Sunshine is important. And I’m not just talking about growing flowers or tomatoes, but sunshine is important for your health.
This is because sunshine is our primary source of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D facts:
So this week’s challenge for an Intentional Life is to get outside. Yes, I’m aware that is it winter. And yes, I hate COLD, too. And yes, I heard the forecast that (at least in the mid-atlantic region) there’s going to be lows in the single digits this week. All of that said – you (and I) can handle 10 minutes outside. It won’t kill us. Just be sure some part of you is uncovered so you can absorb that sunshine.
And what if the sun don’t shine? (I’m remembering a tune with these words…) Well, if there isn’t sunlight to be had, the next best thing is to take a dose of Vitamin D. I bought mine at the vitamin aisle at the grocery store. It came in a liquid form. One tiny, tasteless drop in my tea on every gray morning is my plan. I take 2000IU, but it also comes in lower dosages. Read this if you want details on how much you need.
It’s time to make daily sunshine a part of your intentionally healthy life. I’ve often wondered if I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) because gray days drag me down, but my more educated self thinks it’s not the winter, it’s the lack of vitamin D. This year I’m making an intentional effort to combat SAD with vitamin D and sunshine. Maybe you should join me.
Challenge: Spend 5-10 minutes (at least) outside in the sunshine every day and if the sun isn’t available to you make daily doses of Vitamin D a habit.
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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