The Supplement You Need To Take Now But Not Later

fish oil capsules in a spoon on a wooden background

If you live in a part of the world that is cold in the winter months, you most likely spend less time outdoors like I do.  I enjoy the winter months: the cold, walks in the snowy woods (though we haven’t had much snow this year so far!), but I don’t spend near the time outdoors now as I do in the spring, summer, and fall.  When I am outside in the cold, I like to be bundled up with scarves, gloves, boots, and of course a thick coat.  This means that my skin is only getting a minimal amount of exposure to the sun.

The problem with this is that your skin needs sun exposure in order to produce a substance that is vital to you.

The Supplement You Need To Take Now But Not Later

So why is the sun so important?

When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it is receiving the sun’s energy and creating vitamin D.  Vitamin D is so crucial to many aspects of health.  It’s not actually a vitamin, but a hormone, which means it’s not just a nutrient for your bones.  Vitamin D is one of the most potent hormones and regulates bodily functions and genes more than any other hormone known to date.

Vitamin D Lowers Cancer Risk

The intestines, bones, kidneys, colon, prostate, breast, blood vessels, brain, and heart all have vitamin D receptors.  These receptors have anti-cancer functions.  It’s important to have adequate amounts of vitamin D in the body in order for these receptors to have the ability to fight cancer.

Vitamin D Helps Your Immune System

Vitamin D helps your body to produce over 200 antimicrobial peptides, which fight off a wide range of illnesses.  This Japanese study showed that vitamin D can reduce the risk of catching influenza A by 58%-which is better protection than the flu vaccine can claim!  I will gladly skip the flu vaccine and help protect myself with healthy, non-risk vitamin D, thank you very much!

There are some foods with Vitamin D such as:

  • Cooked Salmon
  • Mushrooms
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Eggs

While you may get some vitamin D in the foods you eat, it is most likely not enough to keep your levels high enough to fight cancer and illnesses.  The best source of vitamin D is the sun, but in the cold months when your skin isn’t bathing in the sunshine, supplementation is a very great idea!

You would need a blood test to truly know what your vitamin D levels are, but I simply follow the recommendation on the bottle.  If a person were to have cancer or another disease, I would recommend getting a blood test done so you can know exactly how much vitamin D you need to help your immune system fight whatever it is battling.

One way to supplement vitamin D is through gel caps (like these), but my personal favorite way is with vitamin D drops (like these).  Liquid is more absorbable and is an easy way to give this nutrient to my girls that don’t like to swallow pills.

Vitamin D is very inexpensive to supplement.  The bottle that I buy from Beeyoutiful (you can find it here) costs $10 and will last us about 3 or 4 months – which is about how long the winter season is!  The drops also have no taste, so it’s very simple to place them under the tongue for easy absorption, like this…

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Vitamin D is just another affordable key supplement that I add to our regimen in staying well and helping our immune systems to function as God created them to.

Do you spend a lot less time outdoors in the winter months?  Do you supplement vitamin D?  Let me know in the comments below!

Resources

 Mercola, J. (n.d.). Vitamin D is Better than ANY Vaccine. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/04/why-this-vitamin-is-better-than-any-vaccine-and-improves-your-immune-system-by-35-times.aspx 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Improve Your Eyesight

Vision concept. Eye glasses on wooden table

While some children have need of glasses at a young age, many people don’t experience much eyesight loss until the older years.  I personally needed glasses for seeing at a distance when I was a teenager.  My eye doctor said that I only needed them when looking at the chalk board at school, or when I needed to drive.  When my eyesight worsened further and it was apparent that I needed all-the-time assistance with my vision, I became a contact lens wearer and am til this day.

Whether you begin to lose your vision at a young age or suffer from Age-related Macular Degeneration (a main cause of vision loss of those over age 60) (Source), with proper care of your eyesight, you can prevent vision loss and even improve your vision.

How To Improve Your Eyesight

Proper Lighting

I am on the computer a lot.  I do a lot of writing, plus work as an online assistant.  Not to mention we do some of our homeschool work online.  Being in front of the computer often can lead to eye strain, which is not good for your eye health.  When using the computer, it’s better not to have bright overhead lights or outdoor lights glaring on the computer screen.  Instead opt for floor or table lamps like these unique Tiffany style lights.

On the other hand, when reading or doing a similar activity, it’s best to have overhead or hanging lights to be certain that you have adequate light.

Bilberry

Do you know bilberry preserves were eaten by pilots in World War II to help them have better eyesight?  It’s true, and I can personally attest to the power of bilberry.  When I am regularly consuming bilberry, my eyesight improves when I have my eye exam every.single.time.  My eye doctor scratches his head in confusion that my eyesight is improving and brushes off my explanation when I try to say that it’s the power of bilberry.  That’s ok.  I’m thankful to know the secret myself and to be able to share it with those that are willing to listen. 🙂

While bilberries are the #1 berry for eyesight, other berries like blueberries and black currants are really good for the eyes too.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps to stop inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in the eyes.  Both of these conditions are associated with age-related loss of eyesight.  I personally really like these vitamin D drops.  They are tasteless and very inexpensive.  My girls and I supplement with these drops daily in the winter months when we aren’t receiving as much sunlight.

Healthy Food

Carrots

A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to vision problems.  1 medium carrot or 1/2 cup of chopped carrots has 210% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A.  (Source)  I’ve read one of Dr. Christopher’s testimonies of a man who drank a quart of carrot juice a day, plus followed any extremely healthy diet and healed his poor eyesight!  Bring on the carrots!

Spinach, Kale, and Other Greens

Lutein is an antioxidant that lowers your risk of macular degeneration.  It is found in greens like spinach, kale, broccoli, turnip greens, collard greens, zucchini, peas, and brussel sprouts.  View this page to read how to eat them.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks are very high in lutein.  Despite what media may say at times, I believe raw eggs are healthy for you IF they are from healthy free-range chickens!  Add them to smoothies and you’ll never know they’re there!

Omega 3’s

Omega 3 is another supplement that supports healthy eyesight.  Wild-caught salmon is a good source of Omega 3.  You can also take an Omega 3 supplement daily.

Using proper lighting and consuming these foods and supplements, you can help to prevent vision loss and improve your eyesight!

smiling female doctor without stethoscope

What natural ways do you care for your eyes?

Resources:

Mercola, J. (n.d.). Improve Your Eye Health with Vitamin D. Retrieved December 17, 2015, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/06/this-vitamin-found-to-rejuvenate-aging-eyes.aspx 
Mercola, J. (n.d.). Can Spinach Save Your Eyesight? Retrieved December 17, 2015, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/05/08/can-spinach-save-your-eyesight.aspx