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One Vitamin That May Stop the Flu

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We are heading into flu season and it’s time now to think about prevention. It’s common knowledge that the fall and winter months correlate with flu season, but have you ever asked why. More and more studies are linking this correlation to decreased levels of vitamin D. It is now shown that in the winter our vitamin D levels can easily be 1/3 of what they were during the summer. 

     Vitamin D has been shown to enhance your immunity to microbial infections, improve one’s mood, decrease pain, muscle fatigue and muscle cramps. All of these result in a healthy individual and an immune system more capable of fighting off infection and disease.

     In recent studies performed in the United Kingdom it was estimated that nearly 40% of all children are vitamin D deficient, which correlates to an increased risk of acute lower respiratory infection.

Vitamin D Dose Recommendations

Age

Dosage

Below 5

35 units per pound per day

Age 5 – 10

2500 units

Adults

5000 units

Pregnant Women

5000 units

WARNING:
 There is no way to know if the above recommendations are correct. The ONLY way to know is to test your blood. You might need 4-5 times the amount recommended above. Ideally your blood level of 25 OH D should be 60ng/ml.

     Vitamin D is one of the cheapest and most easily accessible vitamins on the market for $4-6 a month you can reach the recommended amounts. There are now great amounts of research on vitamin D deficiency and cancer, depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia and other major diseases. Not living near the equator it is difficult to achieve the needed exposure to sun even during the summer months especially in a society that just doesn’t go outside any more. Check out some of the link below to gain further knowledge on this subject and learn more about the advantages of vitamin D.

Other recommendations to prevent the flu:

  • Eliminate sugar from your diet
  • Eat garlic regularly
  • Consume a high-quality krill oil daily
  • Exercise
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Address emotional stress
  • Wash your hands regularly (but not excessively)

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/10/21/vitamin-d-is-a-better-way.aspx

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vitamin-d-news/united-kingdoms-chief-medical-officer-universal-vitamin-d-supplementation-necessary/

Kragstrup TW; Vitamin d Supplementation for Patients with Chronic Pain; Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care; 2011, 20: pp. 4-5

Pizzorno J; What We Have learned About Vitamin D Dosing?; Integrative Medicine; Vol. 9, No. 1, Feb/Mar 2010

Dr. Orie Quinn

Credentials

B.S. Anatomy, Parker University
B.S. Health and Wellness, Parker University
D.C. Parker College of Chiropractic
Certified in Applied Kinesiology
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