Vitamin D supplements aren’t just for kids. There are some solid reasons to make sure that you’re getting enough vitamin D.
There’s more and more evidence that vitamin D supports immune health, and the majority of people don’t get enough of the sunshine vitamin. You can get your daily vitamin D fix from food, supplements, or from sun exposure without sunscreen.
There aren’t many dietary sources of vitamin D, and most of the foods that do contain vitamin D are animal products: fatty fish, beef liver, and cheese for example. Mushrooms are one of the only plant-based food sources for vitamin D. If you’ve vegetarian or vegan, you may have to work a bit harder to meet you requirements. Even if you do eat animal products, though, there’s a good chance you’re low on vitamin D.
The best way to find out whether you’re vitamin D deficient is to get a simple blood test at your next physical. Early signs of vitamin D deficiency are subtle, so you could be deficient without knowing it.