Thanks Thursday – Vitamin V

Nutrition isn’t something we get by food alone. We are nurtured through our relationships, spirituality, exercise and career; what the Institute for Integrative Nutrition calls Primary Food.

When it comes to Primary Food, there’s nothing quite like Vitamin V for an energetic, healthy and happy life. Ahhh … Never heard of Vitamin V? It’s the essential nutrient that you can only get by volunteering. It is a gift to yourself when you step into the service of others: Your entire system is flooded with Vitamin V, and is a powerful feeling!

I understand that for some it will be a bigger step than for others; not everyone is outgoing and comfortable trying new things, but step through your fear and into volunteering by giving time to an organization that you admire. Your body will thank you for being adventurous and for sharing your gifts. If it’s too uncomfortable to step out alone, invite a friend … Share that Vitamin V!

If you regularly step into service, try something or somewhere different. Seeing needs from a different perspective can speed that Vitamin V straight to the heart!

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas:

  • Schools, hospitals and libraries
  • Soup kitchens and food pantries
  • Battered women’s shelters
  • Homeless shelters
  • Ronald McDonald Houses
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Foster Child Services
  • Animal Shelters
  • VolunteerMatch.org (national database where organizations list their needs)
  • Meetup.com (search for ‘volunteer’ near your zip code)
  • If you don’t belong to a church, call local ministers and ask where the need is the greatest
  • Call Social Service Agencies in your area for opportunities

If you have children make it a habit to feed them a heaping portion of volunteerism regularly. I have worked with kids at a food warehouse packing boxes of food and at a soup kitchen. They are incredible workers and add joy to the process … They are a gift to the rest of us. There is no better nutrient than Vitamin V to help build kind, caring and aware adults.

So, along with healthy, nutritious whole foods add a nice serving of service to your routine and you’ll be well on your way to a fabulously healthy and happy life! If you would like support on your journey to health, I would love to share the ways I can support you in achieving your goals. Contact me for more information or visit my website, HealthWorksKC.

Namaste

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