Getting enough Vitamin D during the winter months in the Pacific Northwest is always challenging with the gray weather and shortened hours of sunlight. But with Coronavirus safety protocols keeping us at home even more than usual, it might be feeling downright impossible these days.
Many of us know Vitamin D as the “sunshine vitamin” due to the fact that our bodies can absorb it through sunlight. It plays a vital role in keeping us healthy by promoting calcium absorption in order to keep bones and teeth strong, supporting our immune systems, and reducing inflammation.
So what can you do to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D?
- Exercise regularly – Physical activity helps with the body’s natural production of Vitamin D.
- Eat nutrient-rich foods – Although diet alone typically does not provide enough Vitamin D, eating Vitamin D-rich foods such as eggs, liver, and salmon can be helpful.
- Take a supplement – Some people may benefit from a Vitamin D supplement but should consult a physician before taking any new medications.
- Get outside – When the sun is shining, being outside for 20 minutes a few times a week is a great, natural way to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D.
These are just a few of the ways you can make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D to stay physically and mentally healthy during such a challenging time.
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician before starting a supplement or exercise program or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.