Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season Part 1: Vitamin D

Fall is slowly creeping up on us here in Central Florida. It is not too late though to get some sunshine to build up your Vitamin D reserves. I found this great video from Paul Bergner last month about the importance of Vitamin D in preventing colds, flu, and cancers. In summary Vitamin D is created by the body when it is exposed to sunlight which is at an angle of 45 degrees or more. During the autumn and winter months in northern latitudes the sun does not reach this height. This corresponds with depleted serum levels of Vitamin D and increased occurrence of colds and flus. I consulted with Jason P Aufdenberg professor at Embry Riddle about the sun angles here in Daytona Beach. According to his calculations the noon-time sun in Daytona Beach reaches greater than 45 degrees altitude until November 4th, then not again until about February 5th. Enjoy the video!

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