how to improve vitamin D level

It’s estimated that 1 in 5 adults are low in vitamin D. In addition, 1 in 6 children are also low in vitamin D. Why is this important? According to a report by Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition (SACN), vitamin D is needed for healthy bones and strong teeth and also plays a role in numerous biochemical processes in the body. Also, vitamin D helps to regulate the cellular level in the body and assists with insulin secretion. There is growing evidence that the lack of vitamin D is linked to a number of diseases including musculoskeletal problems, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

So what are some ways to improve your vitamin D level? The best dietary sources of vitamin D include:

  1. Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
  2. Red meat
  3. Egg yolks
  4. Cheese

Another way to boost your levels is to obtain 10 to 15 minutes sun exposure to face, arms, hands or back, two or three times a week, without sunscreen.  You can also take a vitamin D supplement. If you choose to supplement then look for one with the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) stamp. This ensures they contain a useful level of vitamin D per pill with no contaminants.

We tend to live a much more indoor lifestyle than even our parents did. Now more than ever, getting vitamin D into our diets has become crucial for optimal health. However you choose to get your vitamin D, begin to make it a priority for yourself and your family!