A little experiment in photosynthesis

In an attempt to avoid spiraling into seasonal depression again this winter, I am conducting a little experiment of which my late meemaw would have been proud.  After doing a bit of reading about the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D, I’ve realised that I probably put myself at risk of deficiency – I dislike and therefore actively avoid direct sunlight, I live in Northern Europe, I always use factor 30 sunscreen and I don’t eat many vitamin D containing foods.  It dawned on me when I read the possible symptoms – malaise, fatigue, muscle weakness, bone pain, hormone issues, depression, gum disease – all of which I have, and it’s even been implicated in asthma and autism, so I’d be an idiot not to investigate.

So my experiment is thus: each day this winter I will sit outside in the sunshine (weather allowing) for at least 5 minutes without sunscreen, and with as much exposed skin as I (and my neighbours) can bear.

I’m not very good at doing nothing, so to start with I will count this as a coffee break and take a cup of coffee out with me.  I would like to eventually use the time to practise doing nothing, however this year, in the interests of science, I want to make the amount of sunshine I collect the only experimental variable, so that I can compare it to last winter as my sort of ‘control group’.

I’ll give you an update periodically but I probably won’t have any ‘results’ until at least February as January is usually my most difficult month!

© Catastraspie, 2011.

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2 Responses to A little experiment in photosynthesis

  1. Anabelle says:

    I have had great results from a similar experiment. Have you had and positive results?

    • catastraspie says:

      I keep meaning to post an update. I think it did work, not amazingly, but I had a difficult winter and that made it harder to tell. However I didn’t have a major depressive episode. Please tell me more about your experiment – I’m really pleased it worked for you! 🙂

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