Vitamin D (600 IU daily): To boost calcium absorption Just as important as calcium, vitamin D should be top of mind. "Without vitamin D, your body can't use calcium," says Zuckerbrot -- it's essential to activating it in your bloodstream. The best news about vitamin D? It's so easy to get your fill. It can be obtained through sun exposure, which we're sure you've heard plenty about in the news. Aim to get 10 to 15 minutes of exposure three times a week. If you, like us, would rather get it elsewhere in order to prevent more sunspots and wrinkles from rearing their ugly old heads, eat fortified eggs, milk, orange juice and fish. A cup of fortified milk or OJ has about a sixth of what you need in a day and you can get it all in just 3½ ounces of cooked salmon.
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