With winter upon us, it’s even more important to get enough vitamin D every day. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to certain disease risks. Your body creates vitamin D when sunlight hits your skin, and only 10-20 minutes of exposure a day will give you all the vitamin D you need.
This is all well and good, but how can we go out in the sun to get our vitamin D when there’s no sun to be had?
No one wants to sit outside in the rain and wind with their skin exposed for 20 minutes a day, so over the winter months, vitamin D needs to come from other sources – foods and vitamin supplements.
Eating foods high in vitamin D will keep you feeling healthy and happy over winter. Unfortunately, there are only a few foods containing vitamin D:
Fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna
Egg yolks (small quantities)
Cheese (small quantities)
Some milk and dairy products are fortified with vitamin D.
Mushrooms, especially shiitake, morels and oyster
However, obtaining the recommended dosage of vitamin D from food alone can prove nearly impossible. That’s why it’s important to choose a vitamin supplement high in vitamin D to keep you healthy over winter. USANA’s Essentials range contains potent level of vitamin D your body needs.
Apart from getting plenty of vitamin D, there are other things you can do to stay healthy over winter:
Keep warm and dry. Your body uses a lot of energy trying to keep you warm – this decreases the efficiency of your immune system, leaving you susceptible to all kinds of bugs.
Ensure your home is adequately heated, either by installing insulation or a heat pump, turning on the heater, or making a fire. Always carry a jumper or rain jacket if you leave the house – you never know when you might need it.
Get plenty of exercise: The wet weather is no excuse for not exercising – go to your local indoor swimming pool, join a gym, or pop on an aerobics DVD.