What should you know about Vitamin D?
- You can eat your vitamin D
- Vitamin D is found in small amounts in a few foods including fish such as herring, mackerel and tuna.
- Vitamin D is added to dairy products, juices, and cereals. These are labeled as “fortified with vitamin D.”
- You are my Sunshine…
- Most vitamin D – 80% to 90% of what the body gets – can be obtained through exposure of the skin to sunlight. The skin then makes vitamin D.
- For the skin to make vitamin D, direct exposure is needed for 15 min daily. However in the winter months, our area of the hemisphere does not get direct rays.
- Good news! Vitamin D can be taken as a supplement.
- So in the winter months, we can still get benefits of stronger bones and immunity by taking vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D is one of the vitamins you will find in our cabinet at home. Even the kids take Vitamin D at our house. Now it is not a magical pill that will keep you from catching the flu; however, it does boost the immunity and give you the best chance at fighting the germs.