low vitamin D levels are associated with worse asthma.
Mesa, AZ (Vocus) July 21, 2010
Doctor Finders announces a new all-natural program to help reduce severe asthma symptoms. Recent news has linked low levels of Vitamin D to a 50% increase in a risk of severe asthma attacks, according to researchers led by Dr. Augusto A. Litongua, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. The findings were reported in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. However, it is important to note Vitamin D levels did not appear to have any affect on moderate asthma symptoms.
Vitamin D serves several functions within the body. As related to asthma, Vitamin D’s role in boosting immune system functions may also help enhance the effects of anti-inflammatory steroid hormones used to treat asthma. Dr. E. Rand Sutherland from the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver published a study finding “low vitamin D levels are associated with worse asthma.” The Study was published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Allergies are often at their worse during the summer months and may induce allergy related asthma. In order to help those suffering from asthma, Doctor Finders has put together a simple, easy-to-follow program to help reduce severe asthma symptoms:
1. Drink a minimum of one glass of milk with vitamin D per day. The vitamin D also helps the body absorb calcium for stronger bones.
2. Drink one glass of orange juice with Vitamin D per day.
3. Eat at least one meal a week that includes fatty fish.
4. Spend 20 minutes a day in direct sunlight. The skin produces Vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. It is important to spend time outside in all seasons, not just the summer time. For longer exposure to sunlight, sun tan lotions are recommended to prevent the skin from burning.
Obese people should increase vitamin D intake, as Vitamin D is stored in the fat in heavier people, whereas with healthy weight people, more vitamin D enters the blood stream and produces more beneficial effects.
“These recent studies show the importance of vitamin D to the body’s functioning. Part of the problem today is the amount of time people spend indoors in front of computers, TVs and video games,” says Clint Ethington of Doctor finders. “Spending a little time in the sun each day will not only help improve Vitamin D levels, but it may also encourage more exercise and a healthier lifestyle. Our program is designed to incorporate healthy foods and drink such as fish, milk and orange juice combined with a lifestyle that values exercise and the outdoors. Each one of these elements has benefits to the body that go far beyond Vitamin D levels.
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