This was an interesting topic to research. Some studies suggested that there is a widespread problem with people who are vitamin D deficient, but other studies did not. So, how important is vitamin D? Well it does help with keeping your bones healthy, but again, don’t try to get it from fortified milk, since milk leaches this vitamin and calcium out of your bones. (Suggestion, take regular vitamin D fortified milk, place a bone in it, leave it there overnight, and see how malleable that bone is in the morning – hint – it’s rather bendy, to say the least.)
So, what to do? My suggestion is to eat a vitamin D rich diet by eating the foods that are high in vitamin D. These foods are: spinach, kale, okra, broccoli, collards, soy beans, white, navy and black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, mushrooms, almonds, various items made with soy including milk, yogurt, ice cream, tofu and tempeh, and fortified orange juice, rice, soy or almond milks. You should also make sure that you take vitamin D in pill form.
One of the best ways to get vitamin D is to go outside for 10 minutes without sunscreen on. That should also help, although keep that time short, as there is the issue of sun cancer.
It’s always preferable to receive your vitamins from your food. The choices above are all plant based, however there are other foods that also have vitamin D. I am not recommending them here since they are all linked to cancer and other various diseases. Personally, I don’t really like kale, so I make sure I get a good amount of vitamin D from other foods such as spinach, broccoli and many of the beans listed above. I love love love chickpeas!