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How Do You Get Vitamin D in the Dead of Winter?

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Last year after my annual check-up, my doctor informed me that my vitamin D was low.  Vitamin D?  Low?

The only thing I knew about vitamin D was that you can produce it naturally by standing in the sun and that it was possibly good for bones.  Subsequently, after checking with the Mayo Clinic, I learned that not only is this vitamin responsible for strong bones, but proves to be a protection against osteoporosis, hypertension, cancer and even different autoimmune diseases.  Wow.

So how can you make sure during the winter months that you get the required 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D a day as recommended by the National Osteoporosis Foundation?  Note the tips below:

Eat vitamin D-rich foods such as salmon, sardines and tuna a few times a week.

Eat fortified foods such as milk, orange juice, other fruit juices, soy milk, butter substitutes, cereals and yogurts.

Take a vitamin D supplement with a least 400 IU in a dose daily.

When the sun is out, make a dash for it!  Try to at least get out 5 to 10 minutes.

Best in health!



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