Vitamin D, calcium’s friend, the bone vitamin; a vitamin that gets taken for granted. Vitamin D helps with achy bones, obesity, feeling blue, poor immune function and so much more. Unfortunately, more than half of Americans don’t have enough Vitamin D to keep all of their tissues operating at peak capacity. Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in all ages, especially those who overuse current sunscreens, which blocks vitamin D production. The best time to get exposure is during the peak times during the day to get UVB rays, but only for a limited time. Before peak time you have UVA rays which are the most intense. After peak times you have UVB rays which are more filtered out as the sun sets. Expose skin only to the point of darker than your lightest shade. Any more can be damaging to the skin. Another tip to help optimize Vitamin D is to avoid processed foods, which tend to interfere with the enzymes that activate vitamin D in our livers and kidneys. Very few foods contain Vitamin D. Fatty fish are a great source. The ADC at CBU offers healthy choices of grilled fish daily.