7 ways to incorporate more vitamin D into your diet
[Insider, 12/18/18] Are you getting enough vitamin D? Probably not.
According to a report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 77% of Americans have a deficiency in vitamin D levels.
“Vitamin D deficiencies can contribute to a number of diseases including: osteoporosis, depression, cold and flu, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases and diabetes,” says New York City-based registered nurse Rebecca Park. “It is important to make sure you are getting adequate amounts of vitamin D all year long, especially during the long winter months when sunlight is not as prevalent.”
Humans typically receive vitamin D from spending time in sunlight (yes, even with sunscreen), but during the colder months, consciously upping your vitamin D intake via supplements or food is essential — talk to your doctor or a dietitian to find the best method and amount for your personal overall health, but know that 600 IU (international units) is the quantity to aim for daily.
“According to the National Institute of Health, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is 600 IU per day,” Park says. “Most people get far less than this on a daily basis.”
Add these foods rich in vitamin D to your diet to help boost your vitamin D levels……….
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