How’s that warm sunshine feeling on your shoulders and back and legs and arms? With the colder Canadian winters, its so lovely to feel the sunshine and soak up all that Vitamin D. But why do we need this highly recommended, fat-soluble vitamin at all if we can get it from the sunshine? It’s been touted as helping with bone structure – fracture prevention to work with calcium, emotional well being, and a variety of other benefits. But is that just anecdotal? In a research based world here is an interesting article that summarizes a few meta-data analysis research that what we first thought was helpful, isn’t helpful at all: https://theconversation.com/vitamin-d-a-pseudo-vitamin-for-a-pseudo-disease-101907 written by Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London. Are you taking too much? Do you have enough? Maybe this is why Health Canada does not pay for testing of it anymore…?? Something to thing about…
And with the warmer climates, we wear less socks and restrictive shoes…hello sandals! My next reaction is…OMG I need a pedicure! Soak, scrub, clip, buff, paint, polish…pamper your tootsies with a pedicure! Even better with a foot massage (have you been to Big Feet on Fort street?), or Reflexology from a locally certified Reflexologist. Or if your feet really need more than just a soak and a massage, see a massage therapist, podiatrist, a chiropractor, osteopath, or the local Foot nurse. Yes…there is a Foot nurse in Victoria – Google that! A really lovely service for those of our community who have a difficult time getting to their feet. I do love to work on feet as well. Did you know there are over 20 bones in each foot! That’s a lot of joints to work on. How many times have you stubbed a toe? or Toes? Or sprain or twisted an ankle? Do your feet hurt when you get out of bed, after a hike, or short walk, or a night of dancing? They carry a lot of weight on a daily basis, so we need to pamper our feet.
Tips for caring for your feet:
- use a pumice stone to gently scrub the heels, or calluses
- soak in a foot bath with some epsom salts, and a few drops of essential oils of your choice, maybe add in some coconut oil, or other oil of your choice, 20 min is a good length of time, shorter or longer if you prefer. pat dry and do the next step.
- raise your feet, ideally above your heart for 10-20 min in the evening, especially if you stand all day, or walk for an hour or more.
- massage feet with lotion or oil of choice. and gently massage nail beds and cuticles.
- roll feet on a soft spiky massage ball, or other ball the size of a mandarin orange. small rubber street hockey balls are perfect for the job. or there are small bumpy rolling pin styles of foot massagers are also great.
- walking barefoot in the garden – keep your feet grounded and used to different surfaces and textures. even walking barefoot at Dallas road on the rocks can be challenging! especially when our feet are so used to being in shoes.
- using toe spacers – there are also several varieties of these, from silicone to foam. they help open the spaces between the toes. have you ever tried balancing without your toes?
- foot exercises – there are many! these are a few: spread the toes, move them individually, kneel on your knees but keep the toes tucked under, stand tall and go high on your tippy toes, roll them under gently, circle the ankles etc.
keep your feet and toes moving and they will keep you moving!