Allergies? How are your vitamin D levels?
There’s a lot of talk about seasonal allergies right now; on the news, internet and in people’s living rooms. One thing few people are mentioning is how much vitamin D which is actually a hormone naturally produced in the body) can help the body deal with the inflammatory response produced by an allergen. Low Vitamin D levels can reduce the body’s ability to effectively deal with #inflammation, and therefore proper D levels may help one avoid some more common illnesses (see article).
It has not been proven that a deficiency is the *cause* of these diseases, but a connection has definitely been seen. There is a simple blood test to determine where your levels are and if you need supplementation. Many people feel much better after checking theirs and adding it to their regimen accordingly. It’s worth a try!
The best way to get vitamin D is to sit in the sun, exposing skin without sunscreen for 10-20 minutes several days a week. The second best way is through food (fatty fish like salmon, cheese, egg yolks, beef liver and fortified foods). Another way to get vitamin D naturally is to take 1tsp of cod liver oil daily. There are a couple good brands like Nordic Naturals, that have nothing added except a little lemon flavor, and provide your body what it needs without upsetting other hormonal/mineral balances the way synthetic vitamin d supplements can do. Be aware too that synthetic vitamin D consumption in excess can affect calcium levels in the body which is one reason getting it naturally is the best way to go.
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