Did you manage to enjoy some Winter sun on the weekend? Vitamn D deficiency can become a problem during the colder months. Vitamin D is a hormone controlling calcium absorption and bone growth to regulating our immune system and reducing the risk of cancers and heart disease. The best natural source for vitamin D is the sun’s UV radiation.
During the Winter months you may actually need short periods of exposure in peak UV times ie 10am to 3pm to get enough vitamin D. The sun’s UV radiation is also the main cause of skin cancer.
Foods that provide vitamin D include:
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
It’s important to talk with your medical team about how much vitamin D you need each day.
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