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Five Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Easy Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy as Sickness Spreads the Globe

With the surge of Covid-19, the flu season, and even the common cold heading around the world right now, it’s easy to think you’re destined to contract something. In addition to washing your hands and social distancing, there are more ways you can help your body fight off viruses and other infections that make their way into your community.

1.Eat more citrus

Did you know humans are one of the only mammals that don’t have the ability to synthesize Vitamin C? We have to obtain it from our diet. While Vitamin C plays an important role in many chemical reactions in our body, it’s so important in keeping us from getting sick because it’s a powerful antioxidant. Stock up on oranges, lemons, and grapefruits if you want to keep your body safe and healthy!

2. Don’t smoke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers are generally less healthy than non-smokers. Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which can affect your body’s ability to fight off sicknesses. Smoking throws off the equilibrium of your immune system, so if you’re trying to stay healthy avoid both first-hand and second-hand smoke.

3.Get more sleep

Getting sleep is so important because when we sleep our bodies produce and release cytokines. Cytokines fight infection and inflammation in our body and essentially trigger our body’s immune responses. When you’re stressed about getting sick, it can be hard to maintain a healthy sleeping schedule. Many people will use bright light therapy devices to help wake up in the mornings and fall asleep at night.

4.Manage your stress

Stress is your body’s biological response to an actual or perceived threat. We’re always going to have stress in our lives, but managing it is an important part of fighting off illness. Chronic stress can lower your body’s ability to regulate inflammatory responses. You can manage stress by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, getting more sleep, meditating, or exercising!

5.Raise your Vitamin D

Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to higher infection rates. As we’ve discovered, things like smoking, sleepless nights, and stress, can throw off your immune system’s balance and make it harder to stave off infections. Vitamin D helps your body trigger an immune response to infections, so lower levels make it more likely you’ll get sick this season.

It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide are Vitamin D deficient. At Sperti, we’re passionate about providing a natural solution to low Vitamin D levels. Our Sperti Vitamin D Sunlamp is proven to help raise Vitamin D levels in just 5 minutes every other day.

What are some ways you’re keeping healthy?

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Can Vitamin D Help prevent Tuberculosis?

Approximately one quarter of the world’s population has been infected with tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Nine million people become ill with TB each year and more than a million and a half of those will die from it. Some symptoms of tuberculosis are:

  • A long-lasting severe cough
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood

While it is known that people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to contracting tuberculosis, new studies have shown that low Vitamin D levels are associated with latent tuberculosis (when a person carries tuberculosis but has no symptoms). 

Latent tuberculosis is often a precursor to active tuberculosis, so preventing the contraction of the latent form is the best measure to stay healthy. In a 2019 study of more than 6,000 people, the participants with Vitamin D levels of less than 12 ng/ml were twice as likely to have latent tuberculosis. In the same study, participants with a Vitamin D level of more than 30 ng/ml had the lowest probability of having latent tuberculosis.

If you’re interested in checking your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a home testing kit here.

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Want Healthier Bones? Increase your Vitamin D!

Want Healthier Bones? Increase your Vitamin D!

Our bones are our body’s protector. They provide structure and shield our organs from harm.  Our bones are also where we store our calcium. When they detect our body needs calcium they release it into our bloodstream.  The amounts of calcium and vitamin D you intake into your body directly affect how much calcium your bones will store.

It makes sense that a recent study showed how significant Vitamin D is in maintaining good bone health.

This 2019 study consisted of 1,348 Australian women aged 70 to 85 (a population more prone to osteoporosis and bone fractures). The results showed that bone mineral density (a measure of bone quality) was higher with increased Vitamin D levels.  In addition to this, as the participants’ Vitamin D levels increased, their risk of fracture related hospitalization decreased.

If you don’t know your Vitamin D levels and you’re worried about your bone health, you can purchase a testing kit here.

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Vitamin D and Your Allergies

"Vitamin D And Your Allergies"

 

If you feel like you always have a runny nose and watery eyes, you might be suffering from allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever).  Hay fever is caused by dust mites, pollen, or pet dander allergens and can be triggered both indoors and outdoors. Hay fever affects between 10% and 30% of the worldwide population.

Since hay fever is so widespread, shouldn’t there be a way to prevent it?

A recent study shows that there is!

German researchers studied 80 adults with both hay fever and Vitamin D deficiencies. The researchers blindly administered 40 adults with allergy medication, and the other 40 adults with allergy medication and Vitamin D. The adults who received just the allergy medication showed an 8% reduction in allergy symptoms after 8 weekly treatments. The adults who received the medication in addition to the Vitamin D showed an astounding 29% reduction in allergy symptoms.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, raising your Vitamin D levels through supplements or our Vitamin D Sunlamp can be an effective preventative measure for the symptoms of hay fever.

If you’d like to test your Vitamin D levels, you can purchase a testing kit here.

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Can Higher Vitamin D Levels Better Your Mental Health?

Vitamin D is proven to help you build strong bones, but can it help you build a strong mind?

Studies say yes!

43.8 million American adults experience mental illness in a given year, and chances are you or a loved one are a part of that group.

A 2017 study measured the emotional health, self-perceived mental health, self-perceived general health, and self-perceived stress of more than 7,500 Canadians. The end result of the study was a positive association between good mental health and high Vitamin D levels.

If you’re ever wondering why we’re so passionate about Vitamin D, this is why!

If you’re wondering what your Vitamin D levels are but want to avoid a trip to the doctor, you can purchase a Vitamin D test here!

If you want to raise or maintain your Vitamin D levels, our Sperti Vitamin D Lamp can help the natural way!

 

Four charts portraying the positive association between high Vitamin D levels and good mental health
This chart was created by Grassroots Health to visualize the positive association of high Vitamin D levels and good mental health.