As you may know, our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. If you’re very, very careful, you might be able to get most of your vitamin D via sun exposure, as long as you don’t overdo it, since too much sun can lead to skin cancer. Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D. of Boston University, a leading expert on vitamin D, says the skin is so efficient at making “D” that exposure to the sun in a bathing suit for the amount of sun needed to turn skin red (typically no more than 15-20 minutes on Cape Cod in June or July at noon) is equivalent to taking 20,000 IU of vitamin D orally! Spending 15 to 20 minutes in the sun a few times a week in the summer can bump up your vitamin D levels. But don’t forget to coat yourself with sunscreen after that.
Making savvy food choices, and being a warrior for your health, is foundational to living The Omni Lifestyle. Don’t let the container your food occupies sabotage your health! According to Prevention News, there are over 4,000 hazardous chemicals contaminating our food supply.
The laundry list of dangerous and synthetic substances include bisphenol A (AKA BPA - a plastic polymer used to line aluminum cans), polyethylene terephthalate (used in water bottles, soda cans, and other drink containers), asbestos in rubber packaging, parabens, and the list goes on and on.
Being on the Omni Diet doesn’t mean you have to eat at home for the rest of your life (although I hope you’ll give fast food restaurants a permanent pass). But it does mean becoming more thoughtful about where you eat and what you order. The more comfortable you become with the diet, the easier it will be to communicate your needs and ask for — yes! — some special treatment. Don’t think you’re the only one who asks restaurant chefs and managers for help. What about those folks with diabetes or potentially lethal food allergies or any number of conditions that require dietary adjustments?