Vitamin D3

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In recent years, vitamin D has gained a reputation for being a miracle nutrient of sorts boasting benefits from improving physical and mental well being. But as more research emerges, just how vast the vitamin’s value is has become the subject of scientific debate.

Vitamin D is a type of hormone; it helps the body absorb calcium from food and plays a role in keeping bones dense. It’s hard to get from food sources alone, but most people can synthesize it in their skin when exposed to UVB light, which is present in sunlight.

Vitamin D rich foods include:

Fish

Cheese

soy milk

eggs

mushrooms

just to name a few.

 

Sunlight is the best source Vitamin D. Since the sweltering heat makes us run away from sun exposure, doctors usually prescribe Vitamin D supplements to cure its deficiency. But you should know that there are quite a few natural sources that can help boost your Vitamin D levels.

 

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Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

When your pantry is full of staples, you’ll find you won’t need to run to the store in the middle of cooking dinner to get a bottle of soy sauce. Plus it makes it easier to improvise a dinner on the fly when you don’t already have something planned. Ingredients like pasta, canned beans and canned fish can be the basis of spur-of-the-moment meals.

Eat What You Love

Eating well is not about deprivation—it’s about that good feeling you get when you eat something that is flavorful, wholesome and satisfying. No food should be off limits. Studies show that depriving yourself of the foods you love, especially in the name of dieting, may cause you to overeat later. Embrace a delicious and healthy way of eating that you can sustain for your whole life. When you bake, limit added sugars. (Added sugars of any kind—whether it’s corn syrup, white sugar, maple syrup or agave—all add calories and don’t offer any nutritional value.) Savor desserts so you really enjoy it without feeling guilty. Bottom line is that maintaining a healthy weight comes down to balancing the amount of calories you eat with the amount you expend during the day.
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