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How To Get Vitamin D During Winter

By Carolin 

first snow

deficiency can cause cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS and tuberculosis.

All you need is 10-15 minutes of sun shine on 40% of your skin per day. This might be really easy during summer. But how do you get enough vitamin D during winter?

One god thing is that vitamin D is fat soluble which means that it stays in your body. You don’t have to get your daily doses every single day. However during cold weather it is almost impossible to get enough just from sunshine.

The supermarkets are full of foods fortified with a synthetic form of Vitamin D.  However there are only a select number of foods that are naturally high in vitamin D.

The foods highest in vitamin D are:

  • Herring
  • Salmon
  • Catfish
  • Trout
  • Mackerel
  • Oysters
  • Halibut
  • Sardine
  • Shiitake & Button Mushrooms
  • Liver
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Tuna

Cold water fish is the best alternatives and you could also consider taking a fish oil supplement.

 

 

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2 Responses to “How To Get Vitamin D During Winter”

  1. Vitamin D: The Basics | Body2Envy - Get the Body People Envy on July 22nd, 2009 12:58 pm

    [...] For all of us who are not lucky to live just around the equator and to make matters worse, spend a lot of time indoors, we need to find ways to get vitamin D even on winter months. [...]

  2. Vegan Vitamin D on January 15th, 2010 11:18 am

    Don’t forget that there are many foods that are fortified with vitamin D too which is particularly useful for vegetarians and vegans who don’t eat fish or take fish oil capsules. These foods include many soya milks, breakfast cereals and margarines. Of course there are also vegetarian and vegan vitamin D supplements available too.

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