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Vitamin D Foods

vitamin dThere has been so much talk about vitamin D! Most doctors test for it and report that 90% of their patients are deficient. But why is it so important? Well, vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, depression and obesity to name a few. It’s also crucial for calcium absorption, without it your calcium supplements are useless! There are a lot of products that are fortified with vitamin D, but below is a list of natural foods containing vitamin D.

  1. Sunlight: It’s the best way to get vitamin D! Your body produces vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Since it’s summer, get outside for at least 30 minutes a day without sunscreen. Only you know your skin and how easily you burn but even weak sunscreen (SPF 8) block your body’s ability to produce vitamin D by 95%.
  2. Cold Water Fatty Fish: like salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc. Make sure they are naturally raised.
  3. Cod Liver Oil: I know this does not sound tempting at all, but you can get supplements or better yet get in the sun and skip this one!
  4. Whole eggs: Vitamin D is in the yolks, so if you just eat the egg whites you’re missing out. Make sure to get organic free-range eggs.
  5. Whole milk: not many of us drink whole milk anymore but vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it cannot be dissolved and used by the body without fat being present.

Kerri Pagliarini-Dorman is a certified Holistic Health Coach living in NYC. She works with women all over the country to balance their hormones and improve their health by making diet and lifestyle changes. To learn more about her work, please visit

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