Getting sufficient vitamin D

Deficiency can lead to a host of health issues

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to some unpleasant side effects: muscle weakness and bone pain, for example. The vitamin is crucial to bone health, but studies suggest it also reduces the risk of many health problems, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. And while strict vegans and vegetarians are at risk of being deficient in Vitamin D, so is anyone who regularly eats fast food. Recommendations for getting sufficient doses of vitamin D include spending 10 to 15 minutes in direct sunlight each day. Many foods, such as milk and yogurt are fortified with vitamin D, but it’s also found naturally in salmon (and some other fish species), eggs and mushrooms.