Vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin, is extremely important for overall health, possibly contributing to healthy bones and teeth, a strong functioning immune system and playing a role in cancer prevention. I would consider that to be quite important, wouldn’t you? Additionally, a link between depression and vitamin D deficiency is currently being researched.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin - what our bodies make, we are able to store and use as needed. Vitamin D is not usually something that we have to worry about because our bodies can generally make enough from our exposure to sunlight. However, this is near impossible in the winter months and our vitamin D storage usually gets depleted. That is why it is essential to ensure we are consuming enough vitamin D rich foods and supplementing if needed, throughout the colder months. Check out the 6 foods below and try to incorporate at least 2 of them into your diet each day to ensure your vitamin D level is sufficient.
Any kind of mushroom including shiitake, Portobello, morel and button are excellent sources of vitamin D. Try mushrooms as a side with any dinner or even grated into a salad for lunch.
Eggs are delicious and nutritious. Egg yolks are one of the most nutrient dense foods that we can consume so it's no surprise that they are a strong source of vitamin D.
I have never been a big fish person but with the abundance of nutritional benefits I do my best to incorporate it into my diet at least once a week. Salmon is a great source of Omega-3, a heart-healthy fat, as well as vitamin D.
4. ALMOND MILK
Almond milk is usually found with added vitamin D and tastes great. It’s a great dairy alternative for people with an intolerance or allergy and is kid friendly. If you aren’t familiar with the taste, try the chocolate flavour…I think it’s even better than the dairy chocolate milk personally!
A delicious but expensive delicacy, caviar contains high levels of vitamin D as well as Omega-3 fats.
6. COD LIVER OIL
Usually taken as a supplement, cod liver oil is one of the best sources of vitamin D and Omega-3 fats. If you don’t fancy the foods that I have included, this option might be best for you. Check out your local health food store or see a certified nutritionist for more information and recommended amounts.
Whichever route you choose to take; it is essential to ensure you are getting enough vitamin D during the winter months and giving your body the tools it needs to be strong.