Like your mother always said: Don’t forget your vitamins. And vitamin D is one you definitely shouldn’t ignore. This essential helps regulate calcium so your bones stay healthy, and aids in muscle and immune system function, as well as hormone synthesis, explains Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RD, CSSD.
The easiest way to stock up on vitamin D, is to get some sun. “Our skin contains the inactive form that when combined with UVB rays from the sun can then be converted by the liver and kidneys to the active form of vitamin D,” says Pritchett. But what if it’s, umm, the dead of winter? All you have to do is add it to your diet. Here are the dietitian-recommended foods to give you the 600 IU (international units) of vitamin D that you need daily to keep your bones strong.