Sunshine – I love Summer!

I love the term SUNSHINE VITAMIN when referring to Vitamin D. Recently my blood test came back showing low Vitamin D, and I received suggestions for improvement. So I did a little research – so easy on internet these days. When we talk about Vitamin D there are actually two forms included in that term – Vitamin D2 which is really made by plants, and then Vitamin D3 which is actually made by our skin after it has been exposed to sunlight. Both are important to us human beings. Even exposure for 10 minutes daily to the sun’s rays is said to prevent deficiency. My test was done the end of March after a cold Utah winter, so not surprising that I was low as I’m not a skier (I think they get more winter sun than I do on the beautiful Utah slopes) and I tend to hibernate in my warm home during the winter months as much as possible.

A few foods naturally contain Vitamin D or others are fortified such as milk. It is really tough to get all the Vitamin D our body needs just from natural food. Our liver and kidneys work to convert it for our bodies use. Vitamin D also helps calcium absorption, which strengthens our bones. It’s a pretty important vitamin and I found I needed to make sure I was getting enough each day to improve my levels as my osteoporosis test also had one area of risk. I checked out the daily RDA needed and found a chart on the website http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

Table 2: Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Vitamin D [1]
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0–12 months* 400 IU
(10 mcg)
400 IU
(10 mcg)
1–13 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
14–18 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
19–50 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
51–70 years 600 IU
(15 mcg)
600 IU
(15 mcg)
>70 years 800 IU
(20 mcg)
800 IU
(20 mcg)

* Adequate Intake (AI)

So here’s my plan:

1. Eat more foods containing Vitamin D – fish is the highest, some yogurts and cheese are fortified, and the egg yoke contains D, but I rarely eat eggs. Thus I found #2 and #3 on my list to be my best sources.

2. Take a natural supplement

3. Get more sunshine – so I’m getting out daily to walk or bike or play at the park or zoo with my grand daughters. It does help that we are now in summer season :)

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO GET ENOUGH VITAMIN D?

Here’s an article I found with some interesting information:

http://wakeup-world.com/2014/01/23/vitamin-d-improves-mood-cognition-and-pain-tolerance/

 

While on the subject of skin – it’s SUMMER in the northern hemisphere and SUNBURNS are frequent and a hazard to our skin. Of course the best thing is to stay out of the sun or avoid it especially from about 11 am t0 3pm when the rays are the strongest. But that doesn’t always work with your day at the swimming pool, the beach or the amusement park. Even weeding in your garden can cause a bright red sunburn. So be sure to protect yourself with clothing, sun blocks, a hat, sunglasses and wisdom.

Just staying in the shade of a tree or umbrella does not protect your skin. I remember one of my worst sunburns was on the beach at Acapulco. My mom and I were camping in our van during our road trip and parked about 30 minutes up the beach from the beautiful city of Acapulco, Mexico. I spent the whole day sitting in the sand under one of those bamboo thatched roof huts feeling protected in the sun – back before sun blocks were the thing. The next morning I was shocked to find myself miserably suffering with bright red skin every where that wasn’t covered by my bathing suit. Lucky for me that aloe vera was readily available in Mexico, but I still had some uncomfortable days ahead. The reflection of the ocean water and sand can and will burn. One of the products I now use is Lavender Essential Oils.

My good friend Rebecca gives some great suggestion on her blog

http://blog.purifyyourbody.com/2014/06/how-to-get-relief-from-bad-sunburn-6.html

Our skin is an organ of the body. Remember that what we put into our body effects our health immensely. The products you use on your skin will enter into your body system. Read the labels of your body lotions, facial creams, perfumes, sun block and even make-up. Are there chemicals that can harm you? Cause cancer? Other diseases.

 

I’m fascinated by this article on how to reverse 4 diseases:

http://wakeup-world.com/2014/03/16/4-diseases-that-can-be-reversed-naturally-without-pharmaceutical-drugs/

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