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.