Vitamin D

This is another very important vitamin that everyone should be mindful of. Sunshine is a great natural form of Vitamin D, and even fair-skinned people should try to get a few minutes of sunshine a day on bare skin.  There is no need to risk skin cancer—just a few minutes of mild sun on your arms or hands is a helpful way to obtain a natural  source of Vitamin D.  If you are very fair-skinned then you can do so when the sun is mild, such as in the mornings and late afternoons. Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a worldwide concern, therefore you may also choose to consume a dietary supplement, especially if you are someone who is suffering from low Vitamin D levels.  The vegan source of dietary Vitamin D is D2 (ergocalciferol), usually synthetic or manufactured from yeast.  It can be obtained in a tablet form, or found in supplemented foods such as some soy milks.   Most Vitamin D3 is NOT vegan. However you can find some vegan Vitamin D3 these days, just google it.  If you are curious about your own Vitamin D level, you can schedule a 25(OH)D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) blood test.

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