Vitamin D is important to overall health and immunity and many of us are not getting enough. Sunlight is a source of vitamin D, but I feel it’s important to practice safe sun, especially if you are pale like me! As such, I get my vitamin D quota from supplements and food. Why should you monitor your vitamin D intake? The Dietitians of Canada tell us that vitamin D:
- Is fat-soluble, which means that your body can store extra amounts of it
- Helps our bodies absorb and use calcium and phosphorous for strong bones and teeth, which can help to prevent osteoporosis
- Can protect against infections by keeping immune systems healthy
- May help reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and certain types of cancer
- Fish, such as salmon, canned tuna, whitefish, trout, and halibut. JP and I eat fish twice per week and I’ve learned many different ways of cooking it to prevent boredom.
- Supplements, such as cod liver oil pills and vitamin D capsules
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, such as certain types of milk, orange juice, and cereal
- Egg yolks
- Beef liver
Vitamin D: are you getting enough?