Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Flu Season and Vitamin D

With flu season fast approaching, I want to talk about the connection with vitamin D level and respiratory infections like the flu. I have been reading about research that has been done that indicates higher vitamin D levels actually may prevent colds and flu! I found one study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

This will be my first flu season at optimal blood level of vitamin D and when the season ends, I'll post an update on my health through the season. Flu season peaks in November through April.

Just one more reason to get your level checked by your health care provider right now. Don't wait because the death toll from the flu, worldwide, is estimated to be between 250,000 and 500,000. Ask your provider to test your blood for vitamin D level. Ask for a test called 25-hydroxyvitamin D test, also called a 25(OH)D.

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