Okay, so you've changed your daily habits and incorporated a Christian meditation practice. You started eating right, cut back on secular indulgences, created a nice prayer mantra, and added inspirational reading material to your devotional time, but you still feel sad. How come?
The answer cold be as simple as vitamin D.
In a November 2014 study, scientists published a remarkable finding that links healthy levels of vitamin D in the body to prime physical health. The report also shows D's power to boost the positive mind and it may even protect against depression.
Dr. Alan E. Stewart, the person who led the study, stated,"Vitamin D levels fluctuate in the body seasonally, in direct relation to seasonally available sunlight." His research also identified the link between low levels of vitamin D and depression.
Professor Michael Kimlin, the study’s co-author, says maintaining healthy vitamin D levels in the body is one of the easiest things a person can do. He stated, “What we know now is that there are strong indications that maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D are also important for good mental health."
"A few minutes of sunlight exposure each day should be enough for most people to maintain an adequate vitamin D status.”
So how much sunlight are you supposed to get? Well there's are few opinions that, but most experts agree that exposing skin cells to the sun's UV-B rays for just 10 minutes, with no sunscreen, is enough for the body to manufacture about 10,000 international units of vitamin D.
Stephen Honig, MD, director of the Osteoporosis Center at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, in New York City, has stated that about 20 to 25 minutes of exposure can be very helpful in boosting D levels.
Naturally, if you have depression you need to consult a licensed physician right away. Additionally, before venturing out into the sun without sunscreen ask your doctor for advice.
If getting sun rays isn't your thing, or if your live in a region where exposure to sun beams is difficult then try incorporating healthy food options.
9 Amazingly Simple Foods That Boost Vitamin D
1. Fatty fish
Salmon, trout, mackerel, and tuna.
2. Fortified milk
Almost all types of cow's milk in the U.S. are fortified with vitamin D.
3. Some soy and rice milks
These products may also be fortified with vitamin D.
4. Some types of orange juice
Fortified orange juice can also contain vitamin D.
Dr. Honig points out, you don't run into the issue of skin cancer as you might with UV rays. Vitamin D supplements can help you get your proper daily dose. Too much vitamin D can be toxic, however, so consult your doctor before taking D supplements.
6. Egg yolks
Eggs are a convenient way to get vitamin D. One egg contains about 200 milligrams of cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 300 milligrams a day for a healthy heart.
7. Fortified cereal
Low-calorie fortified multi grain cereals can provide you with your daily fill of vitamin D. Mix your cereal with fortified milk and a glass of fortified OJ and you're good to go.
8. Beef liver
Not be the most appealing source in our list, but definitely qualifies. Cooked beef liver delivers vitamin D and several other key nutrients to the body. Beef liver is also high in cholesterol, so watch your consumption, fatty fish might be a better option.
9. Cod liver oil
Today you can buy flavored cod liver oil as a more palatable option from previous generations. Most common flavors are mint or citrus. Capsule form is also available.
Now you're ready to do marvelous things with your life. Keep practicing your Christian meditation discipline with Jesus, incorporate a few things from this article, and God's light will spring from inside.
God bless you. We're praying for you. See you in the kingdom.