EATING SUNSHINE Vitamin D is the only vitamin the human body produces naturally when exposed to sunlight. This vitamin helps the body absorb calcium, keeps our bones healthy, boosts our immune system and may help improve mental health. Unfortunately, a study published in the journal Nutrition Research found 41.6 percent of Americans are vitamin D deficient. This number only increases in the winter, when short days and cold weather keep most people out of the sun. But sunlight isn’t the only way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Here are a few great foods that you can add to the menu to help get your vitamin D this winter. to get that vitamin D boost, you need your eggs to come from pasture-raised chickens who spent time in the sunlight. Mushrooms For vegan eaters, mushrooms are the best food source for vitamin D. Wild-grown mushrooms like chanterelles, maitake or morels tend to get more sun exposure, which means they have higher levels of vitamin D for you to enjoy. Add More Vitamin D to Your Diet
Vitamin D Supplements You should try to get all the vitamins you need from your diet, but if you’re still coming up short in the vitamin D
TESTIMONIALS At October Kitchen, our mission is to provide delicious, nourishing meals. In doing so, we hope to help our clients lead healthy and independent lives. Nothing fills our hearts more than knowing we’ve succeeded in our goal when we hear such kind words from our clients. Wild Salmon Fatty seafoods like tuna, herring and oysters are great sources of vitamin D. But if you want the most bang for your buck, enjoy a meal of fresh, wild salmon. Wild-caught salmon has 988 international units (IU) of vitamin D per serving. That’s 165 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI). Though farmed salmon also has its share of vitamin D, the dose is far less at only 45 percent of the RDI per serving. Egg Yolks Not a fan of seafood? You can still enjoy a helping of vitamin D from eggs. In addition to being a great source of protein, egg yolks are also high in vitamin D. However,
department, you might want to consider taking a daily supplement. Just be sure to talk to your doctor before heading down the supplement aisle.
Vitamin D is very important for maintaining your overall health and well-being. Simple changes to your diet can help you enjoy the benefits of vitamin D even when the winter months keep you out of the sun.
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