Vitamin D Deficiency: How to Avoid It
During the winter, it’s easy to hide out indoors, but staying inside could have a huge impact on your health. A little sun gives you more than you know.
Sunshine … most of the country misses it this time of year, but by staying inside, you could depriving your body of something very important. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or the winter blues, is also attributed to not enough vitamin D. A supplement can do the trick or a light box can brighten your mood.
Vitamin D can also help your heart. Doctors at the University of Michigan found the higher the vitamin D level, the higher the good HDL cholesterol. Women between the ages of 50 to 69 should get 300 units a day. If you’re over age 70, you should get 600 units. That equals just 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine three times a week.
So bundle up, get outside and soak up the vitamin D!
You can get vitamin D from foods such as milk and fatty fish like salmon and vitamin fortified juices.