HEALTH WATCH: Vitamin D

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - With winter right around the corner and sunlight fading, it's time to start looking at ways to boost our Vitamin D intake.
Rhiannon Walker has more in this week's Health Watch.

We spent the summer soaking up the sun, but now that it's getting cooler, we need to find other ways to get our daily dose of Vitamin D.
Manager of Sunshine Health Foods, Brian Reagin, talked about why Vitamin D is necessary for our bodies.
Brian Reagin; Manager, Sunshine Health Foods>>"Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the body for activating the T-cells. The T-cells are our immune defense system, but without the Vitamin D they remain dormant, or naïve to pathogens such as clumps of bacteria or viruses that come on to the body. And so what the Vitamin D does is it literally awakens or alerts the T-cells and puts them into attack mode. So your immune system is then able to recognize the onslaught of negative pathogens coming into the body."
But what other ways are there to get an adequate boost of Vitamin D?
Brian Reagin; Manager, Sunshine Health Foods>>"Good supplements for Vitamin D are of course sunshine which is fast and fading, salmon, cod liver oil, and egg yolks are excellent sources of Vitamin D."
Reagin went on to talk about how our bodies need Magnesium and K2, to help absorb the maximum amount of Vitamin D, and mentioned some ways to get these boosters.
Brian Reagin; Manager, Sunshine Health Foods>>"Best sources for Magnesium and K2 are dark, raw, leafy green vegetables; spinach, kale, broccoli. Anything that has large amounts of chlorophyll in it, preferably uncooked."
For this week's Health Watch, I'm Rhiannon Walker