Thank you to Adora Calcium Supplements for sponsoring this post.
Feeling a bit lethargic lately? It may be due to a lack of enough Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is essential to our health. We get it from certain foods we eat and also from the sun. Vitamin D is produced in our bodies when skin is exposed to sunlight – that’s why it’s known as the “sunshine vitamin”! Yet many of us are not getting enough Vitamin D, especially during the winter when we do not spend as much time outdoors.
A Vitamin D deficiency can not only affect your mood and energy, but it can also lead to weaker bones because Vitamin D is critical in helping our bodies absorb calcium. Low blood levels of Vitamin D have also been linked to chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.
So let’s find out how to up our Vitamin D and avoid all that bad stuff!
Getting sun exposure in the winter can be tough, especially in northern climates (like Minnesota, where I live!). Add to that the fact that we’re all wearing sunscreen these days, and we’re severely limiting the amount of Vitamin D we absorb from the sun.
My best advice is to get outside on sunny days as much as you can. Even if it’s just for a short walk, or better yet an afternoon of ice skating or a day of skiing! Going without sunscreen for a short time (up to 15 minutes) is another way to increase Vitamin D exposure.
Eating foods that contain Vitamin D is your best bet in the winter. Oily fish are an especially good source:
- Salmon (wild-caught is best)
Surprisingly, not many foods contain Vitamin D, but if you know which ones do, you can make sure they are part of your diet – especially in the winter months. Fortified foods are another popular way to get Vitamin D.
- Egg yolks
- Mushrooms (who knew?) – shiitake are especially good but also chanterelle, morel and portobello
- Beef liver (uhhh, no thanks!)
- Fortified dairy products (especially milk)
- Fortified non-dairy milk and yogurt
- Fortified cereals and other packaged foods
Most people do not get enough Vitamin D from food and sun alone, making it an important vitamin to take as a supplement. As you may know, I’ve been working with Adora this past year – and was a customer even before I started working with them. A yummy chocolate Adora supplement contains 500 IU of Vitamin D3 (plus 500 mg of calcium carbonate), so it’s a nice boost even if you think you’re getting a good amount from food. And if you take the recommended serving of 2 Adora disks per day, you’ll get 1000 IUs of Vitamin D, meeting the RDA for adults.
Here’s to staying healthy this winter!
(Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored partnership with Adora Calcium Supplements. All opinions are my own. Please consult your health practitioner for medical advice.)