As the season changes and the air get colder, something else is happening: we are moving further away from the sun. The sun not only provides warmth, but it also provides the essential vitamin D. Often called the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is not only essential to healthy teeth and bones, but it can help defend your body from the development of cancer and Type 1 Diabetes. Unfortunately, the sun is not close enough or strong enough to provide an adequate amount of vitamin D from Fall to Spring. Because PLVSH cares about the woman in the clothing, in this health feature we list five food items that will help you make up for the absence of those ever important UV rays.
Vitamin D Rich Foods To Keep In Your Fridge
- Egg Yolks – At 41 IUs(International Units) per egg, egg yolks are a fantastic source of vitamin D. It is also a great way to start your morning with breakfast. Eggs can be boiled, scrambled, poached and even blended up into a breakfast smoothie.
- Milk – Whether it is whole milk, reduced-fat or fat-free, milk will give you 100 IUs of vitamin D per 8 ounces. You can drink milk straight, with cereal. Does your diet not allow for traditional milk? Luckily, Almond milk will give you the exact same amount of IUs that a glass of traditional milk would!
- Wild Salmon – In a study by Boston University, Wild Salmon was found to have as much as 988 IUs of vitamin D. Much higher than farmed salmon at 245 IUs. Luckily, Salmon is both versatile and delicious. Salmon is suitable for all meals of the day. It can be served at several temperatures, and goes with nearly any vegetable!
- Fortified Tofu – If meat is not apart of your diet, fear not! Many brands of Tofu have been fortified with vitamin D. So you can be conscious of your diet and still get your daily vitamin intake. Tofu can give you 80 IUs per 3 ounces.
- Shiitake Mushrooms – If you were thinking about trying out some new recipes this winter. Be sure to find a few that include shiitake mushrooms! These mushrooms get their vitamin D naturally from growing in the sun. In fact, by placing your shiitake mushrooms in direct sunlight, you can actually increase their IUs dramatically!
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