The many roles of Vitamin D for Defense

The winter months can seem like they drag on with the various stuffy noses, sore throats, and colds that we get. The good news is there is a supplement that is cost effective and efficient in preventing some of these things. Vitamin D has many roles in the body including our skeletal system, immune system, and cardiovascular system to name a few. Our body produces vitamin D naturally when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Being hardy Minnesotans, getting the proper amount of sunlight in this frozen tundra is not only difficult but almost impossible with the distance of the sun during this time of year. This is why it is so important for everyone living in northern hemispheres to supplement vitamin D.

Vitamin D is associated with strengthening and growing bones, it converts calcium from the form we consume, into the form our body needs to help our bones grow and repair. In our immune system it can activate our immune cells so they are more ready to fight off some of the "bugs" that get into the body. In our gut lining, it can help to maintain healthy gut flora, also essential for your immunity! Vitamin D also contributes to heart health. It has been scientifically proven that vitamin D can help lower the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and stroke.

While we don't sell vitamin D supplements directly in our office, we do offer access to high quality and pure brands. Dr. Lindsey said she prefers a liquid form of vitamin D3 that is good for all ages. Vitamin D is readily available at most grocery and health food stores at reasonable cost.

And remember, another great way to fight off common colds, stuffy noses, and sinus congestion is chiropractic care! Studies have also shown that people who utilize routine chiropractic adjustments end up going to the hospital less frequently. That is because a healthy spine and nervous system creates a healthier body overall and can even boost your immunity. So, stop in and see us at Watkins Family Chiropractic of Savage and get your "tune up" today. The friendly staff, along with Dr. Josh and Dr. Lindsey will be excited to assist you in becoming the healthiest version of you.