As we slowly start to shift into our schedules pre-quarantine, it may seem like we’ve completely overstepped Spring! Haven’t had time to notice the sun has been peaking out little by little? While every day is that much closer to summer, which means the sun will be shining in full force. Time to get outside and get Vitamin D! Whether you’ve had a hard time motivating yourself to get outside during quarantine (we’ve all been there), we have tips and tricks to successfully get your intake of vitamin D!
Vitamin D helps the body out in many ways, most importantly prevents osteoporosis- the process of bone deterioration. It also helps manage blood sugar levels, regulates hormone regulation, boosts the immune system, protects against cancer, helps with concentration learning and memory, and improves heart health. Definitely all reasons why Vitamin D needs to be in your life!
Sun- Vitamin D is often overlooked between the months of November- March, for those living above the 37th parallel (the 37 degree latitude). Luckily since we are past Winter and well on our way into Summer, the sun is out and we are able to soak in as much sun as we can! Sun is definitely the best means of vitamin D intake and unlike the sources below, promote skin synthesis. Remember always use SPF, SPF 15 for day to day activities and SPF 50 for outdoor activities!
Fish- Warmer days call for putting the grill to use! Get your grill out and get to cooking fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna. Fish is a great source of vitamin D, plus it’s tasty too!Not into grilling? No worries, sardines, caviar, and cod liver oil are also sources of vitamin D.
Eggs- A staple item to any kitchen, eggs are an excellent source of vitamin D. They also are loaded with of other Vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and vitamin B6. Not too shabby for something so simple and delicious. If you want to load more Vitamin D into your eggs, try making an omelet with mushrooms and Swiss cheese such as gruyere.
Try one or all! Step outside, grill some fish, and have an omelet while you’re at it. Soak up all the vitamin D you can this summer!