Soak up the sun while downing some dairy for a dose of vitamin D. The nutrient is key for healthy bone growth, and proper immune, nerve, and muscle function. But here’s the kicker: Most Americans are vitamin D deficient, which can lead to serious health risks, such as osteoperosis, heart disease, and high blood pressure.1
So what’s the best way to avoid these problems and get enough D?
Far From The D-List: The Need-to-Know
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that the body needs for calcium absorption, cell growth, immune system function, and inflammation reduction. The major function of this important vitamin is to maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. Without enough vitamin D, bones can’t properly develop, leading to diseases like osteoporosis and rickets.
Vitamin D comes from three sources: sunlight, food, and supplements. The key to getting enough is finding a good mix of all three sources—it’s impossible to efficiently get enough from just one source. So how much is enough? The National Institute of Health recommends that adults between 19 and 50 years of age get 15 mcg (or 600 IUs) of vitamin D per day. That’s equal to about one vitamin D-fortified six-ounce yogurt (80 IUs), two large eggs…