Did you know that it is estimated that nearly one billion people worldwide are lacking in Vitamin D also known as the “sunshine vitamin”?
Benefits of Vitamin D include:
+ Helps your body absorb calcium and promote bone growth
+ Prevents brain injury and memory decline
+ Fights depression
+ Reduces risk of high blood pressure
+ Lowers your risk of autoimmune disease
+ Prevents colon cancer
+ And many more!
As humans, our bodies are incapable of producing Vitamin D, so here are three ways you can get more:
- Get outside: we can absorb Vitamin D through our skin, so spend just 5-30 minutes a day, two times a week outside to help increase your exposure. Just make sure to use a good sunscreen if you will be outside any longer than that to protect your skin!
- Eat foods rich in Vitamin D like fatty fishes such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, egg yolks, mushrooms, beef liver and fortified milk. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient though, so it needs to be consumed with fat in order for your body to absorb it.
- Take a high-quality supplement to easily and efficiently help meet your daily requirements. I personally look for supplements in vegan or vegetarian capsules mixed with an omega-3 rich oil like extra virgin olive oil. Try to avoid canola, corn, sunflower or safflower oil if possible.