Winter is here. We are definitely feeling it here down in chilly Vic and we know that you feel it up there in the warmer northern regions (even though we think an 18 degree day is balmy).
How to get through winter maintaining your inner glow? From the inside out, here's how we do it - and the secret is VITAMIN D.
Vitamin D is well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti depressant function, but did you know that vitamin D is also an extremely powerful antiviral? That should be music to your ears in light of the current situation, where COVID19 is still circulating along with the flu and multiple common colds. Colds dampen your inner glow, and to keep it alive you need a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables and SUNLIGHT.
It's true, before modern medicine a common treatment for viruses was sunlight therapy. Today, hundreds of scientists are studying how UV therapy could be a cure for COVID-19. This may prove effective in a medical setting as a treatment, but hey - prevention is better than a cure and having your vitamin D levels up is a sure fire way to improve your bodies natural defences. During these times with a long, indoor lead up to winter (thanks COVID-19) our bodies never needed Vitamin D more. Guess what? It's out there for the taking (for free) and here are some ideas for you to get outside and lap it up, keeping your body in tip-top antiviral protection mode:
- Go for a walk. This may seem like the obvious, but just getting yourself out for 10 minutes will give you a good dose of Vitamin D, as well as all the other endorphins that come with exercise.
- Have your morning coffee/tea on your porch, in your garden or wherever you can find a patch of sunlight. Morning sun is especially glorious and gives you a little glow for the rest of the day.
- Open the windows! I know this is hard during winter, especially if there is a chilly breeze or the heater is on inside. But you will not absorb vitamin D through a window, so even a ten minute blast will do you good.
Make sure you are eating lots of vitamin rich foods such as leafy greens and cruciferous veggies so that your body can produce Vitamin D efficiently.