Never in our lifetime has our immune health been as vital as it is today. We are almost a year into a global pandemic, with what seems to be a pinhole of light at the end of a rather long tunnel. But hope is out there, so now more than ever is the perfect time to flick off those slippers, get out into nature and form better habits. Why not boost your immune system on a cellular level? Enter Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is necessary for your immune system’s proper function, which is your bodies first line of defence against infection and disease. Vitamin D has long been known for playing a pivotal role in healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It is crucial for activating our immune system defences.
Vitamin D is known for enhancing our immune cells’ function, including T cells (which bind to various cells in the body to kill off affected cells and attack antigens). And macrophages (which detect and destroy bacteria and other harmful organisms) protect the body against pathogens (a bacterium, virus or other microorganisms that can cause disease.
Low Vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of respiratory diseases, asthma and viral and bacterial respiratory infections. Currently, there is no cure for coronavirus, and few studies to investigate the effect of Vitamin D supplements or Vitamin D deficiency on the risk of contracting coronavirus.
However, it can certainly boost your immune system to help strengthen your body from the inside out. During the summer months, our skin synthase’s Vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Therefore, it is recommended during the winter months when we can’t synthesis Vitamin D to consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D3, which is what our bodies produce. Although eating a healthy and balanced diet can help in the production of many vitamins within our body, it is difficult to get enough from food alone.
You can get a Vitamin D boost from foods such as eggs, grass-fed grass-finished meat, mushrooms, wild salmon, Lycan, and other oily fish.
Vitamin D supplements are widely available, but if you are putting something into your body, you want to be sure it is the highest quality you can get. At the bottom of this blog, I have listed some websites that I have tried, tested on myself and trust:
Like the old saying tells us, “You don’t know what you’ve got until its gone.”
Well… with vitamins and minerals, our saying is as follows:
“You don’t know what you’re deficient in until you discover it.”
Ensure you’re not depriving your body of anything, especially something that can prevent you from contracting a virus or generally becoming sick and unwell.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”