We have been “watching” a three month old Bernese Mountain dog this weekend for an artist friend as she has an exhibit this weekend. In already sending her out for her morning duty I couldn’t help notice such a change in comparison to last week. It’s calm, peaceful and a comfortable temperature.
Gone, for now, are the winds, storms and rains. Enjoy the calmness.
In preparing some information on vitamin D for a presentation yesterday I had a flash back to my childhood. I have actually had this flash back on numerous occasions over the last 3 years. I remember a time, in my childhood or as a teenager, I hated November!
In recalling the only thing I can remember is that it was a dreary time of year. Miserable and dreary. That’s it, just BLECH. As in numerous occasions, even while going through last weeks day after day of rain it was ok. This is how November has been for me now; nice, just a transition into December, a level of acceptance.
While gathering this info on Vitamin D it became ever so clear as to the why November felt the way it did “back then”.
When you think of vitamin D what comes to mind? Sunshine……happy. What about bones and teeth health? The sun accounts for up to 90% of the body’s vitamin D. But when we think of the sun of course now we think of the need to protect ourselves from the connection to cancer. There is a consumer report that states 69% of the population uses sunscreen. Yet populations around the world are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. This problem is widespread and increasing, with potentially severe repercussions on bone fracture rates as well as overall health.
Your body needs several nutrients in order for calcium to be absorbed and used properly. Two of these nutrients are Vitamin D and Vitamin K. Vitamin D increases absorption of calcium from the small intestines so the body receives maximum benefit.
The RDA for vitamin D was set to prevent rickets. I don’t know about you guys but I haven’t heard too much about THAT these days. But what about cancer? And diabetes? And not to mention MS? Now those I’ve heard more about. Vitamin D is a big player in an optimal functioning auto immune system. The previous mentioned dis-eases are auto immune diseases along with another 80! Auto immune disease is when your immune system attacks healthy cells. It doesn’t know the difference.
I was anti pill! Only sick people take pills, was my thinking. Even after all my years of competing in body building and taking amino acids and numerous other vitamins by the handful, that was for a purpose. Taking vitamins in everyday life, well, I just couldn’t see the value. After all, I ate healthy! So lets look at food for the source of vitamin D:
Juice fortified means processed
Grain Products This food group contain very little of this nutrient
Milk and Alternatives milk alone has it’s own concerns and how many folks out there are vegetarian and vegan these days OR or lactose intolerant (another auto immune issue)
Meat and Alternatives
Egg, yolk, cooked
Fish and Seafood
Eel, raw or cooked
Salmon, sockeye/red, canned, cooked or raw
Whitefish, lake, cooked
Mackerel, Pacific, cooked
Herring, Atlantic, pickled
Sardines, Pacific, canned
Tuna, albacore, raw or cooked
I laughed at this point as I remember at one point actually making sardine sandwiches for myself and my family. Like that went over well.
It wasn’t until a particularly stressful period in my life and I was faced with, making a choice to decide to give vitamin D a try. I wanted to avoid becoming one of the stats that contributes to the 400% increase over the last 10 years of usage of anti depressants.
Vitamin D is fat soluble. It is the body’s way of storing all the vitamin D from the summer to last you through the winter months. Blue Monday is fast approaching. It is the third Monday in January when it is estimated that the bodies levels of vitamin D are depleted.
A special note to those that are of darker skin: The dark skin of African-Americans cannot absorb enough sunlight to generate adequate amounts of vitamin D. With vit d being stored in the fat cells those with dark skin haven’t even absorbed enough vit d over the summer to get them through September.
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but the third Monday in January (Blue Monday) looms on the horizon