Are you getting enough vitamin D?

I am not a big believer in vitamin supplements -- except when it comes to vitamin D. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb the calcium you eat. This builds strong bones and teeth and helps prevent osteoporosis as you grow older.

Here's the problem: from now until mid-Spring, there isn't enough sunshine for your body to make vitamin D and it's nearly impossible to get all you need from the food you eat.

Researchers confirmed that when they looked at the diets of thousands of people both children and adults - in the U.S. and Canada. Less than two percent of the diets met the daily recommended allowance for vitamin D.

The researchers found that eating breakfast each morning -- especially cereal -- can help. I should tell you that General Mills funded this study.

But as the health experts at Consumer Reports point out, the advice is solid. When you eat cereal, you have milk and both are usually fortified with Vitamin D.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults up to age 69 get 600 International Units of Vitamin D a day. That jumps to 800 units at age 70.

For more information

Study: Eating More Cereal Can Boost Your Vitamin D Intake

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D: Vital Role in Your Health