By Laura Nathan-Garner and Ashley Davis, MD Anderson Staff Writters
Am I getting enough vitamin D? That's the question a lot of people are asking these days.
Well, here's some good news. In most cases, the answer is yes.
But take note: the recommended amount of vitamin D recently increased. The Food and Nutrition Board now suggests that most adults adult get 600 IUs (international units) of vitamin D each day instead the previous 400 IUs per day.
Why do we need vitamin D? Well, it's the main building block for maintaining bone health. Without it, you can develop thin and brittle bones. Vitamin D also can boost your immune system to help fight off germs, bacteria and diseases, including certain cancers.
How can you make sure you're getting your recommended fill of this vital nutrient?
Although you probably think of sunshine when you think of vitamin D, sitting out in the sun to get your vitamin D could actually increase your risk of skin cancer. So, MD Anderson experts suggest playing it safe and getting your daily dose of vitamin D through the foods you eat.
Of course, it's only natural to want to enjoy the summer sun. So, before you head outdoors, be sure to soak up our sunscreen tips and advice on how to boost your summer walking routine. And, learn how to map your moles and spot changes that could be skin cancer.
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