Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

During my childhood, my mother loved taking me outside. She often sang along with John Denver’s song, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry…” She was a fan of picnics, days at the beach, and gardening.

As a young teen, I foolishly slathered my body with Hawaiian Tropics and spend hours tanning at the beach.img_7512

When I started modeling, my agent told me, “Never go in the sun, it will age you prematurely.”

I began to cover up, seek shade, and liberally apply sunscreen if I went outdoors.


Fast-forward to my early fifties, my doctor diagnosed me with vitamin D deficiency. I could understand how that might be possible if I lived in Alaska, a state that has an almost sunless winter, but in sunny Southern California? I was prescribed supplements, but I have struggled to keep my levels where the doctor recommended.


I reached out to my friends on social media and asked their experiences with Vitamin D. Many of them have been diagnosed with a deficiency, also. They suggested eating more fish, going outside, essential oils, and vitamins. The Thorne Research supplement was the most highly recommended in my group. Clink here to see: Thorne Vitamin D/K2

In my research, I found that there is much debate and discussion about getting your Vitamin D from sunshine. Advice ranges from “NEVER expose your skin to the sun’s harmful rays” versus “sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin d and you need 15 minutes every day.” I’m trying to figure out if there is a way to get just enough sun to bring the vitamin d levels up without getting skin cancer. Life is definitely a balancing act.

***Mayo Clinic warns, “Don’t overdo it, though. Very high levels of vitamin D have not been shown to provide greater benefits. In fact, too much vitamin D has been linked to other health problems. If you’re concerned about whether you’re getting enough vitamin D, talk to your doctor about your diet and whether a vitamin supplement might benefit you.”