Influenza and colds occur at higher rates during winter months. This leads to increased hospitalization rates and doctor visits. During this time, slowly adding healthy diet and exercise routines reduces chances of severe sickness. Additionally, Vitamin D3 with K2 will maximize your immune system potential.
Vitamin D3 Worldwide Deficiency
We usually get pre-vitamin D3 from the absorption of UV-rays from the sun. With modernized jobs and work-from-home situations, it’s hard to get enough sun. Also, UV-ray absorption varies by skin color, time of day, season, and geographical region. Therefore, supplementation is typically necessary to reach baseline levels of D3. With substandard levels of vitamin D3, hospitals cite an increased rate of mortality and increased likelihood of severe sickness with CV-19. Link here. Other studies show positive results with other common diseases.
What’s Vitamin D3 Baseline?
Serum Vitamin D3 levels become deficient at <20 ng/ml. Therefore, having levels around 30-40 ng/ml is optimal. In studies of Vitamin D3 levels of African hunter-gathers, serum Vitamin D3 levels were 48 ng/ml. Hypercalcemia is a possible issue that can arise with Vitamin D3 supplementation. However, taking a supplement with a combination of vitamin D3 and K2 can reduce this side-effect. K2 activates cells that deposit calcium in bone thereby helping to prevent hypercalcemia. Optimal amounts of vitamin D3 active anti-inflammatory cells and decrease activity of inflammatory substances.
Testing Your Levels
The best test to check vitamin D3 levels is the 25-hydroxy vitamin D test. Tests are available at your local physicians office. Risk for influenza, infections, and other common disease are less common and less severe with optimal vitamin D3 levels.
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