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Vitamin D To Boost the Immune System

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Vitamin D To Boost the Immune System

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. The vitamin D your body produces and absorbs from your diet is stored in fat tissue for later use.

Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems in your body. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone. Every single cell in your body has a receptor for it.

Here are some of the most common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Lack of fish or dairy in your diet
  • Always using sunscreen. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) is the main cause of skin cancer and unfortunately also the best natural source of vitamin D
  • Chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or hyperparathyroidism
  • Health conditions that affect nutrient absorption, such as Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease or Leaky Gut
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Using certain medications that impact vitamin D metabolism

Benefits of vitamin D:

  • Regulates and boosts the immune system
  • Supports the absorption of dietary calcium
  • Promotes healthy bones (especially pre-menopausal and post-menopausal due to the risk of osteoporosis)
  • Promotes healthy teeth
  • Helps support a healthy cardiovascular system and brain function
  • Helps in regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management
  • Can help to support lung function

Foods high in Vitamin D:

  • Cod Liver Oil: high in vitamins A and D, reduces inflammation, improves bone density
  • Fresh fatty fish, such as salmon or mackerel
  • Canned tuna fish and canned sardines both contain vitamin D and are usually less expensive than fresh fish. Plus, a longer shelf life makes the canned products easy to stock up on and use at your leisure. Canned light tuna has the most vitamin D—about 150 IUs per 4 ounces—while canned albacore tuna has about 50 IUs per 4 ounces, and canned sardines have a little more than 40 IUs per two sardines.
  • Egg yolks
  • Cheese
  • Beef liver
  • Mushrooms (maitake, morel, chanterelle, oyster, and shiitake)
  • Fortified milk
  • Fortified cereals and juices

However, no other plant-based foods produce vitamin D. For people whose diets are mostly vegetarian or vegan, and for people who do not or cannot spend a lot of time outdoors, it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D.

That is why vitamin D supplements are also a great way to increase your vitamin D especially if you don’t have enough of the above foods.

It is a good idea to have a blood test to check your vitamin D levels so you have a starting point. Remember it is a fat-soluble vitamin and can be stored in the body, so your existing vitamin D levels will dictate what dose would be best for you.

Now more than ever we need to make sure our immune system is working at an optimum level. Vitamin D is something you could add to your diet and/or take as a supplement to assist you in reaching this goal.

Make an appointment with us to find out what’s missing in your diet and how to reach your optimal health.

Chris Tompson

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