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In our last post, we touched on the importance of vitamin D, which is required for the millions of cells in your body to function at an optimal level.

Affectionately referred to as the sunshine vitamin because our bodies (amazingly) make it out of sunshine, vitamin D is a natural antidepressant, cancer fighter and heart protector – among many other benefits.

But now that you know you need it, you need to get it. So we’ve outlined a step-by-step vitamin D guide to help you get started:

Step 1: Get tested  

The test is called a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test. Optimal vitamin D levels vary from person to person so see a doctor to find out what your optimial vitamin D range is.

Step 2: It’s sunshine time

Spending 20 to 60 minutes in the sun (depending on where you live and your skin type) is a great way to get a vitamin D boost. Just make sure you apply sunblock and don’t fall asleep, because sunburn is not what you’re aiming for.

Step 3: Eat the sunshine  

The best food sources of vitamin D are:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Raw grass-fed milk
  • Organic eggs
  • Mushrooms

Step 4: Synergy is key  

Boosting your levels of vitamin A, E and K2, which are important in their own right, will help balance out the vitamin D levels in your body and help your body absorb it better. Try to fill your plate with foods that are rich in these fat-soluble vitamins, and check out this article to learn more.

Step 5: Supplement the sunshine  

It can be tricky to get enough vitamin D purely through sunlight and food, which is why a product of natural origin like Releaf Calcium Complex with Vitamin D can help ensure you get your daily D.

As well as the sunshine vitamin, Releaf Calcium Complex with Vitamin D contains calcium, a mineral that’s important for strong and healthy bones, teeth, muscles, and other tissues. Supplementing calcium becomes even more important as we get older because the concentration of calcium in our bodies declines with age.

Lastly, try to have your vitamin D levels tested regularly (every two to three months) to see how you’re doing and monitor that your levels don’t get too high, as there is such a thing too much of a good vitamin!

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