Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday

The arrival of cool, crisp mornings remind many of the impending flu season. What to do? Underlying your susceptibility to contract a dreaded seasonal illness is a Vitamin D deficiency. This vital vitamin is key to keeping your immune system ready to fight off illness. Here are some tips for being prepared:
  • Natural sources of Vitamin D include adequate sun exposure (without sunscreen) and foods such as mushrooms, egg yolks, and fish rich in Omega-3 oils such as salmon, mackerel and tuna.
  • Get your blood tested to determine your Vitamin D levels. They should be within 50-70 ng/ml.
  • If you take Vitamin D supplements, make sure you take D3. An average adult requires about 8,000 IU's of Vitamin D3 per day; children 35 IU's per pound of body weight.
  • If you supplement, add Vitamin K2, an important co-factor for proper synthesis of Vitamin D.


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