It’s that time of the year when days get a bit chillier, cloud cover gets grayer and we find ourselves spending more time indoors with a hot beverage. During the Fall and Winter seasons, it can be more difficult to get the necessary amount of Vitamin D into our bodies. Vitamin D comes from the sun and helps with bone strength and a healthier immune system. Although Vitamin D is most commonly absorbed through exposure to sunlight, many people lack sufficient exposure to the sun in their busy indoor lives.
It is suggested that adults get 600 IUs of Vitamin D a day.
Luckily, certain food items allow those of us who have long winters or long days at the office to consume enough Vitamin D. Eggs, are one of the few food items that naturally have Vitamin D present. If you eat one yolk, you will get 40 IUs. This means if you eat 4 eggs with breakfast, you’ve already consumed about a fifth of your daily requirements.
Vitamin D can also be found in aquatic food items such as salmon, tuna, herring and sardines. Surprisingly,almost all of the U.S. milk supply is fortified with 400 IU of vitamin D per quart (National Institutes of Health). So next time you feel like staying indoors, just know that if you make some scrambled eggs, you can still get some yummy Vitamin D!
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