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HOW DO WE BUILD IMMUNITY? WITH SUNSHINE/D3. Staying indoors for weeks and months lowers our immunity
! Make sure to boost it with sunshine and vitamin D3 supplement..when you are starting to venture outdoors again..Sun and exercise is needed to build a healthy body.. use Gods medicine !!
Vitamin D from the sun has existed for a long time as an immune booster. In the 1800’s when many people had tuberculosis, sunshine was known to have curative powers, and sick patients
flocked to sanitariums in sunny places to soak up the healing sunshine. Cod liver oil, also a rich source of vitamin D, has also been around for decades as a preventative for infections, colds and flu.
Studies show that vitamin D regulates many functions in the body, including hormone balance, metabolism, blood pressure, bone density, fighting cancer, and immune function (ever notice
that people tend to get colds and flu in the winter when the sun is low?).
Vitamin D is critical for our health. We know that vitamin D is essential for healing and protecting against many contagious diseases and chronic diseases. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with upper and lower respiratory infections, heart disease, asthma, cancers, diabetes,
multiple sclerosis, HIV, hypertension, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other autoimmune diseases. Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide public health problem in both developed and developing countries.
Did you know that our bodies contain cell receptors for vitamin D in virtually every system of the body? That tells us that vitamin D is necessary for virtually
all body functions. Vitamin D actually influences the expression of over 200 health-supporting genes in our bodies.
There’s a lot of buzz about vitamin D boosting
immune function to fight off colds, seasonal influenza, and even the deadly Covid-19 virus. Research suggests that vitamin-D deficiency may one of the primary reasons people get more colds and flu in the winter when sunshine is less available.
As many as 70 percent of Americans are considered deficient in vitamin D. The elderly, females more than males, those who live the far north or south of the equator, people
with darker skin pigmentation.
The immune system is an incredibly complex protective mechanism, but to simplify, we can divide the immune system into two main
categories: innate immunity, and adaptive immunity.
Innate immunity is
our nonspecific defense mechanism that activates in the presence of an invading pathogen. So, even if you have never been exposed to a virus or pathogen, your body has a built-in ability to protect itself from an invader. This part of your immune system is
your first line of defense against any type of new type of germs—whether it is bacteria, viruses, and fungi. And it’s super important to be sure this line of defense is strong.
other type of immune response is your
Adaptive immune response. This immune response is active against pathogens that you have previously encountered.
The body recognizes, adapts and attacks specific invaders much more efficiently.
In the case of brand new types of influenza strains or the new Covid-19 virus, the body
has not had a chance to develop specific antibodies against it yet. So, this is where we call in the powers of our innate immune system to protect us. Vitamin D works to strengthen this innate immune system.
Vitamin D works by boosting the strength of the immune system while lowering inflammatory reactions. This makes vitamin D a powerful immune
modulator. It helps boost immune power, but prevents the immune system from overreacting, as in the case of autoimmune disease.
does it work? Vitamin D strengthens particular cells within the immune system, such as the T cells. It also helps to decrease levels of inflammatory cytokines, a part of the immune system that can overreact with dangerous outcomes. (With Covid-19, some
individuals are known to have an immune reaction called the ‘cytokine storm’ that causes life-threatening pneumonia in those patients).
There are three
ways to get vitamin D levels up in your system. One—you can take a vitamin D3 supplement. D3 or cholecalciferol is most easily utilized in the body, over vitamin D2. Secondly, you can get some vitamin D from foods and third, you can
get vitamin D from the sun—IF you are in an area where the sun is strong enough. Depending on the latitude where you live and the time of year, you may or may not be able to get vitamin D from the sun. In my opinion, however getting vitamin
D from sunshine is the best way if you can.
The sun’s rays are too weak in the winter generally (depending on the latitude that you live). Even if you can get outside in the winter, Supplementing with vitamin D has a wide range of ‘suggested’ dosages, and you can overdo it with this fat soluble
vitamin and create adverse health effects. While some doctors advise people to take 5000 to 10,000 Iu per day of vitamin D, this can be too much and a safer range would be around 5,000IU vitamin D3 per day.
According to Dr. Chris Kresser, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K work synergistically, so adding adequate vitamin A and K2 may protect against toxic effects of excess vitamin D. Sufficient levels of potassium and magnesium have
also been suggested to protect against vitamin D toxicity.
Sunlight promotes production of a peptide that helps to dilate the
blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, and it helps create another substance called ‘Substance P’, that promotes better blood flow and
regulates the immune system in response to acute stressors. And one more benefit of sunshine, it helps to reduce appetite, increase the libido and gives you a nice looking golden glow, while regulating your sleeping/waking cycle better.
Lastly, be sure to get plenty of healthy food with natural sources of vitamin D, such as egg yolks, wild caught salmon and mackerel, organ
meats, and some mushrooms. And avoid those processed foods with added vitamin D—those do nothing for your health.
of the best absorbed vitamin D comes from taking some cod liver oil daily. Make sure to take only small doses of cod liver oil (enough for 50% to 100% DV of vitamin D), as large doses can give you an overdose of Vitamin A.
If you want to stay healthy and strong, it’s not only wise, but essential to spend time outdoors in the sunshine. Soak
*Geri's note..I have been taking D3 5000IU for many years..I feel it has kept my immune system strong..at 88 years young, I may get only
an occational cold. Living in the north the winters are rough on all of us. Getting a daily dose of sunshine isn't easy, but necessary..that's why we need to get outdoors every day, eat vitamin rich foods and take a supplement of at least 5000
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Stay safe, stay strong, boost your immune system, be ready for when we can greet the world out
of this quarantine.
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