How to get some vitamin D, even without the sun

How to get some vitamin D, even without the sun

When you think of vitamin D, you probably envision the sun. And rightfully so, because a key way to get your daily intake of vitamin D is through soaking up some rays.

But it’s that gloomy stretch of winter when you might not be outside much.

“While it may be more difficult to get your daily value of vitamin D without the sun, it’s certainly possible,” says Michelle Mendyk, a nurse practitioner at Aurora Health Center in Two Rivers, Wis. “In fact, all it takes is a little mindfulness and effort.”

“Vitamin D deficiency could have links to conditions like osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, fatigue, type 1 diabetes and more,” she says. “Making some simple changes to your diet ensures you’re getting what you need.”

However, Mendyk offers some cautionary advice, as it is possible to get too much vitamin D due to excessive supplementation. Check with your health care provider regarding safe and appropriate supplementation prior to initiating a change in your diet or taking vitamin D supplements.

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  1. I track nutrients in the food I eat, including vitamin D. I eat salmon, mushrooms, a little milk, cheese, and I never or rarely get to the 600IU that is recommended.

  2. Your article didn’t say what would be the recommended amount of Vitamin D supplement to take every day. I’m sure there must be one instead of having to contact your dr about this. The articles says to call your doctor and ask. If I called my doctor to ask about a vitamin amount I wonder if she’d think I could look it up somewhere. Can you not give that to us?

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Brianna Wunsch
Brianna Wunsch

Brianna Wunsch, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator for Advocate Aurora Health with a BA in public affairs from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. In her free time, Brianna enjoys living an active lifestyle through biking, hiking and working out at the gym, but even more than that, she especially loves spending quality time with her two cats (Arthur and Loki), son and husband.