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 might be tough to soak up the sun during 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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