So It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter and if you live in St. Louis, its rained more here in October than ever recorded. All of that combined makes it prime season for colds and the Flu.
Have you ever asked yourself why are Fall and Winter considered the flu season? Many people have speculated it has to do with the close proximity of people indoors which transmits germs. New research being done refutes those previous claims. When it’s cold and rainy what do people normally want to do? Stay inside and warm. So what are they missing? Sunlight! For years now we have been thinking of the sun as our enemy but the truth is we can’t live without it. The truth is that Vitamin D is naturally made by our amazing bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight. When we are inside for the colder and darker months we actually have a vitamin D deficiency. Now we have enough vitamin D in our diets usually to keep us from getting rickets but not enough to keep us healthy. Vitamin D plays a key role in keeping our immune system functioning.
The recommendation that I’ve heard many times is a few minutes of direct sunlight on skin without sunscreen is needed. So what does that mean? What if its cloudy? So I discovered this fabulous calculator that takes many factors like time of year, skin color, latitude and longitude, time of day and even surface that you are on.
So on an overcast day like today I calculated what I would need for adequate vitamin D and it was OVER AN HOUR! I’m not going to be able to be outside that long today so I’m going to supplement with a liquid vitamin D3 supplement.
So here are my recommendations for cold and flu season to keep your immune system healthy.
1. Keep you nervous system working in tip top shape through specific chiropractic adjustments when needed. Only your doctor of chiropractic is trained to find and remove misalignments that could be causing nervous system stress. When the nervous system is giving the body the correct signals the immune system responds correctly.
2. Vitamin D3 supplementation when adequate sunlight is unavailable. Some sources are saying 35 IUs(international units) of vitamin D3 per pound of body weight. So for an individual that weighs 200 lbs that’s 7000 IUs per day!
3. Keeping your hands washed and avoiding contact with your eyes, mouth, and nose. That doesn’t mean you need to disinfect your hands, just plain old soap (not antibacterial) does the job and those hand sanitizers don’t do the job and are quite toxic.
4. Reducing or removing the sugar in your diet (including white breads, pastas, and starches) has a positive effect on the chemistry in your body. Also aerobic exercise gives the immune system a boost.
So if you follow these easy natural steps it will give your immune system the boost it needs to not only get through the cold and flu season but enjoy it because you feel so great!
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