How Can I Get More Vitamin D?
I’m Rachelle Grossman with today’s health
news. How often do you think about how much Vitamin D you’re getting? Maybe you should!
Vitamin D helps to keep calcium and phosphorus at normal levels in the blood. It also helps
with calcium absorption to create strong bones. According to Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director
of women’s heart health at the Heart and Vascular Institute, “Vitamin D is also associated
with a healthy functioning immune system, heart health, and helping to prevent certain
cancers.” Children who are deficient can develop rickets. So how can you tell if you’re getting
enough? Dr. Steinbaum says people are meant to get their daily amount through the sun.
However, the amount of vitamin D absorbed can vary based on living location, skin color
and the amount of skin exposed. To increase your intake of vitamin D, you can eat more:
eggs, fish, cod liver oil, and fortified milk. But since it’s nearly impossible to get the
amount your body needs through food alone, the most natural way to get more vitamin D
to expose your skin to sunlight. If you still have concerns, you can have your vitamin D
levels checked by a doctor, who may recommend a supplement.