Before you rush to the store or add the supplements to your online checkout cart to combat COVID-19, it's important to know if you are vitamin D deficient.
Although vitamin D is called a vitamin, it's actually more of a hormone. When ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike your skin, the rays trigger vitamin D synthesis. You can build up your vitamin D levels through certain foods and supplements.
Nutritionists say sticking to a healthy diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods can help.
"A healthy diet means eating food that is as close to its natural form is possible," says Tamara Ward, a specialist in oncology nutrition at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. "I don't say just eat real food. Because to a lot of folks, a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese is real because you can touch it, but it is highly processed. That little packet of flavoring isn't real food."
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Featured photo of Tamara Ward by Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand