Did you know that many of us come out of winter with a slight Vitamin D deficiency?
It's true! And it's only April — so the weather might not be all sunshine and blue skies yet.
Despite its name, Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin. Our bodies need it to function at their best. It increases bone health and even helps out the nervous system. As of 2010, the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D is 600 IU for healthy adults, children, and pregnant or nursing women (source).
Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to high blood pressure and even cancer. When I recently found myself deficient, I decided to increase my daily uptake naturally through food and sun — instead of synthetic vitamins.
If you'd like to join me, here are 8 ways to get more Vitamin D naturally!
8 Natural Ways To Get More Vitamin D
These are a collection of easy ways to up your Vitamin D intake. Pick a few that look doable to you — and incorporate them into your daily routine!
#1 — Sunshine
This is a no-brainer, but not always easy for those of us living dark, cold, cloudy places. 😉 Aim for 15 to 30 minutes of natural sunlight per day.
#2 — Mushrooms
#3 — Wild-Caught Fatty Fish
#4 — Tallow
Ever heard of tallow before? It's the fat rendered from cows, sheep, or goats.
So next time you buy a quarter, half, or whole cow, ask for suet and render your own tallow (learn how here!). And keep in mind that grass-fed cows contain higher levels of Vitamin D than their conventional counterparts.
Use the tallow to fry up your morning's eggs and enjoy a nice boost!
#5 — Beef Liver
Liver from grass-fed cows has high levels of natural Vitamin D.
Do you have trouble eating liver? You can dehydrate and encapsulate it yourself, or check out our 7 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Liver Today + How To Eat It Without Gagging for more ideas.
#6 — Eggs
Eggs from pastured, free-range hens who ate bugs contain a small amount of Vitamin.
If you scramble 2 eggs in tallow and throw in a handful of diced button mushrooms, you'll be close to reaching your daily dose of Vitamin D!
#7 — Butter
Do I really need to coax you to eat butter? 😉 Put it on everything! And remember, butter from grass-fed cows has significantly higher levels of vitamin D than butter from their conventional counterparts.
#8 — Cod Liver Oil
Last but not least, you can supplement with cod liver oil to boost your Vitamin D level. We recommend taking cod liver oil with butter oil alongside, or blended with, so you can maximize the benefits of each.
What are your favorite natural ways to get more Vitamin D?
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