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Dishing It Up for September 2020

 Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Dishing It Up

Doubling Down in Dishing It Up: The “D” issue…

Vitamin D deficiency may raise risk of getting COVID-19, study finds
Dishing Up Vitamin D – 7 Healthy Foods That Are High in Vitamin D
Dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness
Disco
Doubling Down
Do Me a Favour?

Here’s a taste of each from the sampler platter…

Sampler Platter

Vitamin D deficiency may raise risk of getting COVID-19, study finds
“Patients who had vitamin D deficiency (< 20ng/ml) that was not treated were almost twice as likely to test positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus compared to patients who had sufficient levels of the vitamin.”
Read more…  And see Doubling Down, below, to read about the first clinical trial to support vitamin D therapy for Covid-19.

Dishing Up Vitamin D – 7 Healthy Foods That Are High in Vitamin D
Your body is capable of making all the vitamin D it needs from the sun during summer.  And you can get some vitamin D from food, with the greatest natural concentrations found in the “fishy phylum”.  But if you spend much time indoors and aren’t a fish fan, it would be wise to supplement.  And in winter I would recommend that all North Americans supplement (see Doubling Down, below, for more on why).  But if you like fish (and dislike cod liver oil) then wild salmon is your best bet.  “Wild salmon contains about 988 IU of vitamin D per serving, while farmed salmon contains 250 IU, on average. That’s 124% and 32% of the DV, respectively.”
Read more… And see Doubling Down, below, for 14 wonderful ways to wow your family and friends with wild salmon.

Dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness 
The study concludes that “dance may have been an important human behaviour evolved to encourage social closeness between strangers.”  But these days, of course, it is important not to get too close.
Read more… And see Doubling Down, below, for a link to virtual dance classes from my local dance centre.

Disco
Or disco running, in my case.  I know I am always going on about Aaptiv but it is hands-down the best money I ever spent to keep me fitness-motivated.  And that’s because the trainers make it so much fun.  This morning I did the Disco Fun Run with JJ Thornhill.  It was a recovery run, which was a good thing since I just had to sing along the whole way.  So it was also a good thing I was in the middle of nowhere at the time.  I love his amazing playlists.  Perhaps that’s because, as well as being an awesome trainer, he is a musician himself.
And, Is It True That Music Can Actually Help You Run Faster?  Yes, I can personally attest to this and the linked story explains why.

Doubling Down
This month, I’m doubling down with extra links related to each story:

Not only does Vitamin D sufficiency reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 but “Oral calcifediol, the main metabolite of vitamin D3, reduced ICU admission from 50% to 2% among Covid-19 patients” as shown in The First Clinical Trial to Support Vitamin D Therapy For Covid-19.  And read more about the importance of Vitamin D for the Dark Days of Winter (yes, it is almost that time)…

Wow your family and friends with wild salmon:  14 Wild Salmon Recipes that Bring Out the Best in the Local Catch

It gave me happy-feet to hear that the Adult Beginner Jazz classes at Propel Dance Centre are returning both in person and via Zoom this fall (starting next week)!  I really missed them when the in-person classes had to be cancelled in early spring as Chenise is a fabulous instructor.  So I invite you to check them out.  You will get all the benefits of dancing in synchrony while remaining at an appropriate social distance.

But if you’d rather disco dance on your own at home, here’s a Disco Fever playlist for you.  Or, while not technically disco, the soundtrack to EuroVision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga will also get you moving.  And this crazy Will Ferrell film will definitely get you laughing.  If you watch the movie, keep an eye out for Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley in a star turn.

Do Me a Favour?
Would you do me a favour, please and thanks, and send me your ideas/requests for upcoming menus.  Your suggestions always inspire me and I would love to hear from you!
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