Discover the Simple, Affordable Solution
Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About
Thanks to Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter.
The time is right to be thinking about fortifying our immune systems as Winter approaches.The next issue of Nutrition News will be on Vitamin D. There’s new science about Vitamin D that you’ll want to know about.
In the meantime, enjoy Joshua’s article on Vitamin D. His timing couldn’t be better.
With winter fast approaching, you may be dreading the possibility of getting sick — the pain, discomfort and lost productivity can be truly dreadful.
And if you’re like me, you’re probably already thinking about ways to “bulletproof” your immune system so that you’ll stay healthy all winter long — even if everyone around you is coughing and sneezing.
But what you may not realize is that if you fail to do one simple thing, your efforts to avoid getting sick will largely be in vain!
Now, if you ask your doctor about how to avoid getting sick, the recommendation will surely be a shot. But please BEWARE that, in addition to side effects, even the CDC has admitted that the effectiveness rate of this “solution” is a mere 9%!
My advice to you: Don’t blindly follow the medical establishment’s recommendations. There are safe, effective and affordable measures you can take now to proactively ensure that your immune system stays healthy and strong all year long.
I’m Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now, one of the fastest growing natural health publications in the nation. My passion for natural health has always driven me to educate people on alternative solutions that are both safe and effective.
Please keep reading, because I’m going to explain how one simple nutrient can help you avoid getting sick, and at the same time improve your mood, reduce aches and pains and keep your bones and heart healthy year-round.
Is This Widespread Deficiency to Blame
for Seasonal Sickness Outbreaks?
Now you won’t hear this from your doctor, but more and more experts agree that the single most effective way to avoid getting sick is by getting enough vitamin D. As you may be aware, vitamin D deficiency is now considered pandemic and worsens in the fall and winter months.
In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that widespread drops in vitamin D levels may be the long-overlooked trigger for seasonal sickness! A 2008 study published in the Journal of Virology led by Dr. John Cannell, MD, executive director of the non-profit Vitamin D Council, concluded that vitamin D may indeed have a “profound effect on prevention.”
So vitamin D may be your key to staying healthy, especially in colder months, however don’t rush out of the house to grab any old bottle. It’s important you take the right kind and right amount to really get the full benefits…but more on that later.
|Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, is a health freedom advocate who’s been involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years. He’s always been dedicated to promoting health, vitality, longevity and natural living. Josh is currently writing a book on natural remedies and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, organic gardener, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.|
Vitamin D Activates Your Full Immune Potential
Here’s a fact you need to know: Breakthrough research shows that vitamin D is critical to what is known as the innate immune system. This part of your immune system differs from the resistance you build when you’re exposed to a particular pathogen, known as acquired immunity.
Innate immunity is your body’s natural defense system, which protects your mucous membranes from pathogenic invaders. If your blood levels of vitamin D decrease rapidly, as often happens with lack of sun exposure during the winter months, your innate immunity suffers dramatically — sometimes catastrophically.
Researchers have also discovered that vitamin D triggers the killer cells of the immune system — called T cells — which fight off invaders. Without sufficient vitamin D in your bloodstream, your killer T cells will remain dormant, leaving the door wide open for pathogenic invaders to enter your body and wreak havoc.
Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re not vitamin D deficient. Way too many people have a “not me” attitude, but the truth is, a whopping 75% of adults in the U.S. have low vitamin D levels!
Vitamin D deficiency may be symptomless at first, but as it progresses it leads to weakened immunity and many health problems that may be easily misdiagnosed.
Aches and pains, cognitive problems, mood issues, fragile bones and heart trouble are just a few common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.[5,6,7] What’s more troubling is that low vitamin D levels can ultimately result in premature death.[8,9,10] Sadly, many people are given drugs to “treat” a simple nutritional deficiency, or are just told to accept these health issues as part of aging. What a shame!
|Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency|
|Weak immunity||Cognitive problems|
|Aches and pains||Vision loss|
|Low energy||Fragile bones|
|Mood imbalances||Heart problems|
How to Protect Yourself with Vitamin D
There are only two ways to get vitamin D in the amounts you need for optimal immunity and overall health: several hours daily of direct sun exposure (without sunscreen, which blocks vitamin D production) and vitamin D supplementation.
So for most people, a vitamin D supplement is a must. You may eventually want to get your vitamin D levels tested by your doctor, but you shouldn’t wait to start. Vitamin D is one of the least toxic substances known on earth, making it nearly impossible to overdo it, and it doesn’t interact with most medications. The bottom line is that you’re better safe than sorry.
WARNING: Don’t Take Fake Vitamin D!
When doctors are paying attention to vitamin D levels, they often write a script for synthetic vitamin D2. Why? Because the pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural compounds, so in order to make money, they had to create a synthetic version that’s poorly absorbed and less effective.
The better option is to take natural vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol), which is what is used in most dietary supplements. It’s more absorbable, more affordable, more accessible and provides the greatest benefits, as proven by hundreds of scientific studies.
How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?
Most people take way too little vitamin D per day, because the current RDA is only 600 IU. Many experts now agree that this is woefully inadequate. Sadly, the government has stubbornly refused to increase the RDA, putting millions at risk.
According to vitamin D expert Dr. John Cannell, healthy adults should supplement with 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily to avoid deficiency and achieve superior immunity and overall health — more than 8 times what the government says is sufficient! Remember, vitamin D has zero toxicity so there’s no harm in taking higher amounts.
Choosing the Right Vitamin D Supplement
I hope I’ve made the case as to why it’s critical to take supplemental vitamin D3. However, many people make the mistake of just taking whatever is on the shelf of their local drugstore. You need to know what to look for to avoid getting ripped off.
Here are my 3 tips to use as a buyer’s guide:
- The D3 form: Make sure you’re taking 100% natural vitamin D3 which is the safest, most absorbable and most effective form. Avoid synthetic vitamin D2.
- An optimal dose: Leading experts recommend 5,000 IU of D3 daily for optimal health. Most supplements provide far less than this.
- A rice bran oil base: Many supplements have a low quality soy oil base, that has toxins and GMOs. Instead look for a healthier rice bran oil base. Scientific References
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