Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

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Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:40 am

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It won't hurt to ease up (just a little bit) on the slip, slop, slap this summer. Just a few brief minutes without your sunscreen is all it will take to give you enough Vitamin D to provide valuable extra protection against the worst effects of CV19, if you're unfortunate enough to catch it.

You might also want to have some oily fish for New Year's dinner -- or at least as a side-serving.

I'd be interested to hear how many readers are actually taking vitamin D supplements during the shorter days of winter, I know I have.

So, given the bountiful research that indicates both vitamin D and reducing stress play an important part in supporting your immune system, I recommend we all get plenty of sun and fun this summer -- doctor's orders!
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Re: Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

Postby hagfish » Thu Sep 16, 2021 9:08 am

Perhaps vitamin D has a specific role to play, but it could simply imply that a person 'regularly gets outdoors' which is often an indicator of other healthy pursuits. As you say, "correlation =/= causation". Maybe if you drive from your 8pm takeaway-window shift to your 3am cleaning job, and crash into bed for five hours once the kids are off to school, you're less likely to be getting a balanced diet of fresh meat and leafy greens, less likely to get to a doctor when you need to, and more likely to suffer badly from Covid. It's likely your vitamin D is a bit low, too, but it may be that it's no more 'causal' than the likelihood of your having an Android phone. That said, I'll be sure to get out and bask whenever possible.
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Re: Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

Postby phill » Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:34 am

https://www.grida.no/resources/7130
and
https://www.ehinz.ac.nz/indicators/uv-e ... uv-levels/

might pay to check on
where the test was run ( ireland / scotland )
what your local average level is
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

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Re: Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

Postby phill » Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:01 pm

https://www.grida.no/resources/7125
purely as a postulation
but im wondering if vitamin d deficiency / levels have a wider effect on health than attributed
sp to our maori and island health problems
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

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Re: Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

Postby aardvark_admin » Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:18 pm

I believe a bigger effect may come from lifestyle choices. Maori are over-represented in smoking and obesity statistics I believe and both those factors are significant.
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Re: Get some sun this summer (16 Sep, 2021)

Postby phill » Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:43 pm

indeed they are
along with sedentary lifestyle and alcohol / drug abuse

it was more wondering if it could be a valid contributing factor / lower resilience
( after all the more obvious ones )
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