What’s the RDA for Vitamin L?
I discussed Vitamin L at some length in my 1000-page encyclopedia Staying Healthy with Nutrition along with all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients essential for optimal health. Vitamin L is not well known, but it really is a remarkable substance. Even a small amount can have a significant effect and yet it is nearly impossible to take too much. While there are no negative side effects, some people report experiencing light-headedness and even euphoria. On the other hand, Vitamin L deficiency can have serious consequences.
Of course, this was my half-humorous way of talking about the importance of Love in our lives! Also as an ingredient in the food that we or others prepare and eat.
At this time of year with Valentine’s day and love in the air, I want to go beyond the usual, often romantic associations of the day with our partner, family, or friends. Let’s look at some other aspects of love that I believe are important for health
A key transformation in my own health care was when, as a young doctor exploring more natural and traditional forms of healing, I started to see my own body in a whole new way. My attitude became “This is the only body I have, and I am going to treat it with love.” Once we develop this approach, giving our body some vitamin L, we develop an internal commitment to being healthy. We see our body as our home and we want to treat it with the same kind of care and respect that we’d apply to the place where we live.
In fact, we have three real homes and both of them need our love and support – the first is our body, the only one we have, and the second is our personal abode and keeping it clean and organized. Our third, and likely most important in the long term, is Planet Earth, from which our body is made and without which we cannot survive. All of these homes need our attention and our care and our love.
If we wish to create peace and health in our body, we must develop some devotion to conscious and conscientious care that enhances our energy and vitality. This can be simple:
- It starts with good food;
- Plus, a sustainable fitness program;
- Then getting proper sleep;
- Learning to minimize stress; and
- Developing a positive attitude, which includes lots of Vitamin L!
I call these the 5 Keys to Staying Healthy. When we learn to care for ourselves in this way, it can carry over to our work and personal relationships and we can be part of creating peace in all areas of our life. I have created a free online course here on my website to help you assess your lifestyle in these 5 keys areas and make a plan to improve where you can. Check it out HERE
I also believe that we need a broader perspective about our lifestyle and its effect on the health of the planet as a whole. Fortunately, many of the wise choices we can make for our personal health and what we consume can also benefit the environment. For example, eating more local and organic foods means avoiding the produce of factory farms and the use of fertilizers and pesticides with their toxic residues and damage to wildlife. It also means using less gasoline and trucks for food to travel. Eating less fast or packaged food has a similar result and also reduces landfill-bound waste. Meat production is a major contributor to climate change and deforestation, so a diet with less meat is also doubly beneficial. There are many such examples that I discuss in my Staying Healthy book trilogy: Staying Healthy with the Seasons, Staying Healthy with Nutrition and most recently, Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine and here on my website.
I hope this more expansive view of love and health is helpful and I will end withone of my favorite quotes that I often use at the end of emails. It is attributed to the now legendary musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
Happy Valentine’s season!
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