#WellnessWednesday: Hello Sunshine

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Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin”.  It helps develop healthy bones and teeth and supports immune, muscle, and nervous systems.  It may also help reduce your cancer risk.  Emerging research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Do you know if you are vitamin D deficient?  If so, your doctor may suggest supplements. Adults between 19-70 years should have 600 IU per day.  71 years and older should have 800 IU per day.  Vitamin D deficiency is much higher in non-Hispanic blacks–31% compared to 12% Mexican Americans and 3% Non-Hispanic Whites.

Need to boost vitamin D?

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Get some sun!  15 minutes, 3 times a week during peak hours makes a difference.  Be sure to use sunscreen.

Eating foods rich in vitamin D can help.  Here are just a few:

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Vitamin D Fortified Mushrooms are a good vegetarian/vegan option.

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Fatty fish like sockeye salmon is an easy way to boost your vitamin D.

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Milk is a natural source or vitamin D, but many milks are also fortified with vitamin D.

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It’s the yolks in particular that contain vitamin D.

Enjoy the sunshine!

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