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How to Prevent this Year’s Winter Illness with Vitamin D

How to Prevent this Year’s Winter Illness with Vitamin D

Every year people believe it’s normal to contract an illness of some sort. This illness usually turns out to be a cold or flu. But is it really a normal thing to be getting ill so often and on a schedule each year? Surely there’s a reason.

After all, we’re all old enough now to realize that getting cold doesn’t give you a cold. So what’s the true reason behind so many illnesses? The real answer is a lack of vitamin D. Since we get high amounts of vitamin D from the sun, this explains why so many people get ill in the winter time.

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According to science our bodies actually store vitamin D. Throughout the spring and summer when the sun is constantly out, we’re able to stock up on sun/vitamin D. Once the body uses what it has to, then it stores the rest for times when the sun isn’t so abundant.

However, we can’t completely rely on the sun, especially when so many people live in areas of the world that don’t see the sun much for as long as 6 to 9 months. It’s not uncommon in the UK to go without a good summer day, where temperatures reach 20 degrees Celsius/68 degrees Fahrenheit or above from September until May. People in countries like Spain, Cuba and Jamaica are enjoying the sun for most of the year, plus they’re eating a much better diet than most of us. This means that they’re maximizing their vitamin D storage on two fronts.

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So how do you combat this lack of vitamin D especially when you live in a place like Norway, the UK or even the colder parts of North America such as Canada or some of the US states?

Vitamin D Foods

Firstly let us take a look at some of the top foods containing vitamin D, just to see how well you’re doing with your diet.

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  • Eggs
  • Oily Fish
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Mushrooms
  • Tofu
  • Pork
  • Cheese
  • Oranges

These foods aren’t everyone’s daily go to, with eggs perhaps being the exception. This is why it’s easy to see how vitamin D levels can get low during the winter months. These foods should be used to compensate for the lack of vitamin D once the sun becomes rare. You can still eat them all year round, but you should increase their consumption as the winter draws near. You’ll know if you’re getting enough since you’ll maintain a year-round tan. Once we run out of vitamin D our skin gets lighter and lighter because pale skin requires less vitamin D.

Vitamin D Benefits

Vitamin D is a highly beneficial nutrient. It is necessary for many functions in the human body. such as:

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  • Faster Fat Loss
  • Testosterone Boost
  • Increased Bone Size & Strength
  • Improved Heart Health
  • Reduces Risk Of Cancer
  • Improves Immune System & Prevents Illness

Signs Of Vitamin D Deficiency

Signs and symptoms of vitamin D are not very specific or always obvious. They are often confused with the symptoms of other diseases and the vitamin deficiency often gets overlooked. Some of the general signs of vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Your Bones Ache
  • Head Sweating
  • Gut Trouble & Inability to Absorb Fat
  • Tiredness & Fatigue
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Pale Skin (If Skin Was Darker Before)
  • Constant Colds/Flu

What To Do Next?

If this article sounds too much like your life, then it’s time to assess what’s going on. If you live in a warm country but still have these issues, then you may need to get outside more often and eat the foods that are mentioned above.

If you live in a colder region of the world, then get more sun when it’s out. This means more walks in the summer and less time stuck behind your desk or TV – make the most of the sun while it’s around. Secondly, the foods mentioned above should be consumed more often especially in winter. Make sure you’re consuming at least one of the above foods each day and you should have a better chance of staying illness free this winter.

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18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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