Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Anything with D

This weekend was great! We had a 3 day stay on the beach and really enjoyed the lightly warm temperatures and cool gulf breeze. Now, I am a fair complexioned individual and as such, I carefully monitor my time outdoors and always wear my sun screen.

Despite cancer risks, there is no need to fear going out into the daylight. In fact, there are some benefits to it. For example, you may think the sun's rays don't do much besides darken your skin, but keep in mind that much of our allotment of vitamin D comes through sun exposure. When this source of vitamin D is taken away, or limited as in my case, it is important to make it up through proper nutrition.

Lucky for me, this time away from work also afforded me the opportunity to indulge in another favorite activity of mine: cooking.

The warm-weather season brings us a wide and varied selection of great fruits and vegetables, all of which provide an excellent supply of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients that help to combat the damaging effects of free radicals caused by too much sun exposure. Add to this, good alternative sources of vitamin D like; salmon, dairy products, & eggs, and you’ve got a great way to enjoy a weekend at the beach.

Why is vitamin D so important? Aside from helping build strong bones and teeth, studies have linked the consumption of vitamin D to a decreased likelihood of depression (which often sets in during the winter), increased energy, improved immunity against common diseases, and a reduced risk for experiencing feelings of weakness.

So, now that the warmer weather is here, enjoy it! You don’t have to live your life like a hermit. Simply look for ways to incorporate vitamin D rich foods into your diet; limit your sun exposure and be sure to wear your sun screen.

Go – Live Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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