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The Sunshine Vitamin and Your Immunity

hands grasping sunAs the cold and flu season approaches, so does the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency. Most of us rely on the sun’s rays to supply us with this essential nutrient. That’s why it’s often called the “sunshine vitamin” since your skin can synthesize it upon sun exposure.

However, as the seasons change, our sunlight exposure decreases, causing a drop in our body’s vitamin D production.

Making the Immunity Connection

While vitamin D is known for its role in bone health and calcium balance, its impact on the human immune system is equally significant. The best form is vitamin D3, a fat-soluble prohormone stored in our fat cells. Its role during the cold and flu season lies in its ability to influence T cells, B cells, and macrophages, the immune system’s disease fighters.

Low vitamin D levels often exacerbate these conditions, so you may want to explore vitamin D testing. We recommend a consistent supplement regimen with a daily intake of around 1000 IU. Ask us about our D Max liquid vitamin.

A 2022 study revealed that a staggering 42% of Americans currently suffer from vitamin D deficiency, making this a global concern. The key takeaway is that it’s always the right time to fortify your health with vitamin D.

Getting Your Daily Dose

Here are some options to help meet your vitamin D needs:

  • Sunshine—spend time in the sun, without sunscreen, to let your skin produce vitamin D, but be sun-smart
  • Diet—include vitamin D-rich foods like salmon, tuna, eggs, and mushrooms
  • Supplements—if your diet or sun exposure falls short, consider vitamin D supplements, with D3 being the top choice for maintaining consistent levels

Safeguard your immune system by ensuring your vitamin D levels are up to par. Emerging evidence hints at a connection between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19. Speak with Dr. Camac for personalized advice on vitamin D.

Your Health, Our Priority

At First State Health & Wellness, we prioritize your holistic well-being. Make an appointment today to fortify your immunity and overall health.


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