There is no doubt about it that getting the common cold is no fun. And coming down with the flu can be a real nightmare! No one wants to miss work or school and have to deal with a fever, chills, headaches, body aches and just plain misery for a week or so (or even longer if you do not take care of yourself).
Here’s something very important most people do not understand: It is must easier to prevent the flu (or any sickness or disease) than it is to treat it. You’ve heard the quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But, for most people, it’s nothing more than lip service. It’s just human nature. When you are sick and you feel terrible, you say you are never going to let “this” happen again. You are going to eat right, exercise, etc. But, as soon as you feel like you’re back to your old self, you start acting like your “old self.” Don’t feel bad… just about everyone does it that way… except for the people who almost never get
Let’s face it, ALWAYS eating right; getting proper rest, reducing stress and so on in today’s society is nearly impossible. That’s why you should always make the effort to do your best and to find small, but powerful, things that can help you in a big way.
For a while, some medical experts have ranted and raved about Vitamin D and its positive effects on health, and more and more research is being published that makes it look like they’re right. For example, Dr. Joseph Mercola writes, “According to the findings from a 2010 study that didn’t get any widespread attention, vitamin D is a highly effective way to avoid influenza. “In fact, children taking low doses of Vitamin D3 were shown to be 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu. “The randomized, double blind, placebo controlled study included 430 children aged 6-15, who were followed between December 2008 and March 2009. “Half were given 1,200 IU’s of vitamin D3 daily, while the other half received a placebo. “Influenza strains were determined through lab testing of nose and throat swabs. “Eighteen of the children taking vitamin D contracted influenza Type A, compared to 31 children in the placebo group.
“Type B influenza rates were unaffected by vitamin D use, however, the illness resulting from
Type B influenza strains is typically milder than Type A. “Considering the fact that influenza was reduced by 42 percent at a dose of just 1,200 IU’s a day, it’s possible that even better results might be obtained with higher dosages—depending on just how deficient you are to begin with, of course, because it’s not really the dosage that matters; it’s the amount of vitamin D in your blood.”
One huge thing to understand here is that the study isn’t just referring to “Vitamin D,” it’s referring to Vitamin D (3). So, if you are going to take a Vitamin D supplement, it should be for
Vitamin D (3)… and it is always recommended you consult with a qualified physician who is an expert on nutrition and up on current research. A lot has recently changed about what researches and scientist know about nutrition, not to mention what was taught in school 10 or 20 years ago!
But, here’s something else that is important and often very misunderstood: The best possible source of Vitamin D does not come in the form of a dietary supplement. The best source is the SUN.
Wait, isn’t sun exposure bad? Doesn’t it cause skin cancer? The first thing to understand is that “sun exposure” is not bad. Too much sun exposure is bad. Water is not bad for you but drinking too much water can kill you. Simply because drinking too much is bad for you does not mean you should not drink any. The same is true for the sun. Everyone is different but everyone needs the proper amount of sun to maximize their health potential. You should get regular amounts of sunlight but NEVER enough to burn you. Since skin types vary, as does the sun’s strength in different geographic locations, there is no “formula” to follow. Once again, seeking advice from a physician well educated on this subject is a must. Getting no sun is not good, but you don’t want to get too much, either.