Vitamin D // The Sunshine Vitamin

Winter days are beautiful! Between trees topped with snow and sparkling icicles, it’s hard not to like what you see. Sometimes, though, winter days don’t bring much sunshine and things look a little gloomy, like this picture below.

Did you know that when we don’t spend enough time in the sun, our bodies might not get enough vitamin D? Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” because the sun’s light helps our body make the vitamin D we need. We can also get vitamin D from food, and should try to incorporate more of those foods into our diet during the gloomy wintertime months.

Vitamin D is important for our bodies because it helps us….

  • Feel happier
  • Have stronger bones
  • Keep our heart healthy
  • Protect us from diseases like cancer and diabetes

There are many ways to get enough vitamin D! Spending at least 15 minutes in the sun should give your body the light it needs to make enough vitamin D. Foods that are high in vitamin D include egg yolks, tuna, vitamin D fortified orange juice, dairy products, and fortified cereals.

How will you get enough vitamin D today?

References

  1. Vitamin D: The “sunshine” vitamin
  2. Vitamin D – National Institute of Health

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