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Life's Too Short... so make the most of it! Try something new, eat something healthy, grow something beautiful, hug someone you love, move around a lot, and be kind to yourself. Melanie Cole brings you the best tips from lifestyle and fitness experts, including guests from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Encore Episode: Vitamin D: Sunshine & Supplement Sustenance

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Learn how to get your vitamin D requirements if you don't soak up the sun daily.
Air Date: 8/29/17
Duration: 13:34
Guest Bio: John P. Higgins, MD
Dr. John HigginsJohn P. Higgins, MD, MBA (Hons), MPHIL, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FACSM, FASNC, FSGC, is a sports cardiologist for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the Harris Health System.

His research interests include the effects of energy beverages on the body, and screening for underlying cardiovascular abnormalities in 12-year-olds (sixth graders), and steroid effects on the cardiovascular system.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that can be found in fatty foods like fish. We can also generate it in our bodies if we’re exposed to sunlight.

This vitamin is essential for the body’s absorption of calcium, magnesium, phosphate, iron and zinc. It helps your bones stay strong, improves red blood cell count and reduces risk for heart disease.

Fifteen minutes of sunlight per day should help you reach the recommended amount of vitamin D. Most people need about 400 IU per day. If you don’t get enough sun exposure or vitamin D in your diet, a supplement may be your best option.

Listen as Dr. John Higgins joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to get more vitamin D into your diet.

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