During February I lost my mojo, yes the irony for someone who runs the Mojo Coaching Club!
I had one of those colds at end of January and just didn't recover. Lots of people are impacted with these colds and bugs and me more so with having M.E./CFS. However, I'm constantly looking for cures. I've felt amazing since I became self employed and this backwards step really annoyed me, so I decided to get a vitamin D test done online. I expected it to be low, but not as low as it came back. And with it I realised I didn't understand enough about this vital vitamin (hormone) - as I did more and more research it became more and more evident that every single symptom I have, which I have related to my M.E./CFS, is actually a symptom of Vitamin D deficiency.
Yet more irony that I do not have enough of the Sunshine vitamin in my system when my name means Sunshine.
In my job before I became a coach I worked in an office in a basement. I ate my lunch in the office, though even if I had eaten in the canteen I'd have only walked upstairs. I could easily arrive in the morning and not leave work until it was dark or dusk (even in the summer). The job previous to this had been the same - not a basement but in the eaves of the building with very little daylight. Now admittedly I would not have got vitamin D through windows of an office, but in both environments I had no idea what the weather was outside and didn't see daylight. It was in the last few months of this former job that I fell ill.
My previous jobs had been different, I'd been out "on the road" driving between factories and could easily have lunch breaks outside. But in the latter 2 jobs there wasn't anywhere to eat outside. The one you could walk into town but the other you couldn't. Now I work for myself and have a window overlooking my garden, I realise how the lack of daylight may have really impacted me on so many levels.
Sunshine and daylight are so important to all life on this planet and we can take it for granted. Not only does it help with regulating our hormone levels for sleep, but also allows our bodies to manufacture vitamin D which is essential for every function in our bodies.
When I look back to when I first became ill it was in February 2010 - when I look back February is always the time I feel ill. Back in 2010 I was diagnosed over the phone by the doctor with swine flu, I didn't see a doctor about my condition for over 8 weeks as they kept doing the conversations over the phone. By the time we got to doing blood tests it was May/June and I'd spent quite some time off work sick but been outside (as I felt better when in the garden). I have no idea if I was tested for vitamin D deficiency at the time. But perhaps this is the answer to the problems I've been having?
When I check the internet there is so much information about Vitamin D deficiency and a lot of it you have to be careful of. But what is clear is that we do not understand enough about how sunshine impacts our lives. We are told about skin cancer, but not really explained how important it is to be outside more often and how to "recharge" with vitamin D in a safe way.
I'm now on extra strength vitamin D supplements for 7 days, I'm reviewing my diet and ensuring I spend even more time outdoors (so much easier when you are self employed). Today I went for a walk in knee length joggers and a t-shirt. I've always thought people were mad for doing this in the cold, but at a brisk pace it was fine and showed enough skin to get some sunshine. In the summer I'll need to expose for a short period of time and then put on the sun screen, but ensure I do spend some time without to get my vitamin D levels. It's a delicate balance. I've learnt its hard to get all your requirements from food alone and as I suffer with IBS I may struggle to absorb vitamin D. I'm now reading everything I can on the other vitamins and minerals we need in our lives, as I really don't understand enough. But if you're getting reoccurring coughs and colds, aches and pains etc. then get checked out for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Really think about what are you doing to get some sunshine in your life? Make sure you are getting outside each day, most people in the Northern hemisphere are vitamin D deficient. And as you get older, or the darker your skin, the harder it is to produce vitamin D. But equally we need daylight to help with sleep too.
I'll keep you posted how I feel over the coming weeks and what the results are of my next blood test in 4-6 weeks time.
I hope this makes you stop and think and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. That small ache or pain, that little niggle, check it out. Listen to your body and help it heal itself. Get outside every day, get some daylight. Even if it's snowing, raining - make sure you connect with the hours of day and night to keep you in sync with you and the planet.