Recent studies show that in order to receive the best levels of protection our blood vitamin D levels should be about 120-200 nmol/l. I personally don’t like to recommend cod liver oil as a vitamin D supplement because it also contain Vitamin A and too much vitamin A taken for long periods of time can cause health problems. Some foods that contain vitamin D include: canned sardines, salmon, tuna, shrimp, butter, sunflower seeds, liver, eggs, mushroom.
It is a common health problem. Vitamin D deficiency can cause accelerated bone loss, increased fractures in the elderly, increased risk to catch the flu and other infections and an increased risk of developing cancer and certain autoimmune diseases. Recently, researchers have confirmed a new definition of what is considered Vitamin D deficiency.
We often think about the immune system this time of year when colds and flus are becoming more apparent. I often get patients ask me, “Is my immune system as good as it could be?” This is not a simple yes or no answer. We know many things can affect our immune system. One thing that has a significant impact on our immune system is stress.
With winter chills, colds and flu just around the corner here’s what we can do to boost our immune system as it is our first line of defense against viruses and disease. Our immune system controls how the body manufacturers our white blood cells which help fight infections.
Over 3 million children in Canada are treated for ear infections every year. The goal of Naturopathic care is to safely and quickly remove the cause of inflammation and infection and to prevent future problems by building a strong immune system. Ear infections are more common in the winter when bacteria and viruses are out in full force.