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Vitamin D - a reason to exercise outdoors

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Why do we need vitamin D?
Vitamin D is important for maintaining our bones. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium. Cavities are a sign of lack of vitamin D or calcium.

Where can we get vitamin D?
Milk is a good source of calcium, and most milk is fortified with vitamin D. Some calcium supplements come with vitamin D, too. If we exercise outside regularly , we make vitamin D from sunshine.

At my last dental checkup, I discovered that I had lost some bone in my mouth. This surprised me, but then I realized that I stopped drinking milk while on the Furhman diet, and I did not get outdoors much when I was working long hours on my courses.

So, I am resolving to get outside at least 20 minutes per day, as often as I can and drink enough milk to get the recommended daily amount (3 glasses per day for me).
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    One thing I love about where I live - 300 plus days on sunshine a year. Lots of vitamin D!
    1838 days ago
    Excellent information. Thanks!
    1838 days ago
    I did not know that cavities were related to lack of Vitamin D. I take calcium with vitamin D every day. I think I will go get a glass of milk! emoticon
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    1839 days ago
    I found out I had a serious Vit D deficiency, even though I loved to be outdoors. A prescription dose brought it up and now I take an OTC supplement. I notice a change almost immediately in that my brain no longer felt "foggy". Definitely ask your doctor for a Vit D check if you are in doubt!
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    1839 days ago
    I get a walk in every day.
    I suffer from S.A.D. and have found it helps that immensely.
    And I am a sun worshipper extraordinair LOL
    1839 days ago
    I live in Washington State where the sun is not out very often in the winter. But i have noticed that running outside at least 3 time a week and walking out there the other 4 for at least 20 miutes like you said is very helpfull!

    I suck up any Vitamin D that isout there and it feels good. I have also thought about getting a happy light... emoticon
    1839 days ago
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