Hello one and all, as promised here is the very important and informative post Ty sent in for us. I Obara Meji am so blessed to be supported by you all and by that I mean your attention/attendance here daily. I thank you for being here with me always, Charles blogging from so far (Nigeria) I appreciate you sir, E’kabo! (welcome). Each and everyone of you inspire me and cheer me up daily. Ty like all of you, is a Gem worth more than diamonds, she brighta dan ten stadium bulb and yet so humble with her brilliance.
I have learned so much from all of you God sent folks here. On this blog site you will find the proof that quality bares the best fruit than quantity. God did not send me a bunch of Bafoons/dullards, instead he sent brilliant, worthy students and teachers for us to gather together and share love, laughter, comfort, teach Nunu how fi wear heels, find MTH a mawga man wid ah hell of ah nose, pass wisdom and laugh while begging ourselves not to turn Yazzy in for the $50.00 and a tin ah Milo dung ah Bellevue.
Cami is mi twin given away at birth, I have never seen somebody so close to me in personality, I just love you Cami, and no weapon formed against you shall prosper, de odda day yuh threatened to stay away from the blog, and I ws cool, but behind your back me Kia, Ty and Nunu wuk ah piece ah Juju pon yuh fi stop yuh from go whey and seet deh yuh come back widouuten knowing ah ting! Confession is good fi de soul, how could you leave us, no it nuh possible, we love yuh too much.
This week I have received five emails from people who loves us here on Embracing Spirituality, Caroline from the UK, says “it is so refreshing to see wisdom mixed in with humor”, she says she loves the blog and shares it with her friends, she says its like a good novel you just cannot put down. She is trying to get up the nerve to blog with us. We welcome you whenever you are ready.
Shana says she loves the blog and can really see how close we all are and that we love each other, she also is working on her nerves to join us, and she is welcome.
Josh says, he reads everyday and he is also learning patois as he is Caucasian but he finds the challenge very soothing and he pats himself on the back when he gets the understanding of a hard word, welcome Josh. Lorna and Maribel, Welcome. teeA (who is Nigerian) come as you like, so the peepers are becoming a little more comfortable, and the emails are coming in.
Also the email for initiations inquiry have been coming in, so the response to the post has been good. We are progressing, our blog is growing and to Osun and Orunmila, and Olodumare we give the glory and praise…Ase!
I thank you all, Sea Queen, welcome…Spiritual Seeker we are always happy to see you. Courtney, I so appreciate you!
Today lets us learn of the great benefits of Vitamin D, information given to us by our trusted Sister TY, and trust mi, she never Google nutten, de ooman is learned! She love we and she nah guh tell we nutten wrong, Thank you Ty!
Vitamin D by TY
A few weeks ago MTH had asked me to write about winter blues. She wanted to delve more into why people got more depressed during this time of year. I can understand this concern. Who would be depressed with thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas boxing day, and new years all string together? This got me to think about vitamin D and the role it plays in our body.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. This means that it can be more readily stored by the body, as opposed to water soluble vitamins that are easily eliminated in your urine. There are three forms of vitamin D. The first type, vitamin D1, is made by your skin when you go out in the sun. This however is not the active form, that the body can readily use. It has to go to the liver to be hydroxylated to make vitamin D2, or 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], also known as calcidiol. This form is also not the active form and not readily available for use. It too has to undergo another hydroxylation. The second hydroxylation occurs in the kidneys to form 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D [1,25(OH)2D], also known as calcitriol. Vitamin D3 or calcitriol is the active form that the body can readily use.
Some of the many things vitamin D is used for are:
- calcium and phosphorous balance
- bone growth and maintenance
- cell growth
- neuromuscular and immune function
- reduction of inflammation
- gene modulation and cancer protection ( especially colon, prostate, and breast cancer)
- So when it is low you can imagine the devastation. You can have your vitamin D level check when you get your blood checked. And you guessed it, ask for them to check your 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D, the active form. If the levels are below 30, you should consider taking a supplement. Typically the replacement dose for adults is 2000 IU daily for six months and the maintenance dose about 400 to 800 IU daily according to your dietary intake of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many things, some common ones are:
- increased cancer risk
- worsening thyroid problems
- winter blues
- muscle aches
- joint pains
Foods that are rich in vitamin D include cod liver oil, salmon, tuna, yogurt, sardines, liver, eggs, and swiss cheese. Some breads, cereals, milk, and margarine are fortified with vitamin D (i.e. it is added to them). Please note that breast feed babies MUST be given vitamin D supplements for proper bone growth because breast milk does not have enough vitamin D to support health bone growth. Also with everything, there should be balance, so please do not overdose. extremely high level can be toxic, and since it is a fat soluble vitamin, it is hard to remove toxic levels.
Ok, so now we have the basics about vitamin D, lets get to MTH’s question, winter blues. Winter blues is also called Season Affective Disorder. It can have all the symptoms of regular depression such as decreased energy, increased appetite, increased need or desire for sleep, lost of interest in usually pleasurable activities, irritability, and weight gain. It however does not happen all year like regular depression but typically happens during the winter months or during the same season each year. It is believed that it occurs more in the winter season because the days are shorter and so there is decreased sunlight. This coupled with colder temperature and increased time spent indoors, all give a recipe for lower vitamin D levels. So if you are feeling the winter blues this year, consider going out in the sun more, taking a vitamin D3 supplement or eating more vitamin D rich foods.
I am sure there are many other reasons for the winter blues and people being more depressed during this time of year. i just wanted to address just one of the myriad of possibilities. I hope you learned something and that we can have a great discussion on vitamins.
Ilẹ̀ kì í le kaka kó le koko kí imú ẹlẹ́dẹ̀ má rí i tú. /
The ground can’t be so hard that the pig won’t be able to poke it with its snout……Yoruba Proverb!
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life only lessons learned!
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.