If you can count on coming down with a cold or flu every winter and spring season, it’s time to improve your body’s immune system. By boosting it with supplements, you can restore the immune system functions in your body that are influenced by nutrient deficiencies.
The most common deficiency in people of all ages is vitamin D deficiency.
Every single research study finds that the population tested is deficient in vitamin D; often it’s a severe deficiency.
On the vitamin D test, the range is usually 30 to 100 ng/ml for ‘normal’. A severe deficiency is called when the level is 20 ng/ml or less. Insufficient levels of vitamin D are between 21 and 30 ng/ml. However, the optimal level is at about 60-75 ng/ml, so if you’re between 31 and 60 ng/ml, you still have room to improve, which means you are less resistant to infections than someone with optimal levels.
Toxicity doesn’t become a problem until levels are 125 ng/ml for an extended period of time.
To stop a cold or flu, many people have discovered that taking 5000 IU or 10,000 IU vitamin D3 will interfere with the progression of the illness. This makes sense when you consider the role that vitamin D plays in immunity. If you’re low in the vitamin, you’ll benefit. If not, you won’t benefit.
Vitamins can’t turn you into a superman who can walk into a room filled with the worst pathogens, breathe them in for a few hours and walk out unscathed. But if you are lacking one of them, then replacing that nutrient could stop the germ causing your illness dead in its tracks.
The second way to stop the cold or flu is with vitamin C. Just like with vitamin D, vitamin C has a lot of input into creating a healthy, functioning and thriving immune system. If your levels are low and you replace the vitamin, you have now boosted your immunity. That translates to whipping the germ that is trying to get you sick.
Many people self-dose with 1000 mg vitamin C two to three times daily when they start feeling as if a bug is going to get them down. They continue this for a few days and often, the strategy works.
The key to both these strategies is to do them as early as when you recognize the symptoms coming on.
Try these strategies the next time you feel run-down or your eyes are looking glassy and a slight fever is felt.
NOTE: There are a few very rare contradictions to taking vitamin D. Those with high blood calcium levels should not take vitamin D. Conditions causing high blood calcium can be caused by:
- primary hyperparathyroidism (most common cause)
- granulomatous TB
- some cancers
Please consult your physician prior to taking Vitamin D.