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How Vitamin D Improves Calcium Absorption


Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Chapko
How Vitamin D Improves Calcium AbsorptionWe've all heard the wonders a glass of milk a day can do for our bones and teeth. A single 8-ounce glass of milk contains about 30% of our daily recommended value, but all that calcium is completely useless without another vitamin!

Vitamin D actually helps your body absorb calcium properly. Without it, the body doesn't really know what to do with calcium, and all of its benefits are lost.

The way calcium and vitamin D work together is simple. When you take vitamin D, the calcium in your stomach is more easily absorbed by your body and bones. This means that all that calcium in the milk you just drank doesn't go to waste. The more calcium you can effectively absorb, the more your bones and teeth will benefit!

Ways to Get More Vitamin D

When it comes to vitamins, you may think the best way to get them is by ingesting, however, this isn't the case with vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually produced as a reaction between the rays of the sun and your skin. It sounds strange, but a great way to get enough vitamin D every day is to simply go outside. While you're outside, you can even get some exercise or do other activities like gardening.

Another way to get vitamin D is to eat your veggies. Many vegetables are very high in vitamin D. The best way to know if a vegetable has a good amount of vitamin D in it is to look at its color. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, collard greens, and kale. All of these vegetables also have a little bit of calcium in them making them super effective!

If you're interested in getting more information about vitamin D and calcium, give us a call. We can tell you more about how they make for a stronger, healthier mouth!
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