How to Get Your Daily Vitamin D
By Sara Butler
Bone health is very important. As you age, your bones may become weaker and more brittle, leading to a host of other problems that will take a toll on your health. One way you can prevent traveling down that path is to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin D every day – but not just for your bones. Research shows that Vitamin D can also help to battle depression and boost your immune system. Here are a few ways you can make sure you’re getting enough!
Bask in the Sun
The human body can create its own Vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight! If you can get out in the sun for about 20 minutes each day, then your body should be able to synthesize the Vitamin D you need. The higher latitudes you live at or winter time can dampen the impact of the sun – and light through a window won’t work either. Make sure you speak with a health care professional to understand what your Vitamin D levels are if getting out in the sun is a challenge for you.
Normally people associate fat with being bad but not when it comes to fish! Fatty fish is a great source of Vitamin D. You can get the Vitamin D your body needs by eating tuna, eel, mackerel, trout, and salmon. Plus you get the bonus of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids!
Just like humans, when some mushrooms are exposed to ultraviolet light they create Vitamin D. The problem with mushrooms is that they’re often grown in the dark! But specific brands are grown in ultraviolet light specifically to boost their Vitamin D content. Mushrooms such as Portobello mushrooms usually have a good punch of Vitamin D – just look at the nutritional information to find out how much Vitamin D your mushrooms have.
Milk (If It’s Fortified)
Most milk you buy these days has been fortified with Vitamin D, making it a great source of the vitamin. The great thing about getting your Vitamin D through milk is that since it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, the fat in milk helps your body to absorb it well.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and a healthy body, so it’s important to know if you’re getting enough. If you’re not, then your trusted health care professional may be able to suggest ways to get more.
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