There are talks the H1N1 flu is back on Australia’s doorstep. I personally didn’t know what the big deal was. I got H1N1. I stayed home. I suffered. I came out fine. (This was all pre-paleo). All this hype about vaccinations etc. I refused to by into. For the record, I believe in vaccinations for life threatening diseases, but the Flu? Don’t really see the point.
However, I have successfully (knock on wood) gone through the majority of this winter with nothing more than a sniffle once or twice. For people who know me they realise this is a huge deal. Last winter I was sick 80% of the time. Even being hospitalised for a horrible throat infection. This year I am a ray of sunshine, which leads me to my next point.
Vitamin D to the rescue!
We all know the plethora of benefits of Vitamin D by now. If there is anything your supplementing, this should be it. One other benefit of Vitamin D is it’s apparent ability to assist the body in fighting off the flu and other infections due to its tendency to stimulate the expression of anti-microbial peptides.
From a 2006 study on Epidemic influenza and Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory infections. Ultraviolet radiation (either from artificial sources or from sunlight) reduces the incidence of viral respiratory infections, as does cod liver oil (which contains vitamin D). An interventional study showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children. We conclude that vitamin D, or lack of it, may be Hope-Simpson’s ‘seasonal stimulus’.
Site Note: It is now thought that this is why people tend to get sicker during winter. Aside from the fact you are often indoors with people carrying infections, the lack of sun during winter drastically reduces your Vitamin D levels.
Whatever the case, increasing your supplementation of Vitamin D during the cold winter months is a good idea. My regular regime of 5000IU per day, gets bumped up to 10,000IU every other day during winter. If I feel the onset of being sick, I will take up to 20,000IU.
So there is another reason (as if you needed any more?) for supplementing with Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is cheap, effective and works wonders. My current brand is Healthy Origins Vitamin D3 5000IU.
You get 360 in a bottle (almost a year supply) for only $14.95 on iHerb. Also if you use the coupon code KOS516 you get a further $5 off your first order