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Know Your A, B, C's: Vitamin D

Know Your A, B, C's: Vitamin D

There are so many vitamins out there it is hard to keep track of what does what.

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is used by the body in the absorption of calcium. It also helps to maintain proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. After exposure to the sun (ultraviolet-B), your body produces Vitamin D. Most people can get all their Vitamin D from the sun but you can also get it from foods. Vitamin D is found in foods like dairy, fish, fortified cereals, egg yolk and dark leafy vegetables. A deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to Osteoporosis, so if you are not getting enough through the sun and foods, you may want to supplement. The recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D is 5–10 mcg or 200–400 units.

*1 cup of Vitamin D Milk has 25% of most people's daily value of Vitamin D.

Hey, at least now you know why your parents always made you finish your milk

Fit's Tip: 5-10 minutes of sun, 3 times a week, is all the time your body needs to produce the required amount of Vitamin D. You shouldn't go out and get a sunburn, but how about sitting outside somewhere on a park bench? That way you can get your Vitamin D and people watch.

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