Vitamin D isn’t called the “sunshine vitamin” for nothing — symptoms of deficiency can include unexplained fatigue, loss of focus, sleep disorders, weakness and even depression. But don’t worry if you haven’t been taking your multivitamins religiously — you can get plenty of vitamin D from food and even exposure to the sun. Here are a few ways to beat vitamin D deficiency:
A little light spurs the body to make vitamin D, but use caution: only about 20 or 25 minutes in the sunlight is helpful. Be mindful of prolonged sun exposure and make sure to use sunscreen if you’ll be out for any longer.
Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, tuna and eel are all rich in vitamin D, along with mushrooms, fortified milks, orange juice and cereals, and egg yolks.