4 Ways to Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin D
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- Get more sun. A quick 10-minute walk during the middle of the day in the summertime can give your body all of the vitamin D you need for the day. The key is wearing shorts and a tank top (if you’re going out for longer, definitely slather on the SPF to protect yourself). Your body even stores some of the extra vitamin D to help you during the darker winter months (Michigan doesn’t get enough sunlight in the winter to give your body enough vitamin D). If you have darker skin, you might need to spend up to an hour in the sun to get the same amount of vitamin D.
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin D. Beef, chicken and fatty fish are all rich in vitamin D. If you like seafood, try incorporating more salmon, shrimp, mackerel, sardines and fresh herring into your diet. Even vegetables like spinach, kale and okra are rich in vitamin D. Vitamin D is also added to some foods like tofu, orange juice and a few dairy products.
- Eat breakfast. Just two eggs, a glass of orange juice and a bowl of cereal and milk can add up to about 300 IU of vitamin D—half of what you need for the day.
- Talk to your primary doctor about supplements. If you are not able to get much sun, it’s the winter or your diet is low in vitamin D, a supplement may be a good idea. Look for a supplement that says it’s vitamin D3—that’s the kind of vitamin D that’s produced naturally by your skin and is the easiest for your body to absorb.