The human body is an extraordinary structure. It is composed of so many different components that all rely on each other to get the whole system functioning properly. Part of those components are vitamins and minerals. We get them from our food and environment. Without out them our bodies begin to fall apart and we can get very sick. Unfortunately most warning signs for vitamin and mineral deficiencies are subtle. By the time we realize we are lacking in something the deficiency has been going on for a while and it will take some time to correct; if we even can at all. There is an epidemic happening in our population with one vitamin deficiency no one seems to be talking about. Almost everyone is at risk for this deficiency.
This vitamin isn’t one we can get from food. It is one we can get from each other and ourselves. The vitamin I am talking about is vitamin L or the love vitamin. When you are lacking in love in your life it can cause terrible health problems. You will be at a risk for depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, elevated stress levels, poor eating habits and a whole host of other problems. This is a deficiency that should not be ignored and needs to be treated as soon as possible. Treating a vitamin L deficiency can be tricky but once fixed it will majorly improve your health.
One of the best ways to get more vitamin L is to practice self-love. As a society I think this is the area in life that is causing us to lose the most of our vitamin L. Especially the way media plays with how we feel about ourselves. We are constantly questioning our worth based on what other people have or look like; but now it’s time to stop because it is harming your health. Easy ways to practice self love:
-Daily affirmations: Having something nice to say about yourself everyday will boost confidences and give you more self-esteem.
“I love myself just as I am”
“My favorite part of myself is…..”
“I am enough!”
-Practicing self-care: treating yourself to a massage or facial. Maybe getting your nails done! Doing things for yourself can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin and help you manage your stress levels.
-Treating Yourself: Spending a little money on the right things can help boost the vitamin L in your system. Buying things like a concert ticket, vacation or something else that you can pay for ahead of time. This is a great trick and it will give you something to look forward to. So when the time comes to experience the event it will already be paid for and you don’t have to worry about the money.
-Working out: Besides the other wonderful physical health benefits working out is a great way to show yourself you care about yourself. The more you exercise the better you’ll feel about your body. The better you feel about your body the more love you will have for your body. If you are not a gym person maybe try a yoga class; if there is one thing you take away from yoga it is that yoga is all about the self love.
The Beatles said it best, “I get by with a little help from my friends”, when we are feeling down about ourselves, a true friend is always there to make us feel better. Having a supportive friend in your life is a full proof way to get plenty of vitamin L. Never underestimate the power of a true friend.
The opposite could be said for having negative friends in your life. If someone is draining on you and constantly making you feel worse it might be time to say goodbye. When they are no longer a good friend they could be taking from your vitamin L. So the best way to save your supply is to use it on a friend who deserves it. See if your relationships are helping or harming you.
Your partner is someone who should be contributing to your levels of vitamin L ten fold. The only reason we commit to loving someone is because they recharge our own vitamin L levels. Relationships aren’t always easy but they should make you feel loved. Ways to maintain levels of love with your partner is to communicate, spend time together and encourage each other’s successes. Don’t forget about your date nights!
Like friends, relationships can also deplete your vitamin L. Sometimes without you knowing it. It is important to examine if your relationship is helping or harming you. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Family should be a no brainer when it comes to feeling the love! Sometimes we aren’t always on the same page as our family members but that shouldn’t stop us from loving them. We may share different views and different life styles but in the end they are family. If you’re having trouble tapping into this resource there are ways for you to feel more love from your family. Spending more time with each other is always a good way to absorb love. Having a family meal is my favorite trick to catch-up with family. Everyone has to eat, it’s never more than a 3 hour event and you can always have an extra glass of wine if there is tension. Also don’t be afraid to tell the people in your family you love them! Trust me it will come back to you.
Animals are my favorite! They don’t talk back, they will listen when you’re sad, they never judge and they are furry! (Well most of them are) Animals are the best at expressing love! They are truly an endless supply of love. Knowing that something will always be waiting for you when you get home is a wonderful feeling. Loneliness is a major culprit in depleting love. However, lucky for us pets are experts at refilling the love bucket because all they want in return is your love. Even if you can only get a fish, I promise that fish will be your homie. If you can’t get a pet; volunteering for animals is the next best thing! You will get your boost of love and they will get some much needed help!
Showing people you don’t know kindness will actually make you feel better. What you put out into the universe comes back to you. If you express love to a stranger chances are that they will be friendly back and you will leave your encounter feeling better than when you entered. So remember to be nice to everyone and you’ll feel better and you’ll see your vitamin L levels go up.
So as you can see there are plenty of vitamin L resources surrounding you; you just have to tap into them. When we neglect this very important vitamin we are doing ourselves a disservice. Making sure we have plenty of love in our lives is critical to our health and well-being. Pay attention to how you feel, if you have an excess of stress, anxiety and depression it might be time to check in to our vitamin L levels. Remember don’t waste time and tell those people you love them!