Vitamin D & Sunshine

Did you know that getting enough vitamin D – which comes from sun exposure and other sources – is crucial for bone health?

Along with calcium, vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for bone health and bone healing, says Joshua Hill, DPM, a podiatrist on the medical staff at Baptist Health. Keeping adequate levels of the vitamin is key to preventing osteopenia (reduced bone mass) and osteoporosis (brittle, fragile bones). It also helps with healing bone fractures.

So what’s a body to do in the fall?

If you can’t get adequate sun exposure, increase your consumption of foods that are naturally high in vitamin D or are supplemented with it, such as leafy greens vegetables, beans, milk, and nuts. Over-the-counter dietary supplements can also help.

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