By Elise Klopfenstein, RD, LD, CDE
Ever wonder why you feel more energized after a week or even a few days in the spring sunshine? Could it be that it’s related to the body’s conversion of sunshine to vitamin? Yes! Vitamin D is a natural remedy to fatigue and overall tiredness.
Vitamin D – is called the “sunshine vitamin” because the body naturally makes it when the skin is exposed to strong sun rays. It helps the body maintain optimum energy levels, strong bones, cardiac and brain function.
Do you ever forget where you put those car keys? How about your purse or cell phone? Low levels of Vitamin D can worsen mental function and memory. Uh oh, did I forget to send that birthday card?
Vitamin D deficiency has become a common problem for many people. A deficiency means a low level of vitamin D in your body. A blood test is necessary to check your level. And, the best time to test is now, as the long winter draws to a close.
While sun exposure is a natural way for the body to get vitamin D, eating certain foods can also help.
- Eggs—1 egg will provide 21% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D.
- Catfish—because it feeds on organisms that use sunlight to produce Vitamin D.
- Sockeye Salmon—3oz. of this fish will supply about 90% of your Vitamin D for the day.
- Cod Liver Oil—if you can stand the taste, 1 tsp will provide 113% of the daily required Vitamin D.
For more information, contact Elise Klopfenstein, HCHC Dietitian, at 319-385-6143.