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Vitamin D When The Sun Don't Shine

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There are readers of the "Don't Diet Digest" from all over the world,
so forgive me if you aren't currently plunged into the gloomy, five-
month long winter up here in the Northeast.
Within the last few weeks I've noticed a change in my health--less
energy, an underlying melancholy, more aches and pains, and just
a general malaise.
Suddenly, it came to me--it's March!  And we've had quite a difficult
winter.  February was cold and dreary, and March has been wet
and dreary.  (Still cold, too.)  
I did some research online and realized that I may be a victim of
low levels of vitamin D.  Whether you're experiencing symptoms
like me or not, vitamin D is essential to your health, so let's do a 
quick run-down on what it is, what it does, and where you can get
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin.  It helps your body absorb calcium.
Most of us get our vitamin D from sunshine.  Our skin takes the sun's
rays and manufactures vitamin D naturally (isn't that amazing?).  So,
obviously, if you live here in the Northeast and you don't see the sun
for five months at a mean, you don't see the sun as much
as someone who lives in Florida, then chances are you  don't get
enough vitamin D.  
How much do we need?
  • Ages 19-50: 200 International Units (IU)
  • Ages 51-69: 400 IU
  • Age 70 and older: 600 IU
Once we turn 50, our skin's ability to convert vitamin D declines, so
those enjoying the second half of life need to make sure they're getting
vitamin D from other sources. Women are especially vulnerable, with
menopause and decreased vitamin D production resulting in higher
risk of osteoporosis.  In one study, 50% of women hospitalized for
hip fractures were found to have vitamin D deficiencies.
What are food sources of vitamin D?  Hold your nose--get ready:
  • Cod Liver Oil, 1 Tbs: 1,360 IU
  • Salmon, cooked, 3 1/2 oz: 360 IU
  • Mackerel, cooked, 3 1/2 oz: 345 IU
  • Sardines, canned in oil, drained, 3 1/2 oz: 270 IU
  • Milk, nonfat, reduced fat, and whole, vitamin D fortified, 1 c: 98 IU
  • Dry cereal, Vitamin D fortified w/10% of the recommended daily value,
    3/4 c: 40-50 IU (other cereals may be fortified with more or less vitamin D)
  • Liver, beef, cooked, 3 1/2 oz: 30 IU
  • Egg, 1 whole (vitamin D is present in the yolk): 25 IU
Yikes. That's just a nasty list!
Thankfully, there are vitamin D supplements and fish oil supplements 
available, not to mention all-natural cod liver oil for those who are more 
If you currently use a multivitamin, check to make sure you're getting the
recommended IU for your age group.
I've never really been bothered by the climate here before, but I have at
least two friends that use sunlight-simulation "happy lights" during the
winter.  Another good solution!
Thankfully, spring is only about a month away...
Do you remember the special letter I sent out around New Year's about
SiteBuildIt!, the all-in-one package I've used since 2003 to build websites
and create an online business?  They were running a 2-for-1 special, which some of you took advantage of.
Now they've just introduced eLearning, an online course that walks students through the process of researching their market, setting up their site, and fine-tuning their online business. 
It's just like a distance learning college course--in fact, SBI!'s site-building
process is currently taught in colleges and universities like The Citadel, Penn State and Dawson College, so the eLearning course is totally based on the actual college experience.
Instructors are "real people" who have used SBI! to build sites and successful businesses...I have to say, I had very few college professors who'd actually "done" what it was they were teaching.
Classes are limited to 12 students and involve homework with videos, virtual blackboards, free conference calls and real-time chats for classroom interaction.
Even better, you can now get a year's worth of SBI! hosting and tools, plus the full hands-on, college-level course for less than the cost of one course when I started college--and that was back in 1986! 
If this economy has you thinking about starting another stream of income (and you should), if you can spare an hour a day, if you'd like the security of guided learning--check out the special page I created on eLearning at my new budget site:

And remember, no passing notes in class!  :-)
I hope you have a great week.  I have a very busy weekend coming up--
first dance competition for my dear daughters.
And don't forget St. Patrick's Day!  Both my great-grandparents emigrated
from Ireland, so I may be celebrating a tad.  I hope you do something
"green" and fun yourself.
Until next week--keep it real!


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