Fall is underway and winter will be here before you know it in Des Moines (I know!). You may notice more people around you getting sick and missing work or time with family and friends. Have you every wondered, “why are some people sick all of the time and others rarely sick at all?” The answer is (in part) Vitamin D.
Health is a result of meeting the vital requirements of the human body. Take a flower as an example; it requires sunlight, water, nutrient-rich soil, and carbon dioxide to express optimal health. It starts wilting or turning brown/yellow when it receives less than all of its requirements.
Your body is the same way; it requires you to care for your mental health, feed it nutrient dense foods, movement, and a healthy functioning brain-body connection (nervous system).
Fall and winter are times when many people have a harder time meeting their body’s vital requirements for health. Nutrient-poor foods, high stress, and less movement are a few things that allow the body to have less health. It’s NOT that your body did something wrong or is deficient in medicine. It’s not that germs are coming out of hiding. Your body is adapting to the choices you’ve made and doing the best it can.
A key component of a healthy immune system (in addition to a properly functioning brain-body connection) is making sure you have the correct nutrients to support optimal function. Even with the best food choices this time of year, most people DON’T get enough Vitamin D.
Mountains of research show that achieving healthy levels of Vitamin D is an easy way to prevent illness and promote long-term health.
Get your D for (Immune) Defense!
Most people are Vitamin D deficient. The best way to receive adequate amounts is through direct sun exposure. This is hard to achieve in Iowa between September and May. The sun is further away from the northern hemisphere making it difficult to get enough direct sunlight.
Tons of research links Vitamin D deficiency to increased heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, and obesity. Here’s a few more reasons why everyone should get enough Vitamin D.
- Necessary for a robust immune system
- Protective against musculoskeletal injuries and fractures
- Decreases likelihood of mood/brain disorders
- Linked with fighting numerous cancers
How much Vitamin D?
It’s important to check blood levels periodically due to seasonal differences.
In order to maintain proper levels from sun exposure, you need to be in direct sunlight for 20 minutes (without sunscreen) between 10 am and 2 pm.
Supplementing with 35 IUs (international units) per pound of body weight is an easy alternative if you have limited exposure as in fall and winter. This equates to approximately 5,000 IUs per day.
Quality is Key!
There are 2 forms of supplements, D3 and D2. D2 is a synthetic form (not produced by your body and sun exposure) and does little to enhance health. D3 is the form naturally produced by the body, and is what you want to look for in a supplement.
Please make sure you’re getting the D3 from a trusted and verifieable source. At Keystone Chiropractic, we carry pharmaceutical grade supplements. All current patients receive 20% off.