It has become common knowledge within the Multiple Sclerosis community that MS has been associated with vitamin D deficiency. Supplementation with vitamin D3 is frequently recommended across the board for all MS sufferers, and the recommended levels of supplementation are moving from 2,000 IU daily up to 5,000 IU daily and even more.
A small study published in the Iranian Journal of Neurology watched 15 pregnant women with MS who were given high doses of vitamin D3 and saw a decrease in MS symptoms in the postpartum stage. Typically the rate of relapse is significantly higher during the months following delivery of a baby, so this information could be helpful for new moms hoping to avoid a relapse after giving birth.
I usually prefer to run a micronutrient analysis before advising on supplements in order to see what is truly needed, but there has been a lot of research on the role that vitamin D plays in MS and other autoimmune disorders and there don’t seem to be dangerous side effects from supplementing with high doses.
It’s always good to address digestion when taking supplements as a dysfunctional digestive process may be the cause of nutrient deficiency to begin with. Please don’t hesitate to send me an email if you’re interested in a free initial phone consultation about addressing gut function or nutritional deficiencies.
I hear a lot of people have been suffering this winter from colds that stay and stay. I hear about stuffy or running noses, annoying coughs, and general exhaustion.
My recommendations for knocking this virus out of the body are simple: Garlic tea and vitamins D and C.
Garlic tea has an amazing anti-viral properties and couldn’t be easier to make. Mince or smash a few cloves of garlic and place in a mug. Fill with boiling water and allow to steep for 10 minutes covered with a plate. Add the juice from 1/4-1/2 lemon and enough honey or cane sugar to sweeten.
The most common questions I field about garlic tea are does it make you smell like garlic and does it taste awful? Yes and no. Yes, you will reek of garlic, but hey, you’re sick. How close do you really want to be to other people? And no, when I need it I find it tastes sweet. If you don’t like the taste, add more honey and lemon and plug your nose when you drink it.
I usually eat the garlic at the bottom of my tea, but you don’t need to. Repeat as often as needed.
If your immune system is working overtime, give it a hand up with a booster dose of vitamin D. I like to use 5000 IU of vitamin D3 during times of immune stress. Unless you are normally immune compromised, only take this high of a dose of vitamin D for 5 days at a time.
I prefer to use liquid vitamin D3 rather than capsules because it is easier to measure the dosage.
Acerola cherries are one of the most bio-available sources of vitamin C. Almost 40 years ago, Linus Pauling introduced us to the idea that vitamin C could influence health. His theories have stood the test of time and it is now common knowledge that vitamin C can help you avoid or recover from colds.
I give my kids 1 Tablespoon of acerola cherry powder mixed in water or juice each day when they start to exhibit symptoms of a cold until the symptoms disappear.