According to an article from Sparkpeople.com, a lack of vitamin D has been blamed for a plethora of health problems, but more targeted research should continue for diseases such as:
- Cancer. Preliminary research suggests that vitamin D has an anti-cancer benefit. It may stop the growth and progression of cancer cells and be beneficial during cancer treatment, too.
- Hormonal problems. Vitamin D influences the functions of insulin, rennin, serotonin and estrogen—hormones involved with health conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, depression and premenstrual syndrome.
- Obesity. Some research shows that a vitamin D deficiency can interfere with the "fullness" hormone leptin, which signals the brain that you are full and should stop eating.
- Inflammation. Vitamin D may help control the inflammation involved with periodontal disease, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- Weakened immune system. Vitamin D may play a role in a strengthening your immune system, especially in autoimmune disorders (when the body attacks itself) like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The reason that I bring up Vitamin D and my (personally) dreadful process of being checked (then rechecked) is because it is time for me to get checked, yet again. I should have gotten the bloodwork done weeks ago, but I had a good excuse! I was in my friends wedding and I didn't want a bruise on my arm for the big day. I know, I know. I need to get it done! It is my hope to muster up the courage to get my bloodwork done by the end of this week, or early next week. After the bloodwork, I am going to comply with the prescription and really try to go back to get rechecked. Learning what I have from the article from sparkpeople has really motivated me to get going on this! Vitamin D is so important and now that I know this, I have no excuse not to try to get my body in balance!
In other news, I just recently realized that I have only 6 more months to complete all of the items listed in my 25 by 25 List. The items that I am referring to are listed, below:
1. Try 25 new recipes (22/25 done)
3. Try 3 new bike/walking trails (1/3 done)
5. Read 5 books regarding healthy living (2/5 done)
6. Post 5 video blog recipes (1/5 done)
7. Reach "Onederland"
8. Go on 12 dates with my husband (4/12 complete)
9. Treat myself with a professional massage
10. Travel out of state 3 times (2/3 complete)
11. Crochet a blanket
12. Cook something for our mothers, "just because"
14. Invite my father-in-law over for dinner 5 times (2/5 done)
17. Go canoeing
18. Swing dance in Cleveland
22. Complete a home project
23. Take our dog on 10 walks and blog about them (5/10 done)
One of the reasons I am not further along on some items listed would be because I forget to blog about them. For instance, I know that my husband and I have been on more than 4 dates this year, and I know that I have taken my dog for more than 5 walks, too!
The 4th date that I am blogging about is one that occured this past weekend. My husband asked if he could take me out for lunch at a local restaurant that we rarely ever visit. We both had fish and fries with a side of cottage cheese. We also ordered cheese sticks.
|My cute husband :)|