At Body Ecology, our mission is to improve the health and happiness of adults and children. Along the way, we discovered Meg Brown, former corporate executive, single mom of two adopted boys and Body Ecology follower. Meg’s focus on empowering parents to create healthy, happy families is what inspired this Conscious Parenting column. You can follow Meg and her family’s journey at www.ConsciousFamilyJournal.com.
Who knew that a week at Disney World could be good for your family’s health?
We are happily spending two weeks in Florida right now. While the kids were equally excited about the prospect of spending time with Grandma, Grandpa and Mickey Mouse, I was looking forward to something else: Sunshine.
I love my parents dearly, but I was craving the sunshine... and I knew that my children and I all needed a healthy shot of the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D.
We all need adequate amounts of vitamin D. It is an essential ingredient when it comes to absorbing calcium and building healthy bones in children and adults. It also plays an important role in creating a strong immune system by helping your body defend against chronic low grade inflammation.
According to new research, vitamin D may even help protect against serious conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.1
Unfortunately, about 40% of the US population suffers from a vitamin D deficiency.
The bad news? Many people don’t get enough healthy sun exposure.
In fact, if you live above a line drawn from Los Angeles, CA to Columbia, SC, chances are good that you and your children do not receive adequate sunlight to produce needed amounts of vitamin D throughout the year.2
Some caveats: The further you are from the equator, the weaker the sunlight and the more exposure is required. Also, darker skinned family members will absorb sunlight at a slower rate and therefore need additional exposure time.4
For those of you lucky enough to live on the beach in Mexico, increase your sunscreen applications accordingly. And invite me for a visit, please.
Why not create your own “après ski” space right in your own backyard? Find a spot that is protected from the wind, but exposed to the sun. Put out a couple Adirondack chairs and throw a log in the fire-pit. Blast some party music through your outdoor speakers. Circle the troops and turn your faces into the sun.
Get your Vitamin D with fermented foods and drinks! Delicious raw cultured butter and tasty, calming fermented milk kefir are satisfying, feel good food sources of vitamin D. You can make your own cultured butter and milk kefir with Body Ecology’s Culture Starter and Kefir Starter . Or buy both today for a 10% discount!
Keep in mind that it takes time (months) to reverse a chronic vitamin D deficiency.5 Start now, to help your children build healthy bones and healthy habits to last a lifetime.
And now, I think I’ll go take a walk in the sun.
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