The Importance Of Vitamin D & Where To Get It

 

Vitamin D, which is produced in our skin in response to sunlight, helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorous which in turn helps to keep our immune systems healthy.

A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the overall rate of Vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. may be as high as 41.6%, linking it to higher rates of breast cancer and prostate cancer, heart disease, depression, and obesity—some of the leading causes of death in this country.

The best way to get enough vitamin D is through natural exposure to sunlight. Studies show that as little as 10 minutes a day of exposure to direct sunlight can give us enough vitamin D.

Still, it’s not always practical to get the amount of vitamin D that our body needs on a daily basis, especially for people who live in the northern climates.

So, the second best way to get enough vitamin D is through our food.

Foods that are high in vitamin D include: Fish (especially wild salmon and tuna; and smaller fish, such as sardines, herring, and shrimp), egg yolks, butter from grass-fed cows and dairy.

The third way to get vitamin D in your diet is through supplements. Both vitamin D and fish oil supplements are known to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Therefore, there is an added health benefit in combining these two supplements.

Mounting evidence in recent years shows the importance of getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D. Not only does vitamin D help our immune systems fight the serious diseases listed above; but vitamin D also ensures normal growth and development of our bones and teeth. It also helps us to fight off osteoporosis (soft, fragile bones).

As our population ages, the necessity of getting the right amount of vitamin D in our diet becomes even more important to us all.

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Alex Founier

Alex Founier is a DailyHealthDigital contributor with an interest in natural health for sports enthusiasts and all audiences seeking holistic remedies. He is an avid reader and a mountain climber. Alex is currently working on a book detailing his journey through the American wilderness.