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Isn’t it crazy how we crave the sun?

It lifts our spirits bronzes our pale skin (which is not a sin come to find out). Our bodies produce vitamin-D from being exposed to sunlight, just 15-30 minutes a day. Wear your bikini if you can 2/3rds of the body should be exposed to get the full effect. In the winter this is a tuffy, but it could be fun!

I’m inspired to write this because I live in Michigan and sun is scarce around these here parts, especially in the winter and man do we get cranky…and could get sick without our vitamin-D.

Vitamin-D and your health

Vitamin D not only strengthens the immune system, but it also keeps cardiovascular diseases at bay and improves our general health. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium and its role in strengthening the bones, which in turn prevents degenerative diseases like osteoporosis. It also acts as a mood lifter reducing depression without the dangerous side effects of your Dr. prescribed anti-depressants, throw out your Prozac.

A recent study has shown that Vitamin D has influence over more than 200 genes including the ones responsible for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes and cancer.

Foods For Life… Vitamin-D

You can take a vitamin-D supplement daily. There are sprays, liquids, pills and the old fashioned way…Eating food. We need vitamin-D to help absorb calcium too.

Raw salmon with lemon and tomato.

Salmon

Fatty fish, such as salmon, are probably the best source of Vitamin-D out there. One serving of salmon alone will provide you all the vitamin D you need in a day. If you get canned salmon, it will include the softer (and edible) bones of the fish, meaning it’s loaded with calcium.

A cracked egg, uncooked.

Eggs

Eggs contain a good amount of vitamin D and can improve bone health. The vitamin D is found in the yolks only, don’t be afraid to eat the whole egg. MMM!

Vitamin-D can be found in these foods also, butter, cream, liver, milk and some cereals are fortified with it.  Cod liver oil contains 1.200 IU of Vitamin-D per tablespoon, so what if it tastes yukky think of all of the benefits plus the health food stores offer flavored cod-liver oils…nummy! 😉
Sunshine is an important factor in our health and our happiness. Plan a vacation bring your bikini and eat your eggs, exercise and laugh, life is worth it. Ring in the New Year with a new perspective on health.
Happy New Year!