All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

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Swimming in the Pacific Ocean 3.5K

Today I did one of my longest swims in open waters: over 3.5 km (3.5K), not counting curves, waves, zigzag swimming to avoid kelp, kayakers, fishermen, birds, and even one big seal.

This is my 3rd consecutive day swimming in the ocean, ~ 2 km (2K), ~ 2.7 km (2.7K) in two previous days, plus brisk walks up and down the hills (~ 110 m slope) 5 km (5K), 7 km (7K), and 10km (10K) today. Earlier this Summer I swam 3-4 times a week, but not regularly.

The water temperature was 70-71 F / ~ 21 C, and it felt very pleasant. I swam without wet-suit, and today after being in water for over 2 hours I felt a bit chilled in my toes by the end. I stopped or slowed down to chat with guys on boats and surfers, and to rest and enjoy on the surface, laying on my back totally relaxed.

I also approached the coast in few places to see beautiful rocks. One young seagull was following me for a while :) Another one screamed in my ear, almost landing on my head from the back. A huge pelican passed me, and also other types of birds, who were speeding up flying right above the water. When it happened to me the first time couple of weeks ago I was scared and dived each time :)

I have been getting around 1500 kc (Cal, or food calories) per day last weeks, from fruits and seeds, as usual (my normal range is about 700-2300 Cal), and I am glad my body can give me such pleasures - swimming freely in this amazing clear water! 

This map in the beginning with 2.18 miles is more precise, and made with google maps' tools.

Swimming fro La Jolla Shores to the Cove
I also measured the distance on freemaptools.com: Swimming fro La Jolla Shores to the Cove
Water Temperatures
And this is the water temperature map for the Pacific Coast I made from one on surf-forecast.com: Water Temperatures
Water Temperatures
The La Jolla Cove with Birds

Marcel Proust

The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, or L-ascorbic acid, or ascorbate, is an essential nutrient for humans, a water-soluble vitamin. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C, so it is an essential dietary component. 

  • Vitamin C is required for the biosynthesis of collagen (an essential component of connective tissue), L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters, it is also involved in protein metabolism.
  • Vitamin C is also an important physiological antioxidant and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). Vitamin C regenerates vitamin E by reducing vitamin E radicals formed when vitamin E scavenges the oxygen radicals. 
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and improves the absorption of nonheme iron, the form of iron present in plant-based foods.

Approximately 70%–90% of vitamin C is absorbed at moderate intakes of 30–180 mg a day. At doses above 1 g a day, absorption falls to less than 50% and absorbed, unmetabolized ascorbic acid is excreted in the urine. 

Insufficient vitamin C intake causes scurvy, which is characterized by fatigue or lassitude, connective tissue weakness, and capillary fragility.

Cells accumulate vitamin C. The total body content of vitamin C ranges from 300 mg (at near scurvy) to about 2 g.

  • High levels of vitamin C are maintained in cells and tissues, and are highest in leukocytes (white blood cells), eyes, adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and brain.
  • Relatively low levels of vitamin C are found in extracellular fluids, such as plasma, red blood cells, and saliva.

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