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Take your Vitamins

When it come to health before I consider taking a medication or doing a procedure, my first question to my doctor is how can we do this naturally. God has provided all that we need so I know there is likely a way. The Cooper Institute reports that an estimated 40% of adults have a vitamin D deficiency. The number is nearly double (76%) for African American Adults. My doctor put me on vitamin D pills years ago because I am one of those adults with a vitamin D deficiency along with iron. The Cooper Institute goes on to explain that our body naturally produces vitamin D in response to the skin’s exposure to sun light. For people who have melanin in their skin (people of color) can reduce the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D. This also comes from wearing sunscreen; not getting enough sun (so, when do we get to the food?) and not eating enough fatty fish and dairy products.

This journey is an organic one. It is also about good health and how we achieve it through good diet. Organic foods are typically a strong source of healthy foods. The dish above is a simple dish. Because we are all about gardening and cooking around here with good health being paramount, we wanted to share this simple dish with you that can help you get the vitamin D so many of us are lacking in our diet.

  • French or Italian Bread. Or we recommend grabbing a baguette shaped bread from Panera, which is committed to providing whole and clean foods.
  • sliced olives
  • *A fatty fish like salmon sliced thin. *This is your source of Vitamin D.
  • *Mozzarella cheese sliced thin. *This is your source of Vitamin D.
  • Slivered Almonds optional
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt to taste

Slice the bread thin. Sprinkle with water for toasting. Toast in oven (about 350 degrees). Brush with olive oil fresh out of the oven. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Layer with mozzarella return to oven to complete toasting and lightly melt cheese. Remove from the oven and top with thin layer of salmon. Then sprinkle with sliced olives and slivered almonds. And enjoy.

For those of you who are budget conscious, Chef Ponder is always reminding us that we will pay for an improper diet that is doing our health no good one way or another. We will either pay in the grocery store or at the doctor’s office. We prefer to forgo the medications and procedures and opt for a diet that lends itself to good health in the first place. What health concerns do you have? How can you improve your diet to address these health concerns? How much do you spend on medical related bills? Which foods do you eat for which vitamins? Which vitamins are important to your personal diet? What vitamins support your health? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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