Greetings from sunny, ..no snowy, ...no sunny Worthing! What peculiar weather!
But it is still possible to top up your Vitamin D levels with a little bit of direct sunshine!
Vitamin D has several functions including the regulation of calcium and phosphate in your body.
The human body is a wondrous machine and when working well keep all your "levels" such as blood pressure, temperature, glucose levels, cell and blood pH under very tight control. Calcium is leached from your bones by the body's self monitoring system in an attempt to reduce levels of acidity.
So what causes acidity in your body?
Well..lots of things. Diet plays a very big part with our pH. Sugar and refined foods, alcohol, dairy and too much meat all result in creating an acid environment in your body. But so can prescription drugs.... and even stress and anxiety result in dropping the body's pH to acidic levels.
So what can you do?
We know that losing Calcium from our bones is bad news. We are told frequently about the effects on bone density, but is the answer to top up with plenty of dairy fortified with extra calcium?
The answer is simply...NO.
This creates a vicious cycle of making the body acidic thus forcing the body to eliminate more calcium in an attempt to reduce the acidity.
You get most of your Vitamin D from the summer sun, which ordinarily would stock you up for the rest of the year. However, when you are in the midst of cancer treatment you may well not get outside in the sunlight as much. Then the cancer drugs and any stress you are going through will no doubt be causing acidity.
This combination means that you have less Vitamin D to help regulate Calcium...and/ or less Calcium in your bones due to elimination.
What can you do to help yourself?
Walk outside when the sun shines! It's that simple.
- Vitamin D is made under your skin in reaction to sunlight
- Walking, briskly as possible, encourages new bone growth and increases bone density
- Eat oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel ( loaded with Vit D)
- Eat eggs
- Eat dark green leafy vegetables for a great source of calcium!
Enjoy the little glimpses of sunshine..
Let me know if you'd like any recipes for shakes and juices to help with this issue.