Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

 

Called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is vital to health and well-being.    It is being talked about more and more in the media and among nutrition experts, and for very good reason.

 

This incredibly important nutrient is essential for health. Recent research suggests that it may have benefits such as improving immune function, preventing disease, reducing inflammation, boosting mood, building bones, and even easing muscle aches. But, it can be hard for many of us to get enough of it during certain times of the year.

 

Here’s why: our bodies makes Vitamin D when we are exposed to sunlight. The sun is actually our greatest source of vitamin D.  During the winter months when it’s cold outside, we may not get the levels of Vitamin D from the sun that we need for our bodies to function optimally.

 

While Vitamin D isn’t found in just a ton of foods, it is found in some.

 

Here are a few ways to get more Vitamin D:

 

1. Fatty Fish

Fatty fish like wild caught salmon, mackerel, cod, sardines and tuna are packed with Vitamin D. Buy these fish fresh or frozen, and of course wild caught, or pick up some that are packed in a can.

2. Whole Eggs

Eggs are a great source of Vitamin D, but it’s important to note that the Vitamin D in eggs comes from the yolk.  There are other nutrients that are only found in the yolk of the egg, so I recommend eating the whole egg (and look for organic, pasture-raised eggs).

3. Shiitake Mushrooms

Some mushroom species, including shiitake mushrooms, are a great source of Vitamin D. Buy them fresh when you can, but dried shiitakes are available in most stores as well and are great to toss into soups, or added to any vegan or meat dishes. They’re incredibly flavorful and a little goes a long way!

4. Vitamin D Supplement

I recommend Premier Research Labs pharmaceutical quality Vitamin D3 supplements during the winter months.  You can purchase these high quality D3 supplements at the front desk of TAC Fit!

 




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Lisa Cohen

Nutritionist & Personal Fitness Coach
Lisa Cohen, MS CN, is a Certified Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist with a Masters Degree in Nutritional Science from American Health Sciences University. Lisa has been providing health coaching and nutritional counseling for 15 years and has helped her clients to dramatically improve the quality of their lives through the variety of health and fitness programs that she offers. read more »

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