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I've Got Sunshine on a Rainy Day

March 2020 Diary Post/ Day 8: Dallas Schools announced the beginning of the shut down one week ago yesterday. It started small, and with each passing day, it seemed to get bigger. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. What can WE do about our present circumstances? Now?

One thing is for sure. We have had many cloudy, rainy days. Our dark days come in more ways than one. But sunny days are in the forecast. Randy and I have found a patch of sun most days, and we grab our shoes and head outside to soak it up.

There is a definite interplay between vitamin D and Viral Infections. The good news is we absorb vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight. The bad news is most of us don't get enough of it.

Called the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D has many roles in the body and is essential for optimal health.

A handful of foods contain significant amounts of vitamin D, including salmon, tuna, swordfish, beef liver, egg yolks, sardines, and cod liver oil. Yet, the amount found in these foods still is not enough. Sunshine is the answer.

Sun is at its best for us to get our vitamin D at noon. Research tells us our bodies are most efficient at making vitamin D at noon. So don't you think it makes perfect sense to have your lunch outdoors each day? Oh, and sunny windows don't count. You must be outside.... But hey, guys, it's FREE!

I remember traveling in Europe as a young woman. I was struck by the number of businesspeople in their business attire, taking their brown bags to the park for lunch. It seemed everyone did that! Wow, they were pretty smart.

We can be better... Let's learn and grow together.


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