How can I get vitamin D from the sun?

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Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
A major source of vitamin D is the triggering of vitamin D synthesis in the skin by ultraviolet rays from the sun. Approximately 15 minutes of sun exposure daily will trigger a significant amount of vitamin D production. This moderate exposure will not cause damage from the sun. However, the skin becomes less and less effective at synthesizing vitamin D as we grow older, and many people are not exposed to sufficient sunlight during the winter months to produce a significant amount of vitamin D. I recommend 400 IU of vitamin D for everyone, increasing this to as much as 600 IU after the age of 70.
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Taking a 15 to 20-minute walk several times a week should keep your body well supplied with enough vitamin D to keep bones healthy. Some studies show that because vitamin D is fat-soluble, it can store in the body. This means that casual exposure to sunlight in the summer months may allow your body to have ample amounts of this vitamin in the winter. However, for those who work in offices year-round, exposure to sunlight through windowpane glass may result in vitamin D deficiency.

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