Are you getting enough vitamin D?

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Description / Summary

There are many health benefits associated with vitamin D. It can contribute to stronger bones, help fight off respiratory infections and regulate insulin levels. However, getting a healthy, daily dose of vitamin D can be challenging.

Commonly referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D is created in your skin in response to direct sunlight. During the summer months, it may be easier to get your daily dose if you are spending more time outside. However, it is dependent on factors such as time of day, cloud cover, and the presence of smog in the air. In general, food is not a great source of vitamin D. However, small amounts can be found in some foods such as oily fish, and foods fortified with vitamin D including dairy products, breakfast cereal and orange juice. Many adults will turn to supplements to ensure they are getting enough each day.