#1 Vitamin on Alex Reid's Morning Health Checklist

Written by Alex Reid
Posted June 30, 2020

Dear Reader,

Every morning, I have a health checklist.

The very first thing I take is vitamin D.

It releases those happy chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.

It keeps my bones and teeth strong.

I'm consistent with my checklist. And I'm a better man for it.

So, how much vitamin D do you really need?

Chances are you’ve heard a thousand different answers to this question...

All of which just cause more confusion.

So it’s time to put this one to rest…

After all, vitamin D is vital to your health — you couldn’t live without it!

It supports your bones, teeth, mood, weight, and so much more. And yet most people don’t get enough of it.

That’s right, we have a massive vitamin D problem...

In fact, health experts have deemed vitamin D deficiency a public health crisis!

So many people are low in vitamin D that it’s known as the world’s #1 vitamin deficiency.

People today spend more and more time inside and less and less time outside. Office workers rarely get to see the light of day during the workweek.

As you know, direct sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Our skin uses ultraviolet B light to create vitamin D naturally.

But there’s another problem...

As you age, your body’s natural ability to create vitamin D begins to decline. That means you end up becoming even more vitamin D deficient.

And there’s yet ANOTHER problem...

Research shows that obesity is linked to vitamin D deficiency!

If you carry extra body weight, you need far more vitamin D.

So unless you’re young, live in a warm and sunny climate, spend plenty of time outside, and aren’t overweight, you run the risk of becoming low in vitamin D.

For many people, the best solution is to take vitamin D supplements.

Though some foods, like salmon and eggs, contain vitamin D, the amount is so small that it’s practically impossible to get enough vitamin D from food alone.

So, that leads us back to the question: How much vitamin D should you be taking?

Well, in the blood, vitamin D is measured by its storage form known as 25(OH)D.

According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 25(OH)D greater than 20 ng/ml is sufficient. Anything below 12ng/ml is considered deficient.1

For a healthy adult to maintain a sufficient amount of vitamin D (greater than 20 ng/ml), their daily intake would need to be at a bare minimum of 1,000 IU (or 25 micrograms).2

But this is for healthy adults...

Those who are overweight should be taking much more. If you are obese, closer to 4,000 IU (or 200 micrograms) daily may be necessary.3

According to the IOM, a safe limit for vitamin D intake is 4,000 IU. It’s best to stay within that limit unless you consult your doctor.4

Little or no adverse side effects have been found when taking less than 4,000 IU. Toxicity typically only appears when taking extremely high amounts of vitamin D (say, 50,000+ IU daily for several months).

Conclusion: Most people should be taking 1,000–4,000 IU (or 25–200 micrograms) of vitamin D each day.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Longevity Insider HQ

P.S. This morning, I took vitamin D combined with another potent vitamin. And now, with this duo, I'm on top of the world.

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18844844

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18541590

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25372709

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18844844