Vitamin D[ee]

The Sun: Source. Light. Life. Energy.

August 2010

As Summer comes to an end I am relieved to finally escape the humidity that is Summer in Kagoshima. The flying ash, the sticky feeling, the incessant murkiness tends to keep one inside, in the A/C all the time. Cool but not good.

Before I came to Japan, my friends and I would try to go to the beach at least once a week. As long as the sun was out we would be at the beach, laying out, having fun. Frolicking between the waves. Beach was our Religion. Those were simpler times, more carefree. A life of eternal Summer.
Then I moved to a country which has 4 distinct seasons. Worst of them all being the freezing winters and the humid summers.

Hence why I only went to the beach 3 times this Summer. Shock. I know. Once in Ja (big ups to my girlies!) and twice in Kagoshima (2 different beaches). The first time I went to Iso beach I barely got 15 minutes of sun time but lots and lots of awesome pictures of the volcano burping.

In Ja, it was magical, majestic. The rain came and cooled the earth, then we lay in the sun and swam between the waves. I miss my home. so much.

Back in Kagoshima I was determined to hit the beach again. This time it was a HUGE success. Sufficient sun time, snorkeling, sunbathing, floating, swimming, THE WORKS. I heart the beach!

Yet I still don't feel as if the Sun and I got to spend enough time together. So before it gets too cold to smile I will be venturing to the shores as often as possible to top up on my Vitamin D.

Which brings me back to the topic: Vitamin D.

Simply put, Vitamin D is a vitamin produced in the body when UV rays from the Sun enter the skin. It promotes healthy kidney and liver function, healthy bones and a healthy life overall. Without Vitamin D we (especially black ppl) run the risk of developing osteoporosis, cancers as well as a host of debilitating diseases. It may even drive you mad!

Basically, without the Sun we're all doomed. I never thought much about this before coming to Japan. Since I lived in perpetual Summer in Jamaica I never had to consider actually going without the Sun and so I suppose I was getting my fair share of Vitamin D. You don't know what you have till you have to live without it eh?

However, since I tend to hibernate during the winter months, unless I take vitamin supplements I run the risk of getting sick from of a lack of sunlight.

Can you believe that? And to think we've been taught that too much sunlight is bad for you. Actually I always laugh after my lighter friends when they complain about sunburn. I personally have never been sunburnt because God made me with built-in sunblock. Sure, I may get really hot, but I never burn.

Now, I have to be more conscious about my Sun intake. Especially as Winter approaches.
I think I'll do my Sun salutation [Yoga] exercises in the morning as often as possible, eat healthier, drink more water and take my vitamin supplements.

As well as just taking the time to spend a little face time with the Sun. After all, my life depends on it. And so does yours.


needs the sun.light

Nadya "Vitamin" Dee