According to the Vitamin D Council, if you are someone who completely avoids the sun you will need to take approximately 4,000 units of Vitamin D per day.You would have to drink 40 glasses of milk a day or take 10 multivitamins a day to get the required amount of Vitamin D.

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The Vitamin D Council says that most people typically make about 20,000 units of Vitamin D after 20 minutes of sun exposure, which is about 100 times more than the daily amount of Vitamin D the FDA says we need.

Tanning beds are another option to get the required amounts of Vitamin D also.

Personally I will not use a tanning bed or spend excessive amounts of time out in the sun due to fear of skin cancer.

There is another option if you are not a sun worshiper.

You can have your physician administer a 25-hydroxyvitamin test to determine if you have optimal levels of Vitamin D in your blood.

The Vitamin D Council considers optimum levels to be approximately 50 n M/L.

The 25-hydroxyvitamin test measures the amount of calcidiol (a prehormone found in the blood that is produced in the liver).

This is considered the most reliable form of testing for Vitamin D deficiency.

I wrote an article online about the dangers of Vitamin D deficiency and thought it would be fitting for this site. Always see a physician with any questions on Vitamin D Deficiency or any other health issues.