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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Vitamin D has many health benefits including helping to fight off respiratory infections and regulating 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 cloud cover, time of day and smog. In general, food is not a great source of vitamin D, however, small amounts can be found in some foods such as oily fish, 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.

If you are concerned you may not be getting a healthy, daily dose of vitamin D, consult with your doctor. To learn more about the potential health benefits associated with the ‘sunshine vitamin’, read through our resources below.


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