I haven’t been sick in 14 months. For me, that’s a pretty big deal.
Let me give you a little bit of history. In December 2014, just before Christmas I got wicked sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis which lasted for about a month. Sick as a dog. Missed almost a week of work. Then, about six months later in July 2015, I got it AGAIN. This time it lasted for six whole weeks and took a giant chunk out of the middle of my summer. I couldn’t ride my bike for two months, and friends and coworkers were even commenting on how seriously sick I had been during the past six months. In early December 2015, it got worse – I came down with pneumonia. I laid in bed for an entire week and was sick for a month. Health wise, it was a very bad year. It seemed that every cold that went around my office hit me hard and stuck around forever. I started to worry that in addition to my asthma, I might have some awful underlying lung disease. I started to worry that this was my new normal.
I asked Dr. Google why I was sick all the time, and so severely, and I kept stumbling across information about vitamin D deficiency. That’s where things took a positive turn!
Right after Christmas 2015 and the bout with pneumonia, I started taking 10,000 units of vitamin D each day. (That’s a mega dose, by the way.) Within a few weeks, I really did start to feel a bit better. I stayed on that mega dose through spring and summer 2016, then decreased my dose to 5,000 units daily. Colds went around my office from time to time, and though I might get a stuffy nose or a bit of a head cold that lasted for a few days, I never fully got sick. My body seemed more able to fight off whatever germ tried to settle in and make itself at home. Throughout the fall and winter, I stayed on that 5,000 unit vitamin D dose. And here we are in February 2017 and I’m STILL healthy! It has been 14 months since I have been what I would call sick.
One day at work, I was sharing with a friend about what a difference vitamin D supplementation has made in my health. Apparently, his doctor had advised him that by and large, most Ohioans probably have some degree of deficiency, since we don’t get enough sunshine for our bodies to produce an ample supply on their own.
None of the above is medical advice, mind you. I was never diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency and have no proof that’s what was affecting my health. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding. If you have been frequently sick, or more seriously ill than those around you when colds and other bugs sweep through your community, you might want to talk to your doctor about vitamin D. It has truly made a big improvement in my health.