The Importance of Vitamin D

As we emerge from darker winter days and spend more time outdoors, the sunshine spurs the body to make vitamin D, which helps bone health and may prevent against certain cancers, among other health benefits. To get your vitamin D, make sure your diet consists of these foods: fatty fish, canned tuna and sardines, and fortified milk and orange juice. If your diet doesn’t consist of foods high in vitamin D, consider a supplement, but don’t overdo it: If you’re an otherwise healthy adult, 600 IU of vitamin D is the daily recommended amount. A Vitamin-D rich recipe to try: Grilled Salmon with Bok Choy (see Nutrition).

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