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D is for Vitamin D - The ABC's of Good Nutrition

Posted Oct 10 2008 2:07pm

My quest to assure that my family and I have the best nutrition possible has led me to look into the importance of Vitamin D. Fifteen years ago my mother broke her foot walking in the mall. Nothing fell on her, she didn't kick anything, she was simply walking in the mall and her foot broke. In the years that followed she would break her ribs coughing and her pelvis when she bumped into a door. The diagnosis of osteoporosis didn't surprise us.

Now the treatment is much more complex and my mother's bone density has increased in the last few years. This is due to her commitment to following her doctor's orders and doing her nutrition research on increasing bone density with proper nutrition.

Vitamin D has many health implications. According to the Vitamin D Council ...
vitamin D deficiency is a major factor in the pathology of at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.
To assure you get enough vitamin D you can to these things.

  • Vitamin D-rich food
Eating a diet rich in vitamin D is easy and very tasty! Salmon, Shrim and Shitake mushrooms are just a few of the great ways to get Vitamin D. Milk is also normally fortified and has calcium to help build those strong bones.

  • Supplement with Vitamin D
Always talk to your doctor before starting a supplement to make sure it's right for you and that you are taking the best vitamin possible.

  • Safe Sun
Sun is probably the easiest way to get a daily dose of vitamin D. A quick walk in the park or a game of vollyball with your kids and that is taken care of. If it is overcast or if you are wearing sun block then you might absorb as much as you think. It's important not to let yourself burn while spending time in the sun.

While making sure you get enough vitamin D might not be as fun as eating chocolate, if your goal is lifelong fitness you should make sure you get enough of it.

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