We know that Vitamin D builds stronger bones by helping our bodies absorb calcium. But recent research suggests it may have other benefits too, such as protecting against colds and fighting depression. Research is also suggesting that it may lower our risk of breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancer.
Three Ways to Get Your Vitamin D
The sun is less likely to provide your daily needs at higher latitudes, in the winter, or if you're older or dark skinned (skin pigment blocks light and the process is less efficient with age).
During the winter months, when natural sunlight is reduced, light therapy has been proven to improve mood from the ‘winter blues’ and boost Vitamin D.
Getting Vitamin D Through Food and Supplements
Food sources of vitamin D include fortified foods such as cow’s milk, some orange juices, and soy or rice beverages. Margarine and fish, such as salmon and tuna, are also good sources of vitamin D.
It’s very hard to get enough vitamin D simply from what we eat. With supplements, you ensure that you get what you need without short-changing your other nutritional requirements or exceeding your caloric intake. Adults can safely take between 1,000 and 2,000 IUs a day (from food and supplements combined).
If you are a patient of the Temagami Family Health Team, call us at (705) 569-3244 to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider or with our registered dietitian to see if you could benefit from a daily vitamin D supplement. We also have a light therapy box that our patients are welcome to come in and use free of charge (call the office to reserve your time).
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