There are not many natural foods that contain vitamin D, but the National Institute of Health recommends eating fatty fish, fish liver oil, beef liver, egg yolks and cheese for vitamin D. Vitamin D can also be found in fortified foods, such as milk, orange juice, breakfast cereal and yogurt.
Infant's formula is also usually fortified in both the United States and Canada for important growth needs of infants, says the National Institute of Health. When taking vitamin D supplements, a person should first consult with their primary physician to ensure that any medications that the person is taking would not interfere negatively with the supplement. Steroids, weight-loss drugs and cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause problems when mixed with vitamin D supplements.
Instead of eating to fulfill vitamin D needs, the National Institute of Health recommends that people make sure that they get sunlight exposure as sunlight exposure is the easiest way for people to meet their vitamin D needs. It is recommended for a person to get 15 to 20 minutes of sunlight each day to get enough vitamin D. It is also important to remember that sunlight can still provide harmful and damaging ultraviolet rays to the skin so the amount of time in the sun should be monitored. It is necessary to avoid the sun during peak hours.