With all the swine flu stories making the rounds I thought I would put this one up.
As has been pointed out to us, swine flu is hitting those of a younger age the hardest.
In the U.S., the median age of confirmed, hospitalized cases is 15One reason for this is the fact that older persons have been exposed to a variety of different viruses and have more immunities built up. That makes sense.
One other reason and I have tossed this one around in my head for a while, is the diet and lifestyle of these younger persons. They have eaten more processed, dead food, then any generation before them. By dead food, I mean devoid of nutrients.
Then I came across this article:
Inadequate vitamin D levels common in U.S. children
I don't imagine it is all that different in Canada, or the UK or Europe for that matter.
"Definitely in the last 20 years there's been an increase in vitamin D deficiency."
Which coincides with the young being more susceptible to the swine flu.
Vitamin D is natures influenza fighter, and a deficiency in it could be one reason why these young people are more suscepetible to this new virus.
My own doctor recently recommended taking 1000 IU's daily.
Here is some info on Vitamin D and it's value in the human diet
Cell Defenses and the Sunshine Vitamin
Vitamin D, long associated only with its role in bone formation, is actually active throughout the human body, powerfully influencing immune system responses
and cell defenses.
Links back to articles I have put here before on this very subject
Avoid Flu Shots, Take Vitamin D Instead
Vitamin D in a New Light
Both of the above articles from Dr. Donald Miller
Epidemic Influenza And Vitamin D
Health agency to test link between flu, vitamin D
Get out in the sun, eat better and take some additional Vitamin D. A common sense approach to fighting any influenza bug? You decide for yourself.