Welcome back to our 4 Part Series on Nutrient Saturation …
Like our discussion of Active and Passive ways to combat stress and strengthen your immune system, this series highlights more all-natural ways your body can fight off infection …
Taking any or all of these 4 Core Micronutrients will give you more energy each day AND help your body fight off infection - and everyone knows we all need more of both …
That said, let’s jump right back in and get right to Immune-boosting Micronutrient #3 …
It’s one more super basic, but usually missed nutrient you MUST have to maintain a robust immune system over time ...
You know, so you don’t get sick in the first place?
You can mess around with other immune-supporting things like Elderberry and Mushrooms, but if you don’t have this one, your foundation is weak ...
It’s Vitamin D.
A major reason why winter is “flu season” is because people’s immune systems are suppressed from decreased sun exposure and, in turn, decreased Vitamin D production in the body.
Besides modulating your immune system, Vitamin D acts on over 1,000 genes and helps you manufacture important anti-aging hormones like HGH.
Now, if you’re located in areas of the planet with strong sunshine, your body can manufacture Vitamin D on its own, BUT if you live in a northern, cold area … what are you supposed to do?
Simple ... find a specific superfood I like to call “Stored Sunshine.”
You see, certain foods concentrate the beneficial effects of sunlight for you ...
They contain large amounts of Vitamin D and it’s all-important co-factor, Vitamin A.
People in Northern Climates used to solve the lack of sunshine problem by supplementing with Cod Liver Oil daily … it’s “Stored Sunshine!”
My mom, who’s in her 70’s now - and super healthy! - has recounted how her mom used to give her spoonsful of Cod Liver Oil while growing up in post WW2 rural Minnesota … and she didn’t get sick as a child, either.
If you’re in a cold, dark area for months or worried about getting the flu, consider taking Cod Liver Oil - it’s one of nature's strongest medicines!
Vitamin D is also available in supplemental form; however, if you go this route you NEED to take it with hard-to-find Vitamin A at the same time to prevent Vitamin D toxicity.
A lot of people will just go get some Vitamin D in supplement form and start bombing 10,000-25,000iu’s … DON”T DO THIS!!!
Take the safer route and get yourself some Cod Liver Oil - it contains just the right amount of Vitamin A along with the Vitamin D.
What to look for ...
The most pure Cod Liver Oil on earth comes from Norway, and it’s made using a 700-year-old, all-natural Viking recipe … totally raw, totally real!
It’s super potent and one of the very few superfoods that I could feel working within minutes.
That said, it’s a pure, raw product - direct from the source - and has a VERY STRONG taste.
You gotta be committed if you want to take the liquid form.
Heads up, though ...
This is NOT for the meek!
The first time I tried it, the taste lasted and lasted in my mouth – for hours - a testament to how bioactive these molecules are …
BUT it was 100% worth it!
Why this Cod Liver Oil vs what you can find in stores?
This one is far, far more potent, far more pure, and ... NOT RANCID!
Store bought fish oils have a huge rancidity problem, which increases your inflammation, and it is usually covered with strong artificial flavors like lemon.
Again, if you want to talk about hugely beneficial, traditional foods containing “Stored Sunshine,” it’s hard to beat a 700-year-old Viking recipe from Norway.
Now, I get it … raw, fermented Cod Liver Oil isn’t for everyone.
Don’t worry, If you can’t handle the taste, they finally came out with gelcaps.
So … if you prefer supplemental forms of Vitamin D & Vitamin A over a potent but smelly superfood, your best bet is the company Thorne.
Thorne is what I would consider a pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplement company.
Excellent Vitamin D & A are hard to find in supplemental form, and Thorne is one of the few companies who make both.
Bulletproof also makes a high-quality gelcap that contains Vitamins A, D & K - if you’re in a pinch, it’s great for travel.
The issue with combination vitamins is that you can't adjust the dosage for your bodyweight AND you can’t adjust the ratios of the vitamins to each other.
In this case, you might be getting too much Vitamin K and too little Vitamin D ...
BUT honestly, if you have a busy & stressful travel schedule … it’s far, far better than nothing.
Next time, we’ll cap off our 4 Core Immune-Boosting Nutrient series with a final basic, but too often ignored micronutrient ...
And, NOPE, your body can’t manufacture this one on your own like Vitamin D …
You must consume it ...
‘Til then, keep that immune system strong – stay Nutrient Saturated!
AND tune in next time for the big reveal … Core Micronutrient #4!
To Your Health, Theo