Why Is Vitamin D The BEST Immune Booster?

Seasonal allergies can be absolutely miserable, your body aches, your nose gets clogged, your lungs, throat, and ribs hurt from all the coughing. However, there are a few different ways to keep symptoms from becoming too unbearable if you do happen to be one of the unlucky ones who catch this unpleasant viral infection.

Vitamin D, A Secret Weapon

Several studies have shown that taking Vitamin D right before, or during a cold, greatly reduces the chances of severe symptoms and other upper respiratory infections. For the best results, adults have been recommended to take 5,000 to 10,000 UI per day regardless of whether they’re ill or not.

Vitamin D is important for more than just cold prevention though, it is essential for efficient brain, lung, heart, and muscle health. It also helps to prevent degenerative diseases like osteoporosis by improving the body’s absorption of calcium.

Vitamin D Can Be Converted to a Hormone

The truly incredible thing about this vital part of our health is that vitamin D is the only vitamin that human beings are able to produce on their own through sunlight, similar to the way plants produce their own food! Our bodies are able to then convert vitamin D into a hormone called calcitriol.  This hormone helps to maintain healthy thyroid activity, in some cases, calcitriol has been used to treat hyperthyroidism.

However, it is important to remember that everyone is different, so if you aren't sure what the right dosage you can also view a calculator online to help you decide what the appropriate amount would be.

Frequent Illness Could Be a Sign of Vitamin D Deficiency

Although it’s normal to fall ill at least once or twice a year, but if it seems to be happening every few months, there may be a deeper problem. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between upper respiratory infections like your common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia, and a lack of vitamin D.

Even if you aren't "sick," chronic fatigue can also be a tough thing to deal with and is likely your body telling you that you need to get some sunlight. It's easy to confuse headaches, sluggishness, and nausea to something like the flu. Just keep in mind that when it becomes a regular problem you should take a step back and consider whether or not your vitamin D levels are lower than they should be.

How to Prevent Getting Sick in the Workplace

Influenza is spread through mucous of the nose, saliva, and eyes, so it's extremely important to avoid touching your face, which isn't always easy to do. The average human being touches their face over 15 times per day! Which is the reason for the emphasis that is placed on washing your hands when using the restroom and before sitting down to eat a meal.

Keeping yourself healthy during flu season is a tough thing to do, especially if you work in close contact with others; it’s very easy to shake someone’s hand, borrow a stapler, and use the same set of door handles hundreds of times a day. Think about how often you use a copier machine, and how many people push those little buttons on the snack dispenser. Remember, we have five times as many fingers as we do hands!

Remind co-workers to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing, and not to touch anything until they've washed their hands. If possible, keep small hand sanitizer bottle with you. You'll want to wash your hands more often!

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Dr. James Leonette