What Scares Me The Most About December 21, 2012

It’s Not What You Might Think. 

Each day brings us one day closer to December 21, 2012; the day that doomsday forecasters and the Mayans believe the world will come to an end.  The prediction that the world will end on 12/21/12 is a hoax.  But, December 21 is when the winter solstice occurs.  If you live on the North Pole you will experience a full day of darkness; the South Pole will be lit up for 24 hours.

Scientists say there will be no catastrophic calamity on 12/21/12.

Scientists say there will be no catastrophic calamity on 12/21/12.

Where I live the sun will rise at 7:14 a.m. and set at 4:35 p.m.  December 21 is the shortest day of the year, and if that day is overcast I might as well be at the North Pole.  My body will have zero opportunity to produce Vitamin D on its own on that day and for many, many days thereafter.  It’s not of apocalyptic magnitude, but the impact that a shortage of the sunshine vitamin can have on my physical and mental health is worth paying attention to.

Vitamin D Is Critical To Physical Health

Vitamin D is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins and is essential for optimal health.  It is absent from all natural foods except fish and egg yolks, which makes it difficult to get enough Vitamin D from diet alone.  Even when we consume foods that are ‘fortified’ with Vitamin D, our body has to transform it so that it can be used.

Your body makes its own Vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight.  The sun’s energy turns a chemical in your skin into Vitamin D.  It then travels to your liver and kidneys where it becomes active. Having sufficient amounts of Vitamin D are important for a number of reasons; the primary one being bone health.  Vitamin D keeps the bones strong by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium.

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