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Effective Ways to Avoid the Flu

It’s October and the days are shorter, the temperatures cooler, and most importantly your body’s vitamin D production stops. When this happens, our defenses against the cold and flu become weak. Why is it that you do not get the cold and flu during the Spring and Summer? This is because your body is making 20-30,000 IU of vitamin D every day. Vitamin D is one of the many effective ways to avoid the flu and because you cannot get that protection from the beginning of October to the end of March is why many people get sick during this time period.

But if you are like most people and you do not want to get the flu vaccine which contains Thimerosal, an organo-mercury compound, then fear not there is a better, safer, and more effective way to protect yourself from the cold and flu viruses.


The only way you can keep your blood levels of vitamin D up to where they were during the Spring and Summer is to take vitamin D3 supplements. It is physically impossible to get enough from food and from the sun at this time of the year. But just because your body makes 20-30,000 IU of vitamin D from the sun and then converting it to D3 every day during the Spring and Summer, does not mean you have to take that much every day during the Fall and Winter to be protected. Anywhere from 2-5,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day is sufficient, effective and safe.

However if you have diabetes, cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or any auto immune disease you will more than likely need to take much more than 5,000 IU per day. You shouldn’t make that decision on your own. Taking 5,000 IU per day is totally safe and effective. I take that much every day and if I should feel a cold coming on I double it to 10,000 IU per day until I do not feel the cold anymore and then I’m back down to 5,000. If you feel that you need more, then have your doctor perform a 25(OH)D blood test to determine how much more you need to take.

Studies have shown that 75% of Americans and even more of Canadians are vitamin D deficient. Simply put, the further away from the equator of the earth that you live the less vitamin D your body creates. Another factor in the lack of vitamin D production depends on how dark your skin is. So you must take vitamin D3 supplements during the Fall and Winter months for the best way to protect yourself from the cold and flu. Plus you will also get many other health benefits from taking vitamin D3. I get my 5,000 IU vitamin D3 from Puritan’s Pride, see why on My Reviews page.


Another effective way to avoid colds is to consume an abundance of antioxidants. Though vitamin D3 is my top choice for antioxidant protection, there are hundreds of other antioxidants that can and should be taken. – After vitamin D3, Alpha Lipoic Acid would be your second best option. I have heard from a couple of doctors and researchers who have said that if Alpha Lipoic Acid were a drug it would be called a “Miracle Drug”. This is because of how effective it is at protecting the entire body from not just the cold and flu but also in its abundance of other health benefits.

We have all heard that vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant but Alpha Lipoic Acid is way more powerful than vitamin C. How is this possible you ask? All antioxidants are either water soluble, meaning they work their antioxidant powers in the liquid portion of your body or fat soluble by working in the fleshy fatty areas of your body. However Alpha Lipoic Acid is both water and fat soluble. Plus Alpha Lipoic Acid has the unique ability to recharge vitamin C and certain other antioxidants once those antioxidants lose their power to fight infections. It’s like adding a fresh tank of gasoline to your car once it is about to run out so you can drive further.

The only way to get therapeutic amounts of Alpha Lipoic Acid is through supplements, 300 mg per day will do the trick. Alpha Lipoic Acid, like vitamins D3 and C, is extremely cheap. You can get a 2-month supply anywhere from $7-$12.00 dollars, depending on where you buy it. There is no need to spend any more than that. Think about that. You spend $12 on one meal when going out to eat, yet you can get a 2-month supply of a potent antioxidant that will help you stay healthy for the same price or less. I buy my Alpha Lipoic Acid from either Vitamin World or Puritan’s Pride, which ever one has the better sale at the time I order.


Next you will also want to get antioxidants into you from fruits and vegetables. The most potent of them all are any kind of fresh berries. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries,… and also melons since they can also act as a natural diuretic and help to flush toxins out of the body as well as provide you with antioxidants and fiber. Cantaloupe is the most powerful of melons and then Watermelon and next Honey Dew.

As for vegetables Carrots, Broccoli and Spinach are the top in antioxidant powers. However you should also eat a broad range of colorful vegetables such as different kind of red, yellow, orange and green peppers, other leafy greens such as parsley, kale and collard and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Being that most people myself included, have a hard time eating so many vegetables, having a juicer is the best way to consume your vegetables.

By consuming antioxidants year round but especially from October to the end of March, by way of Vitamin D3 and Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements and eating berries, melons and vegetables, you will have a strong immune system to fend off any cold or flu virus.


Other effective ways to avoid getting sick is to practice good hygiene. Always wash your hands after coming inside from a public place and if washing your hands is not an option, use a hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, though this is extremely hard to do, until you can clean your hands. You get sick by germs entering your body through the eyes, nose and mouth. Getting sick can be as easy as you touching a door handle that has been infected by someone who was sick and then you now have the germs on your hand. Then you have an itchy nose or eye, you go to rub your itchy nose or eye and boom, you have infected yourself.

Depending on how hard (forceful) a sneeze or cough is, germs from that sneeze or cough can travel 7-10 feet and linger for hours. Avoid people who are clearly sick when at all possible. This option is almost as hard as not touching your face because when people are sick they do not take the proper course of action and stay home in bed for 2-3 days until they are no longer sick. So they come out into the population to infect everybody else. If you are sick and you have to go out wear an N95 disposable face mask so you do not spread the germs to other people. Obviously no one will do this because they do not want to bring attention to themselves. My answer to that fear is, either you wear a mask and be a responsible citizen or STAY HOME!

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Do I need to take Vitamin D3 Supplements?


It is very important to make sure you have enough vitamin D3 in your blood. There is widespread vitamin D deficiency all throughout America especially if you live in the top half of the country. Vitamin D deficiency is not just an American problem it is a world-wide problem. The simple reason is that the further away from the equator of the earth that you live, the less vitamin D3 you will have in your blood during the fall and winter months.

What is the difference between vitamin D and vitamin D3? Vitamin D3 is the active form of vitamin D that the body can use. When vitamin D enters the body either from the sun, food or supplements the body has to expend energy to break it down into D3. The question: Do I need to take Vitamin D3? The answer is a big Yes!

The best and easiest way to accurately determine you blood levels of vitamin D3 is to have your doctor perform a blood test called 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D or a 25(OH)D test. My doctor says that the optimum blood level should be in the 50-70 ng/mL range. Unfortunately many doctors either do not think it is necessary or just will not do it. If that is the case, demand that it be done and until it is performed take 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. Do not worry, 2,000 IU is extremely safe to take every day. I personally take 5,000 IU every day during the fall and winter months and have been doing so for 10 years after my doctor did the 25(OH)D test on me. Since doing so I’ve never had the flu. Talk about a better option than the flu vaccine.


However there are way more reasons to take vitamin D3 supplements, especially during the colder months, than for the protection from the flu. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a long list of health conditions such as: asthma in children, auto immune disorders, bone pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,  fibromyalgia, hypertension, mood disorders, multiple sclerosis, obesity, osteoarthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, psoriasis, and viruses. Every year scientists are finding even more diseases and disorders attributed to low vitamin D3 levels.


Just looking at the list above and the fact that most Americans are vitamin D deficient, it is no wonder that so many Americans are sick. If you are too scared to get some sunshine on your skin that is not covered with sunscreen, then the only way to get enough vitamin D3 in your blood is to take a supplement. Take at least 2,000 IU because it is impossible to even get the low RDA amounts from food alone.


Do you have any of those disorders listed above? Well if you do and you smoke cigarettes and/or you have darker skin color than a Caucasian, then your vitamin D deficiency will be worse off. To make matters worse if you live in the top half of the country (north of 35 degrees north latitude) you definitely need to supplement during the colder months.

Everyone who lives in this area in the country regardless of skin color has low blood levels of vitamin D3 during the colder months. This is because of the sun’s angle and the fact that no UVB radiation makes its way down to the ground. At this time of the year it is impossible for your body to make 20,000-30,000 IU of vitamin D from the sun. Because of this stoppage in vitamin D production is the number one reason why the cold and flu season happens at this time of the year. All viruses, including the flu, are present and at the same strength all year round. The only reason most people do not get sick during the warmer months is because of vitamin D production.

Do I need to take Vitamin D3 supplements? After reading all of the symptoms of deficiency and why many people are deficient, what do you think? YES you should! In addition, get your blood levels checked so you will know how much more than 2,000 IU you will need. The optimum range of vitamin D3 in the blood should be 50-70 ng/mL. Remember, vitamin D3 supplements are extremely safe and will only be toxic if you should take 50,000 IU per day. Please don’t take that much. A little goes a long way to a strong and vibrant immune system.

If you have any questions about taking vitamin D3, please leave them in the comments section below. I will respond with an answer within 24 hours.