Getting Vitamin D in the Winter

We all know that we need vitamin D to keep bones strong. We also know that the best source of vitamin D is the sun, so what do we do in the winter when the sun is scarce?

While vitamin D is present in very few foods naturally, it is added to others. Here are some of the foods you should be eating in the winter to help get the proper amount of vitamin D:

  • Fatty fish

Salmon, tuna, and mackerel are good options.  You can also take fish oil or cod liver oil.

  • Fortified milk

Milk products, including soy milk are fortified with vitamin D to help with calcium absorption. Pair the fortified milk with fortified cereal for a boost.

  • Mushrooms

Not all mushrooms are created equal! Shitake mushrooms have more vitamin D than white mushrooms. You can also place your mushrooms in the sun to boost levels of vitamin D!

  • Oysters

Half a dozen oysters have 60% f your daily vitamin D need!

  • Shrimp

6 ounces of shrimp has 64% of your vitamin D need, and there are endless ways to enjoy shrimp!

  • Eggs

One large egg has 4% of your daily need, but you need to include the yolk.

There are also vitamin D supplements widely available. Make sure to consult with your doctor is see if you are getting the proper amount of vitamin D.

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