello and introduce yourself. I love getting to know my readers! Sunscreens are really evil and nothing beats simple common sense: not staying in the sun for too long, wearing light clothing for protection, and good nutrition! Vitamin D is such a complicated issue. Every time I think I cracked it, I learn something new. It’s unbelievable. I’ll be sharing my findings soon. Thanks so much for joining on my journey and so sorry if my answers are late. I’m still living without electricity, so it’s not easy. Yes, a subtropical island without electricity might not seem so cool, but it’s OK. We’ll get it back sooner or later. 🙂 Wishing you lots of health and happiness, too! xx

    • Yes, I have heard of this. Luckily, I haven’t used soap for years. This applies to washing with soap after sun exposure. If you sunbathe in the morning and then use soap in the evening, it will be fine. xx

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