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The #1 Best Food to Eat for Vitamin D, Says Dietitian

There are many health benefits associated with Vitamin D. Not only is it an essential nutrient needed to keep your bones, teeth, and muscles strong and healthy, but it's also linked to immune support —which is particularly important during flu season. One of the most common ways to get this crucial vitamin for our bodies is by sitting in the sun. According to Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD , member of our medical expert board and author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook , spending 15 to 20 minutes in the sun, with a good amount of your skin exposed, is the best way to activate vitamin D. Especially during the strongest sun hours of the day, which are typically 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, remembering to consistently get the proper amount of sun for healthy Vitamin D production can often be forgotten. According to the Dietary Reference Intake , the average adult should get between 600 to 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D on a daily basis, depending on your age. "Becau