There’s a lot of confusion surrounding sunlight and the production of Vitamin D. People commonly think that if the sun is up and they are outside in the sun, they are going to produce Vitamin D. This is not the case!
There are many reasons why you won’t make Vitamin D in the sun—even during the middle of the day. But most significantly, the sun cannot stimulate your production of Vitamin D if the sun isn’t high enough in the sky.
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As you soak in rays of almost-summer sunshine, your thoughts may turn to vitamin D — because you probably know it has something to do with the sun. But do you actually know what it is?
Humans are kinda capable of photosynthesis, and they use it to produce what scientists believe to be the oldest hormone that has ever existed on earth. It’s vitamin D, and it’s been around 750 million years, ever since tiny phytoplankton began cranking out the stuff in what is now the Atlantic Ocean.
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“The clocks have turned back, the days are getting darker and flu season is well and truly upon us – it’s enough to make anyone feel miserable.
But if you suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – often called ‘winter depression’ – the cold nights and dark days could be having a serious impact on your life.
Now nutritional therapist, Natalie Lamb, says you can eat your way to a cure for the symptoms of SAD, while also fighting off nasty winter bugs with a just a few lifestyle changes. ”
Read more of this great article at The Daily Mail <<here>>
“Everyone should be taking Vitamin D pills, according to health chiefs, to improve our bones and muscles. Public Health England recommends a 10 microgram daily supplement, and says even babies would benefit.
It was a surprising move, given that officials often claim that tablets are no substitute for a balanced diet. However, deficiency in Vitamin D has been linked to a raft of worrying problems, including the re-emergence of the bone-deformity condition rickets in children, and a similar problem, osteomalacia, in adults. It has also been associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression.”
Read more here… <<As the NHS insists that we should all take the ‘sunshine supplement’>>
I think it’s great that they are starting to link it to depression, something many SAD sufferers have known for years.
Unfortunately I calculate that the dose recommended equals 400iu which I personally think is way too low, but at least it’s a start.
“Explains seasonal affective disorder, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.”
Read more here…
I see there is also a downloadable pdf on there too.
Just recently it has been brought to light that negative ions may help with the symptoms of SAD. This article covers what these are and how they can help.
Dear Mark: What Are the Health Benefits of Negative Ions?
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Not everyone with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can afford to slumber amidst the babbling mist of a nearby brook with the gentle caress of the day’s first sun softly nudging them awake. It’s ideal, but studies indicate that simulating those conditions with negative ion generators, naturalistic dawn simulating lights, and someone blowing raspberries at your face can be just as effective at combating SAD as bright light therapy (okay, maybe not that last one).
Chronic non-seasonal depression has also been shown to be improved with negative ion therapy. High density ion therapy was far more effective than low density ion therapy.
Negative ions (along with bright light and auditory stimuli) reduced subjective measurements of depression, improved mood, and reduced anger in both depressed and non-depressed college students.”
A great article about things you can do for a healthier 2016….
New Year’s resolutions tend to be themed around ‘I’m going to lose so much weight you can’t see me when I turn to one side’, or ‘I’m going to write an ENTIRE BOOK and it will definitely be a best seller’.
We need to calm down a bit. Take it easy. Make our resolutions achievable things that make us feel good when we manage them, not sad and ashamed when we mess up.
One thing that’s worth committing to this year is yourself – your wellbeing, your happiness, and your general mental health.
The great thing is that there is no failure. If you’re dedicating some time and care for your mental health, you’re already doing something brilliant.
Here are a few resolutions that will help you along the way.
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