Infections are in the headlines. From common colds and flu to the big one that is all over the news 24/7, infections got our attention. While a solution to “the” infection is being sought, ensuring that Augusta immune systems are at their optimal level to fight and fight off what infections it can is worth the effort. Augusta chiropractic patients certainly understand the benefits of vitamins C and D. Nutrition is an integral part of health and chiropractic treatment plan. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic shares their advantages to a healthy immune system with some notable medical research studies to back them up.
VITAMIN C TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION
When the risk of infection is elevated, we all hope for prevention and treatment options whose risk of side-effects is low. In comes vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent anti-oxidant particularly when acquired intravenously. Its likely effect is that of reducing inflammation in the lungs. Vitamin C is written to have antiviral properties, too. (1) L-ascorbic acid of vitamin C is a familiar anti-viral agent, one of the more well known ones, particularly when facing the influenza virus. Taken early on in an infection, vitamin C showed anti-viral immune responses as it raised the production of the anti-viral cytokine, interferon-α/β. (2) Vitamin C is quite influential! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic encourages use of vitamin C.
VITAMIN D TO REDUCE INFECTION RISK
An influential research paper in Nutrients states that options to drop infection spread are in demand and states vitamin D as a viable option. Vitamin D decreases the risk of respiratory tract infection. How? It makes cathelicidins and defensins which can lower replication rates of viruses, decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines that inflame and harm the lining of the lungs, and raise anti-inflammatory cytokines. Vitamin D supplementation may be helpful to reduce respiratory tract infection risk. How? Researchers recommended that persons at-risk of infection take 10,000 IU a day of vitamin D3 for a few weeks to get the 25(OH)D concentrations up initially then consuming 5000 IU per day. If someone has an infection already, higher doses of vitamin D3 may be useful. (3) Vitamin D is really influential!
…ADD NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PLAN
The published data is meant to be influential in recommendation decision making. A lot has been published in the medical literature about the importance of nutrition and the immune system’s optimal function. Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate (B9) along with trace elements like zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and selenium also are important contributors to a strong immune system that can change as needed to various threats. Deficiencies of many of these nutrients is worldwide, leaving many not capable of resisting infections. Authors wrote specifically that Vitamin D deficiency added to increased risk for respiratory infection. Several research papers mentioned that vitamin D supplementation decreased the risk of such infections in kids and adults. With such information, authors of a recent review of the literature about vitamins and immunity and respiratory infections said that they strongly urge public health officials to add nutritional recommendations – even consuming more than the “recommended dietary allowance” (RDA) within recommended upper safety limits for specific vitamins like C and D - to their list of guidelines to enrich public health and limit the effects of seasonal and other such viruses. (4)
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Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment with [[compayname]] today. Building a strong immune system may be the top offense against infection as no one wants to live with infection 24/7! Go vitamin C! Go vitamin D! Augusta chiropractic care incorporates nutrition, exercise and spinal manipulation to care for our Augusta chiropractic patients, family and friends.