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:
- Oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
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!