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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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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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