According to Dr. Cole 70% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. Why is that important? If you’re deficient in vitamin D your body can’t fight off infections. Dr. Cole, CEO and Medical Director of Cole Diagnostics, one of the largest independent labs in the State of Idaho. Dr. Cole is a Mayo Clinic trained Board Certified Pathologist. He is Board Certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. He has expertise in immunology and virology and also has subspecialty expertise in skin pathology. He has seen over 350,000 patients in his career, and has done over 100,000 Covid tests in the past year. Dr. Cole says there’s no flu season there’s only a vitamin D deficiency season. You may know of vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin. However if you live 35° above or below the equator you get no vitamin D produced by the suns interaction with your skin for five months out of the year. If you’re deficient anytime and especially November through March you need to supplement with vitamin D3 instead of depending on sun exposure. My dear friend and nutritionist Clara Felix said the range when the sun is no help is even longer, October through April. The now famous Dr. Fauci takes 9000 mg of vitamin D in winter time. Vitamin D is important for so many things including: -Protecting you from getting sick -keeping your bones strong -stabilizing your mood.
If you have doubts about your vitamin D levels, you can get a blood test. Be forewarned! The “Normal” range is abnormally large. I’ve seen it reported from 30 to 100 units. A medical doctor told me that with a level of 30 I was “normal''. Well maybe normal… But certainly not optimal. Your range should be between 40 and 60 for better health. In the summer months you need to expose most of your skin to the sun for 20 minutes between the hours of 11 to 3 when the sun is highest in the sky for your skin cells to make vitamin D. And that’s without sunscreen. Of course, don’t get a sunburn because that promotes skin cancer. As with most health practices, start slow and increase sun exposure as your skin get’s tanned. If you have darker skin you need even more time in the sun with no sunscreen to produce vitamin D. Again being careful to start with less time. The type of vitamin D you want to take if needed, and remember 70% of North Americans are deficient, is vitamin D3. Most healthcare practitioners recommend 1000 mg per day or more. If you take too much you could get headaches or your eyelashes could begin to fall out. Vitamin K2 Increases the absorption of vitamin D. I take those in combination from Bioclinic Naturals. You can order this and other supplements from Fullscript. Get a 10% discount and free shipping on orders of $50 or more using this link. After you create your account search for Vitamin D3 & K2 from Bioclinic Naturals. For more information watch Dr. Cole’s interview with Capital Carity here. As always, here’s to your best health! Dr. Linda PS. Click here to create or open your Fullscript account for 10% discount and free shipping on orders over $50 or more.
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