Vitamin D for Immune Health

While some are rushing to get their flu shots this time of year, others also turn to more natural methods for strengthening the body’s immune function. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress and getting enough sleep are all important ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Supplementing where needed is also part of keeping our bodies strong. Vitamin D is one very important supplement that should not be overlooked, especially during the fall and winter!

Vitamin D is a fat soluble steroid vitamin that our body needs to survive but cannot produce on its own. Specifically, D-3 has be shown to be helpful in the maintenance of healthy bones, balancing blood pressure, aiding fertility issues, and as acting as a immune system regulator. Studies also have shown that vitamin D plays an important role in preventing common respiratory infections, such as colds and the flu

Usually we get vitamin D from the sun’s rays but unfortunately it’s not always easy for us to get our 10 minute daily dose of sunshine needed to maintain healthy D levels, especially as the days begin to shorten. Fortunately, taking a D-3 supplement can increase your levels to where they need to be. Typically we recommend between 1,000-3,000 IU per day, the higher end being for those who get little or no sunlight, live in northern latitudes, are dark-skinned or overweight, or are suffering from significant vitamin D deficiency.

We like D3 1000 by Genestra because their capsules are made from 100% pure vegetable sources, and they are free of preservatives and additives. You can order D3 1000 online from our virtual dispensary at Emerson Ecologics. Just follow the link, enter e&a204 and create an account. You’ll save 10% on any supplements you order from there!

A simple blood test can determine if vitamin D levels in your body are sufficient and it is very inexpensive. Ask your doctor to run a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test.

About Laura Metzdorff, LAc

Laura is a California state licensed acupuncturist originally from Long Island, NY. After graduating from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor's in English Literature, Laura found herself wanting to do more than her degree had to offer. She knew she wanted to work with people, but wasn't sure what avenue to take. A friend in Oregon introduced her to herbal medicine and shortly after a Long Island friend recommended acupuncture. So began the path to her true calling. Laura started her graduate education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. After her third year there, Laura decided to explore life on the West Coast and moved to California to finish her studies at Pacific's San Diego campus where she obtained a Master's in Traditional Oriental Medicine. During school, Laura assisted at North Shore Acupuncture in Encinitas, CA. She then spent two years assisting and practicing at The Healing Sanctuary in Tustin, CA. In December of 2010, she moved to Northern California and co-founded Earth and Air Wellness, Acupuncture and Alternative Medicine. Laura has always believed that there is more to health than what we've been taught and she has made it her mission to help others gain back power over their health. Her true passion is education. She believes that the first step towards wellness is knowledge and she strives to inspire others and share with them the tools to cultivate wellness.
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