A source solely dedicated to getting us information about Vitamin D3 is the Vitamin D3 Blog. The posts there tell about Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Myriad Diseases as well as Vitamin D3 and Influenza, among other very important topics. It is mentioned in the "Influenza" post that the recommended daily allowance of D3 is much lower than we truly honestly need, and so a higher dose for maintenance is suggested, as well as a higher dose for giving your immune system a boost. I've heard it suggested that at the sign of a sniffle or cough, increasing your daily D3 intake to be 1000 IUs per pound of body weight will help in the fight. It can be summed up at this page about Vitamin D Therapy Protocol. Personally, in our household we take 5000 - 40,000 IUs for daily maintenance (since we have a variety of ages and sizes), and then we follow the 1000 IU/lb protocol when necessary. (As you can figure from yesterday's post Mick's Scoop on Sugar, this has been one of those protocol weeks.)
"VitaminD reduced flu by 50% vs 8% reduction using antiviral drugs." This statement is from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and it is also sited in an article by Maximized Living and The Times.
Would you rather watch a video and listen to the information? Check out what Maximized Living has to say about it.
We cannot get D3 from food. It's best to get it from sunshine. However, as I sit here indoors, typing on my computer, and you sit reading this, most likely indoors, also, we are not getting our daily dose of sunshine. The sources I like to use for getting Vitamin D3 to my family are Maximized Living (with probiotics) and Vitamin Shoppe (liquid form is handy). Wherever you shop, be sure to pay attention to the type of Vitamin D (needs to be D3), the number of units per dose, and what's in the ingredients.
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Enjoy the "shimmering heat in the sunshine" Isaiah 18:4 (NIV) and be "like a well-watered plant in the sunshine." Job 8:16 (NIV)
Well, OK, maybe not just like the descriptions in those verses when read in context... but a least get out and enjoy some sunshine!