Which Vitamins You Need In Summer
Do you ever give thought to vitamin supplements in summer? If you’re like me, probably not.
I mean, vitamins are for winter, right?
In summer there’s lots of fresh fruit and vegetables for vitamin C and antioxidants, you’re getting vitamin D in the sun, replenishing your skin with a little vitamin E.
… you’re on vacation, not eating at regular times, maybe indulging in some junk foods you wouldn’t normally buy.
Not to mention swimming in chlorinated water at the local swimming pool, and maybe even getting sunburn or two.
The truth is, your immune system is under attack in summer just as much as it is in winter.
Fresh foods will help alleviate the punishment, but here’s something you probably didn’t know.
Sunlight destroys folate in your body, also known as vitamin B9.
The fact that folate is destroyed by sunlight was demonstrated in Chinese nutrition study several years ago.
Researchers found that women in child bearing years had much lower folate levels in summer.
Now, if you’ve ever been pregnant, you know the importance of folate (also available as folic acid).
So, if you’re out in the sun this summer, especially if you’re pregnant, don’t forget about folate and/or folic acid.
Here’s something else you probably didn’t know…
Wheat allergies increase during the summertime.
Because vitamin F helps the body assimilate wheat. But if you get sunburned, the body sends all of its available vitamin F to the sunburned area to heal it.
For some people, that triggers an allergy to wheat.
To increase your intake of vitamin F, look for its common name: linoleic acid, which comes from poly-unsaturated fats like olive oil, grape seed oil, and sunflower oil.
Many people put these oils on their skin after being in the sun — an excellent idea!
Coconut oil helps too.
The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil not only help the body heal from a sunburn, but ward off wheat allergies, as a bonus.
That fact alone is a testament to the way God looks after us and why it makes sense to only eat foods that are in season.
Think about it. Wheat is not harvested until the fall. It’s meant to be eaten in fall and winter when the sun is not powerful enough to deplete vitamin F in your body, which triggers a wheat allergy.
Secondly, wheat does not grow well in the tropics, yet coconuts do… and they just happen to be good for a day spent in the tropics — under the sun.
No wonder coconut oil is good for sun-scorched skin!