Mens sana in corpore sano
A popular and widely used quote that comes from classical Latin meaning a healthy mind in a healthy body.
That is true but the opposite is also true.
When you think stress, when you behave in a stressful way, when you believe stress is what keeps you going, then your body becomes uncomfortable, not at ease and if you keep on thinking stress your body will create indigestion, ulcers, gastritis and even insomnia.
Another popular quote is “You are what you eat.”
Perhaps you know that your brain is directly connected with your digestive system through the vagus nerve.
Perhaps you have experienced feeling sluggish after having a very heavy meal.
Perhaps you have even thought that you are so full and uncomfortable that you cannot even think.
That is the very reason nutritionists recommend you have a balanced meal and an early dinner.
Perhaps you then choose to have balanced meals to optimise your mind and your body functions.
As the mind and body are connected, as what you think has a great influence on how your body behaves, here’s some more food for thought:
You are what you think.
Thoughts are not random. You choose what you think.
No one can think for you unless you choose to allow them to do so.
If you choose thoughts that sabotage you, thoughts that limit your potential and drag you down and if you do this for long enough, you will become that person through your behaviour.
When you think about yourself, you think that you are not good enough, that you are rubbish, you will never get the job you want or worse you don’t deserve to have what you want, eventually, you will assume a pessimistic attitude towards life. And as your mind and your body are connected, your body will become uncomfortable, not at ease, in other words, disease.
Now, if you choose thoughts that support you, encourage and motivate you to keep going till getting what you want, your body will respond accordingly.
By the same token, when you think you are good enough, you can and want to achieve your goals and again most importantly you deserve to get what you want, your body will respond by becoming comfortable and at ease.
The connection between your mind and your body will be at their optimum.
As you choose what you eat, choose what you think.
Think best and you become your best.
About the Author
Regina Brancato-Dunderdale is the founder of Regina Hypnotherapist. Born in Brazil, Regina started her career as a teacher to then discover NLP and hypnotherapy after her career took her to Angola, south-west Africa, where civil war still ravaged the country.
Years later, in London, a friend introduced her to NLP and hypnotherapy and she was amazed at how quickly and effectively it changed her life for the better.
Regina is now a Trainer of NLP and Hypnosis, specialising in treating phobias, overcoming anxiety and controlling your emotions.
How to get vitamin C and D naturally
Eating more fruits and vegetables is the best way to increase your vitamin C intake naturally, for vitamin D, food counts but sunlight is the main provider. From spring to Autumn, most people should be able to make all the vitamin D they need from natural sunlight on their skin, but during winter supplements are advised.
Vitamin C is known as an essential vitamin, which means your body can’t produce it. Vitamin D can only be produced by our bodies with the help of sunlight.
What food has vitamin C and D?
Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of citrus fruits and vegetables such as oranges and orange juice, peppers, strawberries, kiwi fruit, blackcurrants, kale, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and potatoes.
As well as sunlight, vitamin D can be found in breakfast staples like eggs (yolks), milk, as well as in some mushrooms, oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel – red meat, liver and fortified foods – such as some fat spreads, orange juice and breakfast cereals.
How much vitamin C & D do we need?
Adults aged 19 to 64 need 40mg of vitamin C a day, according to the NHS, which you should be able to get from your daily diet. But it is important to note that intake of vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day to maintain the required vitamin C levels.
While of course, it is best to get your vitamin C intake from foods, many people turn to vitamin C supplements to meet their needs. Our Good Healthy Naturally’s Camu Camu C Vitamin capsules have an extremely high dose of vitamin C because the Camu Camu berries are harvested while they are still green – the moment when they have the highest content.
Zooki water-soluble vitamins are convenient, easy to mix, and great-tasting. Enjoy their Liposomal Vitamin C sachets straight from the packet onto a spoon or mix into water, kefir, smoothies, shakes, or drizzle over fruit or salads.
Studies show that from childhood right through to adulthood your body needs a 10 micrograms dose of vitamin D a day. From the end of March right through to September, vitamin D is in abundance from the sun, but if you spend a limited time outside, or during the winter months, it’s not easy to get that much vitamin D through diet and sunlight alone.
Sunscreen lotions above SPF 15, smog and glass windows block the essential UVB rays the body needs to synthesise crucial vitamin D.
So, it is important that you invest in a vitamin D supplement, and we recommend Good Health Naturally’s Vitamin D3, which delivers a significant dose of Vitamin D3 as well as 100mg of Calcium from coral per capsule.
Or for those on the go, the Vitamin D3 and K2 spray are ideal as a pair of vitamins that contribute towards the maintenance of healthy bones, muscles, immune defence and heart health as well as supporting lung and respiratory health.
What does vitamin C and D do for the body?
The effects of vitamin C on the body, also known as ascorbic acid, include functions that help to protect cells and keep them healthy, maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage, help with wound healing and fight free radicals.
Vitamin C is often referred to as an antioxidant vitamin, limiting oxidative stress to the body, thereby lowering the risk of certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of gums and teeth, the immune system and the nervous system, gives a normal release of energy for use in the body, meaning a reduction of tiredness and fatigue and aides increased absorption of iron. Vitamin C also helps maintain the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise.
For centuries, Vitamin D was considered to be only essential to maintaining bone health, but recently more and more studies are linking Vitamin D to overall body wellness. The average healthy body can naturally synthesize about 10,000–15,000 IU of vitamin D3 in the skin within minutes of sun exposure.
The benefits of vitamin D are that it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate we have in our bodies, which are the nutrients that reduce the risk of issues with bones, teeth and muscles. Vitamin D helps to reduce the risks of falling due to posture instability and muscle weakness, which is a risk factor for fractures in men and women over 60.
It contributes to good calcium absorption from food into your bones, contributes to normal muscle function, promotes a healthy/good blood calcium level and has a positive effect on the immune system.
Can vitamin C and vitamin D be taken together?
Vitamin C and D can be taken together, and are often found in many multivitamins, such as our Good Health Naturally’s Active Life capsules. These have a unique and powerful formula, combining 130 nutrients in one capsule, including many vitamins and minerals, fulvic trace minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and much more.
Is vitamin C or D better for immune system?
By keeping blood levels high, Vitamin C it will not only decrease the symptoms and duration of colds and infections, but high-dose vitamin C may reduce the risk and the severity of dozens of diseases as well.
The benefits of taking vitamin C and D, and zinc, together stand out for having many immune system benefits and play roles in preserving physical tissue barriers. It has even been noted that the adequate intake of zinc and vitamins C and D may represent promising COVID-19 management.
Are there benefits to intravenous vitamins?
Intravenous (high-dose) vitamin C dates back to the 1940s, with documented life-saving evidence. However, in recently times, it has been noted that infusion of vitamins potentially puts the liver and kidneys under stress, and to go ahead without screening the liver and kidney function first is prohibited by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK.
These days the treatments are increasingly popular, particularly as a quick fix or hangover cure, but according to Sophie Medlin, who used to work as a clinical dietitian and as a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London. “Within a medical setting, we would never infuse anything intravenously, unless we absolutely had to.”
Therefore, it’s best to use the natural liposome delivery system. Liposomes are microscopic healthy fat particles used by our body to quickly reach our bloodstream. This technology has been used for many years to deliver certain drugs to specific tissues within the body without affecting the other parts of the body.
Years ago, researchers discovered that these liposomes could be filled with therapeutic agents and nutrients, so that the membrane of the liposome would hold in the nutrient and would not release it until it reached the bloodstream. They are one of the most promising routes for efficient drug, gene delivery and for vitamin and mineral supplements too.
Two of the most popular liposomal vitamins from our range include Liposomal Vitamin C Zooki and Liposomal Vitamin K2 D3 Magnesium Calcium capsules both of which provide therapeutic strengths of vitamin C and vitamin D3.
Check out our range of best vitamin C and D supplements which include a full range of Vitamunda Liposome products that are all made with the highest grade, certified non-GMO ingredients of the purest quality and are vegan friendly.
The transition between Fall and Winter and the days getting shorter with gloomy mornings and darker evenings throw many of us off balance. Many people are greatly affected by the changing pattern of daylight and darkness, often called the “winter blues.” You might not be feeling your best and be down, sad, irritable, or just less energised than usual. You might experience changes in appetite and difficulty in focusing and concentrating on tasks.
Tips to beat the winter blues:
🍋 Maximize exposure to sunlight and spend more time outdoors. When you are at home, open curtains and blinds. Whenever possible, sit outside on your porch or move furniture to sit near a window. Drive with the windows down in your car to get as much sunlight and fresh air as possible (if it’s warm enough). Light exposure and spending time outdoors can enhance your physical and mental wellbeing. Make sure that your vitamin D3 uptake is optimized.
🍋 Exercise and stay active. Make a sport or take a daily walk if you can. It will relieve stress, improve heart health, reduce blood pressure, help to control weight, and increase energy. Massage your muscles with oils after exercise to relieve stiffness and feel relaxed.
🍋 Eat well and stay hydrated. Be sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables in daily eating habits and choose seasonal products. Cook your meals and prioritise simplicity. A well-balanced and healthy diet is the first step to feeling better. Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals if you are unable to get them through food. Be sure to drink enough. Dehydration, even mild, can have a negative impact on your physical and mental performance.
🍋 Get enough sleep. It will help to regulate your emotions and to feel more energetic during the day. For a good quality sleep get in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and keep your bedroom a restful place where you can relax and allow your mind and body to be peaceful, letting go of your worries. Improve the quality of the air inside your bedroom, creating singlet oxygen energy from atmospheric air. Enhance your sleep and relaxation with natural supplementation and herb teas.
🍋 Clean and organise. A clutter-free home is more comfortable, and it is easier to unwind and find peace in a clean and well-organised space. Besides, the cleaner your space is, the less likely you are to attract dust mites or irritating allergies, which can make your winter blues more challenging to manage.
🍋 Do something you love and take extra time taking care of yourself. It will help to make you feel happier and more relaxed. You can enjoy a bath with magnesium flakes, listen to music, read a book, watch a film, reward yourself with something you want, cook your favourite food, or express yourself through creativity.
🍋 Connect, spend time with the family and make plans with friends. Strong social connections and getting others involved can relieve stress and boost the immune system. You can also help others feeling better, so everybody wins.
🍋 Pause and meditate. Take time for purposeful reflection and for thinking on positive things around you. It will boost your mood. Do whatever it takes to re-centre yourself.
🍋 Talk. Putting your feelings and thoughts into words will help you gain perspective and feel better. Plus, you see you are not alone. You might even find others are also experiencing the winter blues, and you can work together to lift one another’s spirits.
🍋 Spend time volunteering. It is a great way to stay busy, keep your mind focused on other things and increase self-confidence. Numerous mental health benefits come with helping others. There are many people, charities and organisations needing your help.