Ah, the hot topic wellness question of the era. Vitamin D is most famously known as the sunshine vitamin, but did you know that you can find it in foods and supplement form, too? Pull up a seat and let’s talk more about this essential vitamin and how it impacts your health.
It’s Vitamin D Day today and around here, we’ll find any reason to celebrate! I’m partnering with Swanson Vitamins to help spread awareness for this essential vitamin and join forces for a giveaway at the end of this post. Scroll to the bottom to enter!
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Vitamin D has attracted a lot of media attention in recent years because most of us don’t have enough of it. Did you know that between 75-90% of people in the United States are thought to have a vitamin D deficiency which can impact overall health and wellness?
This fat-soluble vitamin is most commonly linked to bone health. Recent studies are beginning to explore its relationship to a healthy immune system, cancer prevention, diabetes management and even a lower rate of depression.
Where can I find vitamin D other than through the sun?
Great question! Sunlight is the most efficient way to get vitamin D in your day, but there are two other main sources to choose from.
It can be hard to get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D through diet alone, but there are some food sources that stand out among the rest.
- Fortified foods such as dairy, orange juice, soy milk and some cereals
- Fatty fish such as wild salmon, sardines and mackerel
- Eggs, specifically the yolk
And… mushrooms! Did you know that mushrooms naturally produce vitamin D from sunlight just like humans? No wonder they are at the top of so many superfoods lists!
Some of my favorite ways to fit vitamin D-rich foods in my day is to:
- Make these Clean Green Veggie Egg Muffins on #mealprep day
- Assemble a simple salad topped with smoked wild salmon
- Make this Mushroom & Bok Choy Ramen Bowl with Ginger Mushroom Broth
If you think you might not be getting enough vitamin D in your day, supplements can help act as your “insurance policy.”
A daily vitamin D supplement, such as Swanson Vitamin’s High-Potency Vitamin D-3 supplement, can help take the guesswork out of the game if you think your levels are low or are at risk for vitamin D deficiency.
Find Out What Your Vitamin D Levels Are
To find out what your vitamin D levels are, you can use an in-home testing kit from the vitamin D council. Nothing like a test you can do in the comforts of your own home, am I right?
Finding out your specific vitamin D levels will help you make educated choices to guide your vitamin D consumption!
It’s giveaway time!
I’m partnering with Swanson Vitamins to giveaway (1) vitamin D testing kit and sample of Swanson’s vitamin D supplement. All you have to do is enter in the giveaway below! Winner will be announced Monday (11/6).
You can also use code FITLIVINGEATS to get 10% off your order and 15% off Swanson products, here!