February 19, 2018
You've probably heard about the benefits of Vitamin D, also known as "the sunshine vitamin" — it helps fight disease, depression, and can even help with weight loss and bone health. But according to a 2016 study by the CDC, nearly 1 out of every 5 people suffers from Vitamin D deficiency.
Since your body naturally produces Vitamin D when it's exposed to sunlight. When it's bright and sunny, our bodies are actually pretty efficient. "10 minutes a day of exposure to 10 percent of your body’s surface area, such as your arms and face, will give you what you need,” says Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes, a researcher at the Bone Metabolism Lab at the USDA Nutrition Center.
Of course, many people produce less Vitamin D during the winter season, because they spend less time outdoors, and because they have fewer hours of daylight to work with, for starters.
To increase the amount of Vitamin D in your body during the winter, consider a few of these options:
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