Vitamin D deficiency is more common these days. Not sure why, maybe because a lot of our food is so modified and grown in hot houses that the vitamins have been watered down. Maybe it’s because many people just don’t get outside enough. Fresh air and sunlight are good for the soul AND the body. I have NO idea really and I don’t have time to research it. The why isn’t so important as the “how do we fix it?” I don’t drink milk, yucko! Never have liked it. I do like yogurt and cheese, but those alone won’t get me to a healthy Vitamin D level. So what do we do you as???? WE EAT REAL FOODS that are rich in vitamin D and calcium. Calcium and vit D are vital for good strong bones, along with weight bearing exercise like walking/running/weight training etc. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption so make sure you’re also eating enough calcium (hint, broccoli has lots of great calcium that is easily absorbed).
I have Lupus and that causes my vitamin D levels to drop dangerously low. When that happens my doc puts me on a prescription level supplement of a crazy high dose of vitamin D. My goal this year is to be able to NOT take that high dosage of vitamin d. So, join me in eating these foods (and any others you find on Google for vitamin D sources).
Here is a list of some of the foods you can eat that will help your vitamin D levels stay in a health zone.
- eggs with the yolks (don’t think that fat is bad for you, it’s not)
- canned tuna (stock up when it’s on sale)
- milk and yogurt
- many other fish
- beef liver (yuck, but hey, some people must like it, right? So I listed it)
Here is a link to an article from the U.S. Dept. of Health on the importance of Vitamin D: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/