It’s That Time of Year for Vitamin D
It’s that time of year to start supplementing with Vitamin D.
On Monday, start supplementing Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) at a dose of 10,000iu per day until May 1st, 2018. Our Vitamin D 25 OH levels start to dramatically decline this time of year. By the time Thanksgiving comes, we are drinking a bit more alcohol, eating more comfort foods, sitting around on the sofa doing jack shit, and then Christmas comes. We’re partying, eating all the cookies and treats then New Year’s is here and BAM!!! Everyone has the flu.
Why is this so? They call it flu season but yet it’s not even a season. The flu is all around us in April, May, June, July, and even August but why aren’t we getting the “bug” in the summer? Because our Vitamin D levels are way above a level of 30 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL from the sun.
Yup. By mid-October, just about everyone’s level who is living North of Florida, will be <30 ng/mL. I look at hundreds of blood panels a month and this is the common denominator. It’s unbelievable. Only about 12% have sufficient amounts of Vitamin D in their blood in the winter months.
When we become deficient in this very important fat-soluble vitamin, our immune system will not be able to fight off most viral pathogens. A virus like the flu, for instance, puts a heavy hit on our immune systems if it is able to get in our bodies and penetrate a cell. Once it slips its genetic material into a cell (kinda like a mosquito), it will replicate and I mean replicate.
For example, a bacterium will replicate itself by what’s called, binary fission or mitosis. This is when the fully grown parent cell splits into two halves, producing two new cells. Then you have two which then makes four… which then makes… eight. Comprende?
Now, a virus is much different. Once the virus gives birth, you can have as many as 10,000-100,000 little bastards running around reeking havoc. There will be no neutrophils, macrophages or any other WBCs to fight the fight from the simple lack of this vitamin.
This is exactly why we have the flu, we are knocked out for days, as opposed to a bacterium like E-coli where we ate something bad, got severely ill, then were better in only a few hours. Even though the viruses are the smallest of pathogens, they can be the most deadliest simply because they can have as many as 100,000 offspring as opposed to a bacterium which is much slower.
We want to try to stick with a highly alkaline diet through the winter months and make sure that we supplement D3. Guess what this does? It prevents us from getting sick.
Now, if you are binging on a lot of sugars, carbs and fatty foods, just try adding salads, vegetable juices, greens powders, or greens to those meals to help balance the acids/bases. For instance, if you have pizza for lunch, eat a salad first. This is so very important for keeping your immune defenses on point.
I hope to see few to none “sick posts” this holiday season. If I do, I’m not gonna wish you a speedy recovery. LOL. I’m gonna give you a lecture. Don’t tell me that your kids brought the virus home. It’s not the environment around us that makes us sick, it’s the environment that we create within our bodies. Das it for now. Have a great holiday weekend everyone!