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We’re not yet out of the woods. The spikey Enemy No. 1 Covid-19 (and its siblings) is still with us, and claiming victims.

We can fight the virus by following the health protocol set by the Department of Health, consuming a healthy diet, and getting vaccinated (if you have health issues, see your doctor for some advice to ease your fears).

Eating well is good advice. Vitamin D is a good tool to use in helping the body. According to Earl Mindell’s New Vitamin Bible, Vit D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus in keeping bones and teeth in tiptop condition. It also jacks up the immunity system, among other benefits.

For more information, there are reliable online links on the benefits of Vit D that you can search, like nhs.uk, healthline.com, webmed, and health.harvard.edu.

Aside from popping a pill, there are good sources for this vitamin.

SUN AND D. Sunlight itself is not Vitamin D, but a catalyst. Actually, according to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, “during exposure to sunlight, 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin absorbs UV B radiation and is converted to previtamin D3 which isomerizes into vitamin D3.”

EAT D. Aside from sunlight, good sources of Vitamin D include liver (especially beef liver), fish liver oil, dairy products, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines or tuloy or tamban), soy milk, oatmeal, egg yolks, red meat and mushrooms. Include alugbati, spinach, okra, soybeans and white beans in your diet. Bananas help activate Vitamin D in your body.

USE IT
. Make banana smoothies to jump-start your day. Thinly slice beef liver and pan fry it with white onions, garlic, lemon juice, oyster sauce and broccoli, a rich source of calcium. Make an omelette mixed with spinach and mushroom. You can have D and eat it too!


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