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How does one maintain healthy vitamin D levels in cold climates excluding the use of supplements/vitamins? How did our ancestors do it before pills?

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Sunlight. You don't need all that much to get enough vitamin D. About 15-20mins a day, and I'm positive our ancestors got a lot more than that. Also fish is fairly high in vitamin D.

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Honestly, not much else comes close to the vitamin D levels in fish. Why not consider cod liver oil or a good vitamin D3 supplement?

It's best to get it therough sunshine, but in cold climates, even if you are outside on a daily basis, usually not much skin is exposed. Also, the darker your skin, the less will be absorbed and the time of exposure would have to be longer, too.

Vitamin D is way too important to not get enough of it.

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Salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines are on the list of foods that contain vitamin D (salmon contains most, sardines least). Egg yolk also contains vitamin D, as does liver/beef, but it would take a huge amount of eggs or liver/beef to get enough. The easiest (and safest) way to get it is from the sun, otherwise I'd suggest a supplement. You can find more info on vitamin D here: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org

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In cold climates we don't get enough sunlight to produce all the vit D we need. Eat mollusks, fish (herrings and sardines are a really good source of O3 and vitD), etc. Some of our ancestors that raised dairy cows had access to high vitamin butter, which will contain plenty of vit A & D. I recommend you look into Weston A. Price foundation if you want to know more about how our ancestors obtained these vitamins (and they consumed much more than us, over 10,000 IU of A and 2,000 IU of D, which is high compared to what is "recommended" today).

You can also see this: http://www.nutritiondata.com/foods-0001020...00000000-1.html?

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People in cold climates typically ate a lot of seafoods which contained large amounts of vitamin D.

But if you wanna do it without pills the modern way, you can use a safe tanning bed and it will work great.

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