THE SUN IS SHINING TODAY IN CINCINNATI. After the snow and ice of February and the gray and gloom of the first few days of March, it finally feels like spring will eventually get here. With the sun shining and the blue sky, I've noticed a few more smiles on faces and a little more bounce in everyone's step. It's amazing what a little sun can do.
Researchers have known for years that Vitamin D is crucial to building strong bones and supporting the immune system. They've known we need the sun's effect to get full nutritional value from the food we eat. In recent years, some studies have connected getting the proper amount of sunlight to preventing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), osteoporosis, depression, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers. I'm not a doctor, but I know that seeing the sun shine after a dreary winter gets people out of the house.
At Daisy Mae's Market, we've noticed that the number of customers goes up when the sun shines. It doesn't have so much to do with warmer temperatures as it does with just plain sun. It's almost as if humans can sense when they haven't had the required dosage of sunlight.
The next few days look sunny and bright. Time for you to take your medicine: Get out the door and soak up the sun. Go to Fountain Square to watch the Cinciditarod. Experience Bockfest. Shop at Findlay Market. You know you need that Vitamin D!