What is vitamin D and how do we get it?

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The body needs Vitamin D to help absorb calcium and phosphates. These are substances that help keep the bones healthy and strong. It is somewhat unusual in that we obtain it from two difference sources: sunlight, and diet. For most of us just making more of an effort to get outdoors should be enough. Remember, aim for small and frequent bursts of sun exposure rather than long sessions, as these could damage your skin. Eating a healthy balanced diet should be sufficient to top up the remaining 10% or so that experts believe we need through our diet. Dietary sources of vitamin D include oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, eggs, fortified fat spreads, fortified breakfast cereals and milk.

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