You should know that flu is not a happenstance occurance in your life because you didn’t get a flu shot or sat next to a coughing person on the train work, but it is actually vitamin D deficiency disease. Keeping blood levels of vitamin D can be lifesaving during the flu season, especially now when there are new serious viruses like Enterovirus D68.
One of the most preeminent vitamin D researchers in the world, Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council discovered that vitamin D helps produce the antimicrobial peptides that protect against flu. As you can see, the main reason why people are more prone to flu in winter is because vitamin D producing sunshine is minimal or nonexistent at some latitudes. Moreover, people are too bundled up to get enough skin exposed in the first place.
The Journal Nature Immunology published a study which explains how D protects us by properly activating T cells, an important part of the immune system:
“When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or ‘antenna’ known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D.
This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won’t even begin to mobilize.”
This can be troubling because according to the Archives of Internal Medicine, D levels have pummeted for every single age, race and ethnic group in the United Stated over the past 2 decades.
The problem with vitamin D is that it can lurk unnoticed until it’s too late and you are already sick, and after that, it take usually at least several weeks to raise vitamin D levels and so a few days of taking supplements is not going to cut it especially if you have a serious deficiency challenge to overcome or already have the flu.
In this article we will present you some of the symptoms which show that vitamin D is likely a problem and potentially a serious deficiency that needs to be adressed immediately.
- Chronic Pain
If you feel bone pain and chronic pain, it means that you have serious vitamin D deficiency, so don’t take this symptom lightly and check your vitamin D levels as soon as possible.
Greg Plotnikoff, MD, senior consultant with the Allina Center for Health Care Innovations, conducted a study on 150 individuals living in Minneapolis who came to a health clinic. They all complained of chronic pain and were tested for vitamin D deficiency. Virtually every single one, 93%, suffered from extremely low vitamin D. “The group with the lowest levels of vitamin D were white women of childbearing age,” Plotnikoff says.
- Muscle Weakness
Most of the people are not aware of the fact that most muscle weakness issues are low vitamin D related. According to the National Institutes of Health, a person suffering from a vitamin D deficiency will have trouble with proper muscle function.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder which is related to vitamin D deficiency. This nutrient plays an important role in the treatment of psoriasis. Due to the fact that psoriasis gets worse over time and spreads, the minute you notice a little spot on your elbow or knee, make sure to get your vitamin D levels checked and be sure to be taking cod liver oil on a daily basis.
- Constant Fatigue
If you are constantly feeling tired, it means that your levels of vitamin D are down, because this nutrient is necessary for the body to produce energy. Make sure to check your vitamin D levels as soon as you can.
The Vitamin D Council reports that vitamin D is critical for the brain to produce the happy hormone seratonin, so depression is not just in your head. Being depressed can be related to simple nutritional deficiency, and those who suffer from depression during winter months, known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), are a living proof that deppression is caused by lack of sun exposure and hense vitamin D during this time of the year.
- Hypertension and/or Cardiovascular Disease
Just a daily dose of fermented cod liver oil helped my mother to resolve serious high blood pressure problems. In order to avoid this silent, symptomless killer which afflicts 1 out of every 4 US adults, the Vitamin D Council recommends adequate vitamin D levels in our organism.
In addition, the National Institutes of Health has identified vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor which can lead to congestive heart failure.
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Primary and powerful predictor for premature cariovascular disease is chronic kindney disease, which is also a serious health concern.
Given that cardiovascular disease itself indicates a likely vitamin D deficit, many researches indicate that people who suffer from chronic kidney disease are also vitamin D deficient in a big way.