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July 21, 2021
Kinetiq Health has started a new series called, Better Health in 90, to bring you health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.
In this Better Health in 90 video, Kinetiq Health Program Manager and Registered Dietitian Jacquie Vail discusses the importance of vitamin D beyond bone health and where to get the nutrient.
Read on for more information!
The Importance of Vitamin D
Over the years you may have heard about vitamin D’s role in bone health. But do you know it has also been shown to help our muscles, nerves and even immune systems?
Vitamin D plays a role in fighting off diseases, muscle formation and brain health.
We get vitamin D from three main sources, and it’s important to get a balance of each. These include the foods we eat, sunlight, and supplemental vitamin D (taking vitamin D in pill or gummy form).
There are actually very few foods – egg yolks, and fish such as salmon or tuna – that are naturally high in vitamin D. There are also some foods that are fortified with vitamin D, including cow’s milk and plant-based milks like almond or soy.
Our bodies produce some vitamin D on their own when our unprotected skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s important to note that this occurs with modest sun exposure, and you should limit your time outdoors without sunscreen due to the risk of skin cancer.
If you have limited exposure to the sun and you don’t eat many of the foods I’ve mentioned previously, you may consider using a vitamin D supplement. You may also need a supplement if you have certain health conditions including Crohn’s, Celiac, kidney, and liver disease, which may put you at risk for vitamin D deficiency.
If you’re concerned you may have a deficiency or if you’re considering taking a supplement, be sure to talk with your doctor first.
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