It's easy to forget, but walking is a critical part of living a healthy, active lifestyle. By completing a certain number of steps every day, you can make noticeable improvements to your physical and mental health.
Vitamin D is important for maintaining strong bones and a healthy immune system. Some studies suggest it may also help reduce diseases like diabetes and cancer, though more research is needed.
Vitamin D sources include:
600 IU of vitamin D is recommended for most adults and some studies suggest getting 1000 IU or more may have benefits.
It can be hard to get enough vitamin D through diet alone. Eating a tuna sandwich, egg, and cup of milk only provides about half the daily amount. Read food labels (hint: a daily value of 20% or more is an excellent source) or take a supplement to meet your needs during the winter.
Boost your vitamin D intake with these three recipes:
This article originally appeared on MGHBeFit.com, an employee wellness program sponsored by MGH Nutrition and Food Services.
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