Vitamin D plays a key role in your health — especially bone health. Most people get enough from foods (fish and eggs), fortified foods (milk and cereals), and sunlight.

But reduced sunlight in winter — and for miners year ‘round — may mean that you’re not getting the recommended 600-800 IUs (International Units) most people need. That’s why we test Vitamin D levels as part of our HealthChecks.

If your levels are too low, your health coach may suggest a supplement. But be careful, Vitamin D is not a miracle drug. In fact, too much can be toxic and may actually damage your health.

If you are taking a Vitamin D supplement, check the label to be sure it’s an appropriate dose. General recommendations are that you should get no more than 4,000 IUs per day, unless you are being monitored by your health coach or doctor. As with all supplements, be sure to talk with your health coach if you have any questions about what’s right for you and your long-term health.