Daily Archives: May 17, 2010

soaking up some Vitamin D

Hello folks!  After a weeklong bout of yucky weather…it was glorious and sunny all weekend long.  I made a point of trying to soak up as much sun as humanely possible (wearing sunscreen of course!).  Being outside was definitely an endorphin-booster, not to mention a great way to get some good old fashioned vitamin D.  According to the Mayo Clinic “The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. Recently, research also suggests vitamin D may provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.”  Sounds pretty sweet to me.

On my quest to worship the sun gods, D suggested that we take a little trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  Of course we ended up walking about two miles around the outside fence of the park until we could find the entrance (which was actually where we started).  But it was most definitely worth the half an hour detour:

Definitely a good place to bring a book, pack up some healthy snacks, and spend an afternoon.  Enjoy the rest of monday!