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3 Great Sources of Vitamin D

By Genevieve Cunningham

Our bodies need various vitamins in order to function at optimal level. Many of these vitamins you've already heard about. The immune boosting Vitamin C is found in leafy greens and citrus fruit. Need Vitamin E? Reach for coconut to boost skin health. Vitamin B? Look to red meats to make sure you get enough. But what about Vitamin D? This is an essential vitamin for health -- bone health and  mental wellness, especially. But where do we get this vitamin? Since this essential nutrient isn’t found naturally in very many places, it's important to know where to get it. To make sure you're getting enough Vitamin D, take a look at these sources to add to your life.

Fatty Fish

Fatty fish include species such as salmon, mackerel and mahi mahi. These delicious lean meats are good sources of Vitamin D. If you enjoy fish, these are easy to add to the menu. Grill them, bake them, or add them to a salad and enjoy the flavor and healthy benefits, too.

Whole Milk

Milk is an excellent source of Vitamin D -- as are many kinds of cheese. Dairy is a good option for those who tolerate this kind of food. If you have a dairy sensitivity or if it makes you gain weight, you may want to stick with fish or supplements. But if dairy works for you, it may be one of the easiest ways to get it in your diet. Drink it plain, add cheese to your meals, or put it in your protein shakes. Adding some dairy to the menu is quick, easy, and effective for consuming this vitamin.

The Sun

Let's not forget that the best way to get Vitamin D is through the sun. If you need more of this vitamin, go outside and soak in some rays! If you're worried about protecting the skin, wear a sunscreen and limit your time outdoors to small increments. While it's smart to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays, it’s equally important to get some sunshine -- and Vitamin D -- in your life in a healthy way.

Vitamin D is absolutely an essential part of any diet. It promotes good mental health, protects the bones, and keeps the body functioning more efficiently. Use these tips to get more Vitamin D in your life, and reap the healthy benefits that come with it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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