You need Vitamin D for bone health. It can also boost your overall wellness, staving off colds and helpting to fight depression. Doctors estimate that adults need at least 1,500-2,000 International Units of vitamin D each day. Here are four ways you can up your intake and do your body good.
- Eat foods like tuna, salmon, beef liver, cheese, egg yolks. Vitamin D fortified foods including dairy products, orange juice, soy milk and some cereals are good choices as well. Try the grilled salmon at Mussel Bar. Your bones—and your tastebuds—will thank you.
- A small amount of sun can be good for you. Skip the sunscreen and expose your skin to some full-on sunshine for about 20 minutes. Perhaps while you sit outside and sip an espresso at Le Pain Quotidien?
- Talk to your doctor about a vitamin D supplement. It can be more helpful for some than UV rays. If your doctor agrees, you can find what you need at the Giant in Bethesda Row.
- Um, cod liver oil. Don’t go ewww just yet. The vitamin-D rich fatty fish oil comes flavored with mint or citrus and can also be taken as a capsule. CVS carries it in soft-gel form.