This month, anyone who lives North of Atlanta is sunshine starved and, therefore, Vitamin D deficient. So unless you have plans to fly south soon, you had better have a backup plan.
Milk (and some brands of milk products, like yogurt) are Vitamin D fortified. But, the amounts aren’t high enough to ensure you’re topped up to a protective level to prevent osteoporosis, cancer and, studies are showing, many other chronic illnesses.
Vitamin D has been shown to prevent colds and flu along with Vitamin C and Zinc. But Vitamin D is harder to come by when the sun sets in October. Our bodies store D in our livers and use it up during the darkness – but by December or January, we run out.
Here are some good sources of Vitamin D enriched foods that you can try to add:
- Cod liver oil
- Greek caviar dip taramasalata
Get as much as you can from your plate and glass, but remember that Vitamin D is one of those nutrients you may want to consider supplementing. (Or flying south to get!)
About the Author:
Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Consultant and private nutritionist in Toronto. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com