Sometimes it seems that everything is upside down for me. And no, that is not a vertigo reference, thanks very much.
The diet "everyone" knows is healthy will lay me on the ground sick as a dog within a few weeks time.
The salt that "everyone" knows is bad except in small doses, is essential for me to be able to stand up and think for very long. The whole grains that "everyone" extols will have me bent over in pain, with a fuzzy brain and rapidly expanding paunch after just a few days.
The low fat approach that "everyone" knows is good for their figures and their cholesterol leaves me with aching joints and muscle pain. And the red meat that is to be shunned keeps me robust and clear-eyed.
So why should I be surprised to find a new area where running with the crowd gets me trampled?
I am not surprised anymore by this. I wish it weren't so because I would dearly love to be part of the mainstream. I haven't been able to do that very often in my life but on those occasions, I have really enjoyed it. Some people love to be mavericks and set apart from the crowd. Not me. Let me agree with everyone, and I am happy.
But it just isn't to be.
So I am here to tell you that I go out in the sun every day it's decent, all summer long, for at least half an hour, and bake, without sunscreen, for my health.
I know all the arguments and worried concerns against this. Used to share them. But I think it's time I helped the other view to be heard.
Vitamin D is only just now becoming well-known and adored. It is the new Wunder-Nutrient. I'm glad to see it getting mainstream attention. I first heard of the importance of Vitamin D on Dr. Mercola's e-newsletter. It got me thinking.
Every summer I perk up. Not what you'd call superhealthy but good. Really good. Early September I start to wilt and by November some time I crash and just keep losing ground all winter. All sorts of nasty frightening symptoms come back during these months.
Then come summer, I'm better again. Every year for a decade at least.
It occured to me that there could be a real connection between the lack of sun and therefore Vitamin D, and my annual near-demise. I took steps. I bought a bottle of Vitamin D and started taking it according to Dr. Mercola's recommendation. And I started to revive.
Sometimes I run out and I can't always get another bottle right away. If I have to go for more than a week or two I start to slip and I can feel it. Within 48 hours of getting a new bottle going, the relief begins to make itself felt.
To me, the connection is crystal clear. And in the summer I make the most of nature's D, straight from the source.