Winter is approaching in the Northwest. You probably should be increasing your Vitamin D.
My typical recommendation for most adults without any serious health concerns would be to take 2,000 I.U.’s of Vitamin D most days in the summer and with our Northwest winters, 5,000 I.U.’s/day starting about October 1st.
I usually will not bother with testing anymore because of the expense of the test, as well as we are not totally sure what the results indicate. I have tested hundreds of people in the past and most people showed up low or low normal.
The benefits of Vitamin D including helping to prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder (winter depression), and it also acts as an immune enhancer and has anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, anti-heart disease and anti-autoimmune disease capabilities as well as keeping the bones strong.
Of course, every doctor and researcher has their opinion on the benefits and effects, but it seems like it is almost impossible to do much harm with the dosages I have recommended. I have run into a few people over the years who get headaches or nausea from Vitamin D but it is very rare.
Of course, talk to your individual practitioner before following my recommendation.