Bodies need vitamin D to keep bones strong and sunlight is a great source. That’s not great news when the weather turns cooler and then sun goes into hiding for days at a time. But don’t fear – you can get enough vitamin D in the winter, says Beth Mueth, a Baptist Health Paducah dietitian.
For the body to produce sufficient vitamin D, it’s been estimated that all you need is a minimum of five to 10 minutes of fun exposure, two to three times a week. The body’s supply does get depleted, so you have to keep replenishing your stores. Older adults are especially at high risk to be vitamin D-deficient; aging bodies are not as efficient in producing it.
Some foods are also good sources of vitamin D, such as:
- Fortified milk
- Fortified cereal
- Fatty fish like salmon, sardines and tuna
You can also take a vitamin D supplement as well.