• Vitamin D through food

    Living out in London, you are not able to see the sun shine very often. Winters in general in any city are gloomy and cold. It is hard to get out of bed in the morning when you can’t see the sun shining bright. Other than the depressing feeling without the sun, how do you get your daily dose of Vitamin D? Winter time is usually when you are most deficient in vitamin D because the main source of sunlight is greatly reduced.

    If you cannot get enough vitamin D from the sun, then you have to turn to food to meet your requirements. Don’t get me wrong, missing the sunshine for a couple days will not likely make you deficient. Even a balanced diet should allow you to get enough vitamin D to maintain your body without supplementation. Some natural, food sources of vitamin D are:

    – Cod liver oil
    – Sardines
    – Salmon
    – Tuna
    – Sunflower seeds
    – Eggs
    – Milk (fortified with Vitamin D)
    – Mushrooms
    – Cheese

    These are some of the best food sources to get your vitamin D. Often, if you have Celiac Disease or any other autoimmune condition, you are likely to be severely deficient in vitamin D, in which case you may need supplementation.

    There was one point in time when vitamin D was believed to be a “cure all” formula. Although scientists will no longer claim it as a miracle remedy, being balanced with your vitamin D levels definitely has its science proven perks. For example, research has shown that vitamin D plays a role in preventing certain cancers, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, osteoprosis, and musculoskeletal pain.

    Just cause the sunshine is missing, doesn’t mean that you should have to miss out on Vitamin D. Having a balanced meal is all it takes to keep yourself in healthy.

    Health and happiness,

    Varsha

     


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