VITAMIN D AND YOU

Day in and day out, if you are a consumer of news on the internet you are barraged with health news. Of course it’s not as sexy as politics or the latest celebrity scandal but health care remains one of the most talked about and concerning issues for Americans. Now my citation is older, it’s a study from 2011 which states that 42% of American adults are deficient in Vitamin D Source

There really isn’t any data that I could find that suggests this number has moved much but first let’s iron out what vitamin D does for you.

  1. Vitamin D helps you absorb Calcium which supports bone health.
  2. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system.
  3. Improved neurological function
  4. Boosted immune health
  5. Enhanced cell growth and rejuvenation
  6. Fighting against inflammation in the body

Most importantly the biggest organ in your body, your skin naturally produces Vitamin D when in sunlight. So what are some of the benefits of taking vitamin D as a supplement? There is a lot of anecdotal evidence, there are also studies ongoing. The 2011 study I cited above states: “Mounting evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. “Now this is somewhat misleading IMHO because when you have a study that determines that 42% of Americans are deficient in something you can indirectly link issues those 42% have to said deficiency.

Go outside!

However this study Is looking at the correlation between seasonal disorder to vitamin D deficiency. Simply put, they want to determine if in the winter and cold months, are people depressed because they are unable to absorb Vitamin D processed by the skin, while you are in the sun? It’s a good logical extrapolation really. Often in my life I have heard the old saying, “everyone’s mood improves when they get out in the sunlight”.

I’ve heard this from older people when I was young, they were insinuating that sun = better mood, which we now know means increased vitamin D. Obviously they were not scientist but many times “old wives’ tales” are derived from years of observation. In the end I think it’s wise to start supplementing with Vitamin D, and as its Spring time to head out side and get some sunlight.

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A quick tip to help with Anxiety

I know, you see these all the time. Someone has this remarkable tip that is going to solve it all… Click bait crap right? I understand believe me I get it. I don’t know where you live, dear reader. I do know that many of my readers are in the western hemisphere. I have a lot of readers from India as well (Namaste). This tip is good wherever you live but specifically in the west. We are coming out of the winter, spring is happening and now is the time to go outside.

Get in the sun, increase your vitamin D. Not only that you should be going to parks/woods and walking out in nature. Everything is coming back to life and this energy can meld into you, boost you, invigorate you. Trees will bud, animals will scurry, turtles will be sitting on rocks in ponds. Get out there and get into nature. Let the natural world work on you. When things are blossoming and coming to life that energy is real it flows in the air and into your soul.

I know this is waxing poetic a bit, and might be slightly corny. My goal here is, is to get you outside. Get away from the screens, away from the people in your life and enjoy quiet, real quiet. When all you hear is the wind pushing through leaves and twigs cracking because animals are running around you have attained real quiet. Unplug, unwind, rejuvenate. It’s critical to do this every spring as this natural renewal of energy is fleeting the window is short depending on where you live. In my world it is April and early May.

Where is it where you live?

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VITAMIN D AND YOU

Day in and day out, if you are a consumer of news on the internet you are barraged with health news. Of course it’s not as sexy as politics or the latest celebrity scandal but health care remains one of the most talked about and concerning issues for Americans. Now my citation is older, it’s a study from 2011 which states that 42% of American adults are deficient in Vitamin D Source

There really isn’t any data that I could find that suggests this number has moved much but first let’s iron out what vitamin D does for you.

  1. Vitamin D helps you absorb Calcium which supports bone health.
  2. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system.
  3. Improved neurological function
  4. Boosted immune health
  5. Enhanced cell growth and rejuvenation
  6. Fighting against inflammation in the body

Most importantly the biggest organ in your body, your skin naturally produces Vitamin D when in sunlight. So what are some of the benefits of taking vitamin D as a supplement? There is a lot of anecdotal evidence, there are also studies ongoing. The 2011 study I cited above states: “Mounting evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. “Now this is somewhat misleading IMHO because when you have a study that determines that 42% of Americans are deficient in something you can indirectly link issues those 42% have to said deficiency.

Go outside!

However this study Is looking at the correlation between seasonal disorder to vitamin D deficiency. Simply put, they want to determine if in the winter and cold months, are people depressed because they are unable to absorb Vitamin D processed by the skin, while you are in the sun? It’s a good logical extrapolation really. Often in my life I have heard the old saying, “everyone’s mood improves when they get out in the sunlight”.

I’ve heard this from older people when I was young, they were insinuating that sun = better mood, which we now know means increased vitamin D. Obviously they were not scientist but many times “old wives’ tales” are derived from years of observation. In the end I think it’s wise to start supplementing with Vitamin D, and as its Spring time to head out side and get some sunlight.

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4 things everyone with Anxiety should be doing (or start doing) NOW

If you have anxiety, depending on the day everything can slip. A bad day can set you back a week, a bad week a month and so on. Everyone has different triggers and this post isn’t meant to shame anyone. What it is intended to do is to give you 4 things you should be doing every day, even in the throes of a serious bout of anxiety. These aren’t fixes, but what they do is they create consistent actions and routines that will allow you to anchor yourself on the days (weeks or months) where you have crippling anxiety. Every other day these will be natural events, the list is not complicated or exhausted but they are MUST DO’S

  1. The Mouth Routine: No this isn’t perverted… Twice a day, when you wake, and before you got to sleep you should be cleaning your mouth. The health benefits are for another post but how it makes you FEEL is what is important here. A clean fresh mouth is well, refreshing. What should you do for a “Mouth Routine?”
    • Brush
    • Floss
    • Mouthwash
    • Tongue comb or rake – You can brush your tongue as well, trust me on this one.
  2. Vitamin D: I take a lot of Vitamin D. I’ve read a lot online about the importance of this vitamin and this post isn’t intended to be a science piece I did a post here many moons ago click it for an elaboration. If you are uncomfortable with Vitamin D fine, take a multivitamin. This should be done at the same time every day. I take mine at noon.
  3. Consistent Sleep schedule: This is easier than it looks. I’m not saying you have to sleep for 8 hours, I know most people can’t, particularly with anxiety. What I am saying, and you should be doing is going to bed and rising the same time every day. Sleep is how your body repairs. It’s critical for all aspects of your health and you need to create a consistent schedule for it. Mine?
    • Weekdays – Sunday thru Thursday: I am in bed screens off by 10:30PM. Even if I can’t fall asleep, I lay there. I get up between 4:30AM and 7:00AM depending on what days I go to the gym.
    • Weekends – Friday thru Saturday: I am in bed screens off by 1AM. I get up between 7AM and 9AM. I game, watch movies/shows used to go out will again after covid. Friday night and Saturday night I stay up but rarely past 1, and often in bed by midnight.
  4. Human Contact: You need to talk to someone, touch someone, and have human contact (non sexually is the context here, but sex is fine but another post all together). Anxiety can be isolating and even if it’s just some emails or a text you have to talk to someone every day. This may sound silly, but believe it or not there are many of us who can go weeks and not talk to anyone at all. You need human interaction, you need to “feel” and “sense” other people.
Ugh, lists….

Every day do these things. Do not wait, don’t make excuses start working on them. These will help you and give you confidence and self-worth. Anxiety can be crippling, isolating, desperate. Fight back with simple tools. Even if you only do one of the items above it will have a dramatic impact on you for the positive.

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