Each new year we welcome resolutions, both for ourselves and for our families. These often include introducing good habits, such as hitting the gym and choosing health foods. Though these are great goals, we want challenge you to more of a unique, fun task: incorporating more calcium and vitamin D into your diet.
You may be wondering why these two nutrients are especially important. Well, many people are at risk for vitamin D deficiency since most time is spent indoors during these chilly months. Did you know that very few foods naturally contain Vitamin D? Studies show that one of best ways to make sure we’re getting enough Vitamin D is through sunlight. It doesn’t take much skin exposure, even if you’re bundled up, a little sunshine on your cheeks will do the trick! Now, where does calcium come in? Once vitamin D is in its active form, it promotes calcium absorption, which strengthens our bones. Therefor, when you’re eating “snow ice-cream” this season, the calcium is much better absorbed after spending about 15-20 minutes shoveling the driveway or taking the dog for a brisk walk outside.
So, your challenge this next few cold months will be to bundle up and get outdoors this month… your bones will thank you!
Source: NIH – National Institute of Health.