Fun In The Sun

Fun in the Sun: The Best Way to Get Your Vitamin

  It’s summertime! There’s lot’s of sun–maybe a bit too much lately with the heat and drought already this year. So there is no need to fear a vitamin D deficiency epidemic, right?We can’t be any more wrong.

According to this post deficiencies in vitamin D are at an all time high–this post were stats in 2014, so we can expect them to be at least that or higher.

According to the CDC 32% of children and adults were vitamin D deficient

  • The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 50 percent of children aged one to five years, and 70 percent of children between the ages of six and 11, are deficient or insufficient in vitamin D
  • Researchers such as Dr. Holick estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency

Even eating vitamin D fortified foods are not as helpful in receiving and processing vitamin D as the sun is. But they do help, so don’t not continue to consume these foods or supplement! Any little bit helps, but always remember the sun is the best!

What Does vitamin D Do for Me?

One of the most commonly known things it is known for is promoting bone health and the processing of calcium in the body. This process of the body helps prevent soft bones, osteoporosis, and rickets.

Another big advantage is that it aids in the prevention of disease and boosts the immune system. This essential vitamin helps the body ward off cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive problems, autoimmune disorders, and even cancer.

For more benefits and sources for this article check out:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/vitamin-d-deficiency

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/28/vitamin-d-deficiency-signs-symptoms.aspx

Common Signs Your are Vitamin D Deficient/Insufficient You’re feeling blue: If you are feeling depressed and/or anxious, you may just need to step outside for at least 5-15 minutes and get a little sun. I can tell you this from first hand experience.

Fatigue: If you are feeling tired and having a hard time concentrating seemingly out of nowhere, having some time in the sun will also help. 

Your bones and joints ache

You seem to “catch everything”: Vitamin D not only helps with autoimmune disease, but it helps with keeping viruses and bacteria at bay by boosting the immune system. If you are already taking plenty of vitamin C and still having trouble staying well try checking out your vitamin D.

Gut Trouble: It appears that probiotics are not the catch all/end all for your overall gut health. Combining some sun exposure with your probiotic or gut health regimen. It may just be what the Great Physician ordered!

Where Do I Find Vitamin D

The first and best choice is the sun as we have mentioned. Our bodies were created to absorb light since we are made in God’s image, and He created the sun which is much like basking in his presence. Some of the foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D: egg yolks, fish, and fish liver oils. Other foods have been fortified in vitamin D: grain and dairy products. Of course natural vitamin D supplements and multivitamins like Reliv are other great places.

Avoid Too Much of a Good Thing

It goes without saying that you can spend to much time in the sun. Everything has its proper balance. If you haven’t been out in the sun in a while, try building up your exposure time.

To Your health,

Jenay Green

Thanks to Amanda Taylor with Soaring Eagle Publications for this article!

Tips to beating the winter blues!

Tips to beating the winter blues!Tips on beating the winter blues

Whether you have the occasional blues in the winter or you struggle with depression, try these tips that may help alleviate some of your symptoms. First of all, be sure to talk with someone if you are depressed, because, depression can be very serious and may require attention from a professional. 

Exercise releases endorphins that help lift your mood. This involves any activity that gets your heart rate up! You can play with your family, walk with a friend, or lift dumbbells in your living room. Refer to this article for some simple exercises you can do at home without equipment.

Another tip to beating the winter blues is laughter! Everyone loves to laugh, and as serious adults, we tend to forget to make this a part of our routine. The bible states in Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine. Scientific studies have proven today that this is real wisdom that works!

Another tip for beating the winter blues is in getting outdoors and in the fresh air and sunlight.  The vitamin D we get from the sunshine is serious therapy. Dr. Axe has a great article on vitamin D and how in being deficient leads to many illnesses including depression.

Every sunny day, even in the winter, you should take a brisk walk. Doing this with a partner can give you fellowship and laughter at the same time. Encourage someone else and help yourself in the process. Helping others always lifts your mood!

What you think about has a direct affect on your mood. Dr. Caroline Leaf states that research shows 75%-98% of mental, physical, and behavioral illnesses come from your thought life. The bible tells us in Proverbs 23:7 as a man thinks in his heart so is he. Romans 12:2 also tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.

Our thoughts are a real battle and even though it is a choice what we meditate on, circumstances can make this much more difficult. Try listing all you have to be thankful for, beginning with the simple things that we take for granted daily.

Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep. If you are are having a hard time with sleep, you may be deficient in magnesium, a vital mineral, that has an affect on both sleep and depression.

  Most Americans are deficient in magnesium and our lifestyle choices deplete our levels as well. Stressful situations require more magnesium. Caffeinated beverages cause the body to release extra magnesium. Also, carbonated drinks contain phosphates that flush magnesium out of your system as well.

Refined sugar causes the body to excrete magnesium through the kidneys. With our diets and lifestyle, I would highly recommend a supplement. Several clients I have  worked with have reported feeling better with changing their diet, adding exercise, and supplementation.

If you have any tips for beating the winter blues that have worked for you, please add your voice by leaving a comment below. Help someone today by passing on the information!

To your health,

Jenay Green