Today I want to talk about why sunlight is important and the best ways to obtain it?
This might seem like an odd topic, but when I was trying to be productive, I just felt tired—most days. I began to try to figure out why. I mean, I was getting enough sleep, eating fairly well. So when I started my research into my fatigue and what could be causing it, I was surprised by what I found.
Honestly, I didn’t quite believe that twenty-minutes a day outside in direct sunlight could do much good for how tired I felt.
Well, I was wrong.
Getting outside for twenty minutes a day didn’t just banish my fatigue, but I also got that sense of feeling really good. It was only twenty-minutes of a walk, but I may as well have done a workout. I always felt refreshed when I got home and ready to keep working instead of lying out on the couch.
From direct sunlight, you get vitamin D. It’s the most natural way and the best way to absorb the vitamin. During my research, here are some tips I found.
-Midday is the best time to get vitamin D, as the sun is at its highest point around that time of day.
-Don’t wear sunglasses even for the first 15 minutes
-Don’t wear sunscreen as it blocks Vitamin D from entering your system
-Try to show off some skin—like your legs, arms, chest, and even your face.
Unfortunately, sitting in an office or behind a window, even in direct sunlight, doesn’t work, as the glass blocks out the rays.
**If you are darker-skinned, you may have to increase your time in the sun as the melanin level in your skin is higher.
Now in saying all that, I live in Ireland where it rains most days, and if it doesn’t, it can be pretty cold, especially in the winter—showing off my legs isn’t an option. But I always go gloveless no matter what and try to expose my neck and face as best I can. If the day was fresh and not so cold, I would roll up my sleeves on my twenty-minute walk.
Now let’s pretend that you live somewhere that doesn’t quite have a lot of sun, then most of us turn to supplements. They don’t compare to the real thing, but yes, they do help. But, before we go there, you should try to gain Vitamin D from foods.
The average person needs 800 IU’s per day. That’s not a huge amount.
Here are some foods that are high in Vitamin D.
One egg yolk = 40 IU
Milk: An eight-ounce glass = 100 IU
I personally don’t eat these every day, but I would a few times a week.
If you still haven’t gotten enough Vitamin D, you can get a supplement, especially in the winter months, but just make sure you take K2 with it to help absorb vitamin D into your body correctly.
So just to recap, getting enough vitamin D can prevent:
Fatigue: Which was my main reason for trying to figure out what was wrong.
Other major illnesses have also been associated with not enough Vitamin D.
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The next topic I want to discuss is brain food. What’s the best and the effect it has on us.
As an author and full-time mother, having a strong foundation and understanding of my body and brain is very important. I want to be the best version of myself I can.
Thanks for reading.
I’m also a little obsessed with fun facts, so here is one for today:
Humans are the only animals that blush.