There’s a lot of talk about Vitamin D. Even though many Americans don’t get the recommended daily dose, most people don’t know why it’s important, how it helps the body function, and what you can do to make sure you’re getting enough.
In a nutshell, these are the health benefits of adequate Vitamin D:
- Boosts the Immune System
- Helps the body fight infections
- Improves mental health
- Helps reduce inflammation
- Prevents osteoporosis and fractures
- Boosts mood
- Prevents autoimmune diseases
- Promotes calcium absorption from food
- Protection against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Reduces risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes
So what you can do if you’re not getting enough Vitamin D? In lieu of taking a tropical vacation and laying on the beach all day–which is highly recommended if you can swing it!–aim for 5 to 10 minutes of unfiltered sunlight daily, (but don’t forget to protect your face) and add these vitamin D rich foods into your daily diet:
- Wild Caught Salmon
- Shitake Mushrooms
- Organic Eggs
- Cod Liver Oil
If you suspect you’re drastically low in Vitamin D, talk with your doctor. Your doctor can suggest blood tests and/or specific supplements that can help you meet your daily needs.
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