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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bonura

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Did you know that you can get Vitamin D in a variety of ways? You can get Vitamin D through your diet, by consuming foods that are high in Vitamin D. These include fresh fish, fortified milk and orange juice, fortified tofu and cereal, and more. You can also take a Vitamin D supplement to ensure that you are receiving your minimum daily requirement.

There is one more way to get Vitamin D, and that is through exposure to the sun. Now that the summer months are here, exposing your arms and legs to the sun for 15-30 minutes between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm twice a week without using sunscreen is another way to absorb an adequate amount of Vitamin D. Of course, too much exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays can damage your skin and could lead to skin cancer. Therefore you should avoid being in direct sunlight for longer periods than this, and always use sunscreen if your exposure will exceed this recommendation.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which is vital for building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis. So take advantage of the warm weather and go outside for your dose of Vitamin D.

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