Celebrate those rituals and don't forget the vit D!
With summer here in The Southern Hemisphere, the sun is out for longer periods of time during the day, allowing us to get all the vitamin D we need. Vitamin D has received a lot of attention lately regarding its immune benefits specifically. But did you know it is also well-researched for its uses in treating and preventing various ailments such as high blood pressure, depression and hypertension, to name a few. And there’s another reason why vitamin D is an essential vitamin – girls who are deficient in vitamin D begin puberty at a much younger age than girls who are not, placing them at a higher risk for breast cancer. Spend three to 15 minutes outdoors if you have a light skin and 15 to 30 minutes outdoors for darker skin tones in midday, unobstructed sun with 40% of your skin exposed. This will provide most people with a protective vitamin D level (up to 50 000 IU of Vitamin D in the next 24 hours).
My ‘baby' girl will be celebrating her 21st birthday next week and I am reminded of the importance of rituals. All over the world, past and present, cultures and societies practice rituals that signify an event in a person’s life indicative of a transition from one stage to another. These are often referred to as ‘rites of passage’ and often dismissed as primitive, unnecessary or religious. Examples of rites of passage include graduation ceremonies, 21st birthdays, weddings, retirement parties, even divorce celebrations and funerals.
Such events lose their real meaning and impact when you just go through the motions and do not appreciate the significance of the transition. Incomplete rituals may therefore be incomplete transitions. Rites of passage provide purpose and function at both the individual and the group level. The change can be seen in a positive light. Participate in rituals, because together you will assist each other in coping with the stress of the event, share in the milestone and provide meaning for the change.
May you be happy, may your life be long and may you be well.
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