Getting your Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a vitamin that is important for our bone strength, and it also helps us absorb calcium iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc.  The recommended intake of Vitamin D is 200 International Units a day.

If we don’t have enough Vitamin D, we get softening of our bones (rickets or osteomalacia).

There are very few foods that contain Vitamin D.  Most milk products including almond and soy milk are now supplemented with Vitamin D.  Mushrooms, egg yolk, beef liver, and fish such as salmon and tuna also have Vitamin D.

We get most of our Vitamin D from sun exposure on our skin, through a chemical reaction that occurs.  You don’t need prolonged sun exposure or a sunburn to get Vitamin D.  Only about 10 minutes in the sun in shorts and a tank top will provide 10,000 International Units of Vitamin D!

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