Get Clean 2015 – Tip #3

Get outside for Vitamin D


Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Recent research suggests it may have other benefits, too, such as protecting against colds and fighting depression.  However, if you don’t spend enough time in the sun or if your body has trouble absorbing the vitamin, you may not get enough.

You can also get vitamin D by taking supplements. This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take. It comes in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules, but it doesn’t matter what form you take, or what time of the day you take it.

Foods like egg yolks, beef liver, cod liver oil are also higher in Vitamin D.  Fatty fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel) are good sources of Vitamin D.  In addition, a heart healthy bonus of Omega 3 fats.  Certain mushrooms are grown in ultraviolet light to spur vitamin D production.  Check the label to be sure.

Ultraviolet lamps and bulbs for those that at high risk of vitamin D deficiency.  These people are unable to absorb vitamin D and those who can’t get enough in winter months.



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