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25 / September

 

Get Your "D" On: Take Cod Liver Oil During the "R" Months

 

There is an old European tradition that you take cod liver oil during all the months that contain the letter "R." You start in SeptembeR and keep going through OctobeR, NovembeR, DecembeR, JanuaRy, FebRuaRy, MaRch, and ApRil. You can take a break in May, June, July, and August. The reason for this is pretty straightforward.
 
Blue Ice Cod Liver Oil  
Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil,
the supplement that powered the Roman Army!
(Different brand: they made it by the barrel.)
 
Cod Liver Oil is one of the best food sources of Vitamin D, a very necessary nutrient that is lacking in our general diet. While people living close to the equator can synthesize Vitamin D from the sun year-round as long as they have enough skin exposure, those of us far from the equator need a concentrated food source most of the year. During the summer months (May-August), even at higher latitudes we have a good chance of making Vitamin D from the sun. This would justify the summer break from cod liver oil for many European families whose kids were out playing and working in the sun all summer long. 
 
So here we are, near the end of SeptembeR. How are you getting your Vitamin D? Three Stone Hearth offers two different varieties of cod liver oil: fermented (from Blue Ice) and extra virgin (from Rosita). Find the one that works best for you and make it part of your daily ritual!
 
Here's an article on Dr. Mercola's website looking at recent studies regarding Vitamin D supplementation.