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If you're taking vitamin D, you're probably taking too much

You might have a deficiency, but overdosing isn’t the answer.
vitamin pills

They look so warm and glowy and friendly...just one is fine, right?


Vitamins seem like something you can’t have too much of. Like too much ice cream on a sticky summer day—sure, you can technically go overboard, but the limit is so high, and what’s the worst thing that happens anyway? And unlike ice cream, we know that vitamins help keep us healthy.

But just like ice cream, vitamin D can have negative side effects when taken in large doses, the impacts can really sneak up on you, and obesity is a concern. Really.

The tricky thing about “medicines” like vitamin D is

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