Getting Our Vitamin D in Winter
Vitamin D is so important to our bodies; for bone strength, and it helps our immune system. It’s also believed to help prevent certain cancers, depression, and weight gain.
The easiest way to get Vitamin D is from the sun. Five to 30 minutes two or more times in a week is enough. Easy in the summer, but not so easy to do in the winter, where we live, with the sun so low in the sky, and less ‘powerful’. So, how do you get Vitamin D in the winter months? It’s found naturally in cod liver oil, and fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel. So if you eat fish, consider those types. I don’t eat fish, so if you’re like me…you’ll have to look elsewhere. It’s also found in beef, cheese, eggs, and mushrooms. Still don’t think you’ll get enough with those foods? Milk…cow, almond, soy, or coconut are all Vitamin D fortified, so drink up! You can also consider taking a vitamin D supplement, or if you take a calcium supplement, consider taking one that includes vitamin D.
Just a few more months to go, then we’ll be able to get back out there and get our Vitamin D from the sun, when it’s not so low in the sky like it is November thru March. Just remember to be safe when you’re out in the sun, as too much can be dangerous to your skin. It’s all about balance. 🙂
~ Sources: Articles from Farmer’s Almanac, Intermountain Healthcare, & healthline.com