In order to absorb calcium and promote bone growth, your body needs vitamin D. A lack of Vitamin D can result in soft bones in children and misshapen bones in adults. In a study of 600 female Navy recruits, those with Vitamin D levels less than 20ng/mL doubled their risk of a stress fracture. Based on this study, a Vitamin D level of 40 ng/mL is recommended, especially among people who enjoy high-impact activities.*
You can source Vitamin D naturally from fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and canned tuna. Sunlight, egg yolks, and fortified milks, juices and cereals can also help to boost your body’s Vitamin D levels.
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