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The best way to prepare yourself for the cold and flu season, is to make sure your immune system is up to par. I routinely assess my patientís Vit. D status. This vitamin used to be used in minute doses of 400 I.U. per day - however recent research finds that most people are deficient in this very important Vit. because: they donít get enough sun (Vit. D is produced on the skin exposed to the sun), or they are using sun screen which blocks the sunís rays, and the darker the skin, the less Vit. D is absorbed. After doing the bloodtest, the common dose of Vit. D given depends on the age of the person - children need at least 200o I.U, if they are deficient, adults more than twice that. If you have a cold or flu, that dosage is increased, as Vit D not only prevents respiratoy infections, but helps shorten them if you have one.
Also important is a taking Vit. C daily as an immune support, and making sure your diet is low in sugar as sugar ingestion depletes your natural immune function for up to 7 hours after eating. This includes high fructose corn syrup which most people donít recognize as sugar, and it is in alot of prepared foods, syrups, canned goods, and sodas. To keep your immune system healthy during the winter, eat plenty of green and yellow vegetables, eat fruits that contain Vit. C, like cranberries, kiwi, oranges, and lemons, and drink plenty of water. If you have allergies, make sure your taking extra Vit. C, or Quercetin, an anti-inflammatory for sinus

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