Remember when our mothers used to insist on us playing outside?
Their homegrown wisdom had a reason: our bodies need a daily dose of Vitamin D, which is received from sunshine and is the only vitamin your body produces when exposed to sunlight.
Not many foods contain Vitamin D.
It plays an important role in bone health, as well as in immune, nerve and muscle function.
In addition, it can contribute in protecting the body against cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and depression.
Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption and makes your bones stronger!
Insufficient vitamin D can cause bones to become thin, brittle, or misshapen. Deficiency can also lead to rickets in children and osteoporosis in older women before and post-menopause.
The good news is that you can easily get your Vitamin D from daily foods.
These foods can act as your best natural sources.
- Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
- Beef Liver
- Egg yolks
Our current lifestyles do not support enough exposure to sunlight.
Most adults find themselves deficient in it because of what is called “caveman” living.
Long hours of working indoors and absence of sporting activities are contributing factors.
However, the solution is simple.
Go outside and spend some time in the sunshine. This is one of the best ways to get your daily Vitamin D dosage.
If your hectic lifestyle makes this difficult, you can opt for Vitamin D supplements to increase your levels.
However, do consult your doctor and get your Vitamin D levels tested through a blood test.
While eating the above-mentioned foods or taking supplements help, the best way is going out and soaking in some sun!
It is time to get sun-kissed!