Vitamin D plays a vital role in the body’s calcium absorption and has been linked to lowering blood pressure and the risk of getting certain cancers. One can get their weekly fix by enjoying the sun five to fifteen minutes several times a week, but in winter months it’s not easy catching rays. A recent study from the University of Buffalo shows that people living in the Northeast risk being deficient in Vitamin D during the chilly parts of the year.
A sample of those living in Buffalo, NY showed that 50 percent of individuals receive insufficient amounts of Vitamin and 25 percent could be considered deficient. Lack of Vitamin D has resulted in bone deformities and fractures, weakened immune systems, and increased risk of Type II Diabetes and some cancers. Researchers believe the deficiencies seen in Northeasterners come from people’s tendency to stay covered up and in doors when temps drop.
To counteract lack of sun experts recommend taking Vitamin D nutritionally. Wild Salmon, for example, is an excellent source of the vitamin, along with Cod Liver Oil.
Takeaway Tip: If the weather allows, try taking a brisk walk around the block for a few minutes to get the sunshine vitamin naturally. As a precaution, also include foods that have been enriched with Vitamin D to your daily menu.