Low levels of vitamin D have been found to lead to upper respiratory tract infections, weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and cancer.
Where to find Vitamin D during those winter months:
- Fatty Fish – salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel
- Dairy products
- Supplement – Cod Liver Oil
- Fortified Cereals *
- Caviar (Black and Red)
- Fortified Soy Products (Tofu and Soy Milk) *
- Fortified orange juice *
- Beef liver
Ultraviolet lamps and bulbs
- Egg yolks
When the sun does decides to shine, go out and catch some rays as the sun is a primary source of vitamin D which is produced when the body is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun. The production of vitamin D is most prevalent when sun exposure is at its highest, between 10 AM – 3 PM.
* Food fortification is the process of adding micronutrients (essential trace elements and vitamins)