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 MushroomsSome 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