Vitamin D is an essential vitamin and an important part of everyone’s diet. Getting a good amount of vitamin D in the early stages of life can help prevent autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Most importantly, Vitamin D increases calcium metabolism and reduces risk of current infections. Sometime this can be tricky because the main source of our vitamin D comes from food and the sun. Proper diets have a huge influence in determining our levels of this crucial vitamin.
It is vital that a baby consume enough vitamin D during the first year of life. This is particularly hard to do because breast milk and baby food may contain very little amounts of vitamin D. However, “new research has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may be a possible way to improve their babies’ vitamin D status”.
 University of Otago. “Increasing nursing mothers’ vitamin D levels may benefit babies.” Science Daily. Science Daily, 30 August 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160830101350.htm>.
Fruits and vegetables are extremely important to maintaining a healthy diet. However, many of us never get the necessary amount of fruits and vegetables everyday because we choose to fill our diets with bad carbs from fast food chains. Yet, there are simple ways we can increase our intake of fruits and vegetables.
Skip the chips and snack on something healthier. Instead of buying unhealthy snacks like potato chips and cookies, try eating some fruits and vegetables in between meals. I like to buy things like carrots that are a little harder and more solid of a snack, as they remind me more of a cookie or chip.
Add to the meals you already make. Try adding some vegetables to a pasta, or mixing some fruits in with a salad. This can add nutritional value to many meals and if you find some good recipes, you can create some very flavorful dishes.
Have fruits for desert. Try having more fruit after meals than something like ice cream or cake. Something like strawberries with non-fat yogurt can be very delicious. Maybe even make a fruit smoothie. Just add some yogurt, ice, and then fruits of your choice. I personally enjoy blueberries and strawberries.