As a Texan, there’s almost a sense of pride in the way that we can take in the sun. Last summer we had MONTHS of straight triple-digit weather, and we still managed to go outside and soak up that sun. So, for the Texans, I apologize for this infographic. You probably have plenty of Vitamin D, don’t even worry; but for all of you that reside a bit further north of the equator, it may be a different story.
Basically, humans need Vitamin D. It promotes bone health (a major issue for the elderly and children) and could be a factor in keeping cardiovascular disease and some cancers at bay. Sunlight is where we get most of our Vitamin D. For those living above the 42 north line though, from November through February there is not enough UVB sunlight to make vitamin D in the skin. Therefore there needs to be another way to get your daily dose of Vitamin D! You can get it from food (cod liver oil, margarine, egg yolk, fish and beef liver), or vitamin supplements. So next time you feel like you’ve been inside for far too long, eat some of these things or go out and have some fun in the sun!