Let’s take a look at the video and article by my friend Chris Kendall, from TheRawAdvantage.com. He is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, lifelong athlete, and 100% Raw Food Lifestyle Coach and Mentor.
I love the way Chris teaches, lots of fun and great content. So keep reading and enjoy and learn to keep your vitamin D levels high all over the year!
How to Get Vitamin D in a Raw Food Diet
According to Chris Kendall, here are the four sources of Vitamin D for raw vegans.
The sun is the safest most effective, Natural and age old supply of Vitamin D. We can produce all that we need with zero chance of overdosing by getting adequate sun exposure. Vitamin D is produced by our skins interaction with UVB light when it interfaces with a form of Cholesterol in our skin called 7-dehydrocholesterol. A series of Complex steps proceed that we do not need to go into it here.
Yes Mushrooms!! Mushrooms as well as Lichen (more on this below) are some of the only “plant” sources of Vitamin D, more accurately Vitamin D2. While Vitamin D3 is what our body produces and is surely a superior Vitamin D source, Vitamin D2 has been shown to be effective in treating Rickets and S.A.D albeit requiring larger doses more often.
There for sure is information showing that raw mushrooms contain some toxic substances such as hydrazine. Many experts actually say you should never eat raw mushrooms.
3. Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum or Blue Light Therapy
These are the 3 most commonly used artificial Light sources for Effectively Treating SAD. It has been shown that 10000 LUX ( a measurement of Light) from Broad Spectrum is safer than Full Spectrum, aka Light Boxes (used more for the Full Spectrum as it needs a UV shield), with less UV radiation, while Blue Is thought to be Even Better than Broad as well as lasts much longer as its typically a LED. Most testing has been done on 10000 LUX Broad Spectrum and thus is the Industry standard for effective Light Therapy.
4 . Supplements
While I am neither for not Against Supplements. My personal choice is always to focus on lifestyle and food first. With this philosophy I haven’t found a need for supplements of any kind. There are many ways to get Vitamin D. Most often people suffer from imbalances and absorption issues rather than actual deficiency, when this is the case supplements can simply lead to further imbalance. Finding and fixing the root cause IMHO is always the best starting point, if needed and of course if resonates Supplements are a effective and great option.
Here is a link to the full version of this great article.
Well, now you know that we have 4 sources of Vitamin D which are the sun, mushrooms, Full Spectrum Broad Spectrum or Blue Light Therapy and Food Supplements. You can choose on what is best for you on how to get vitamin D in a raw food diet.
Personally, I prefer the sun as a source of vitamin D and I really think it’s ironic to realize how most people are afraid of the sun these days, not realizing that without the sun we would have no life at all!!
I even have the habit of looking directly to the sun (first hours in the morning and last hours in the afternoon) to get vitamin D and also improve my vision. Love it!