Vitamin D for a healthy immune system.

Posted by | August 08, 2017 | LENS, Nutrition, Pregnancy Health | No Comments
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Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. It is made in our skin by sun exposure. Recently a very important study showed that babies born in the early spring after winter were more likely to develop multiple sclerosis than if born at the end of summer when vitamin D levels were highest. Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks the brain. The immune system is the body’s defense against invaders like bacteria and viruses. It also helps protect us against cancers that develop internally. We could not survive without an immune system. However sometimes this system gets misdirected and starts to attack our own organ systems. When it attacks the brain this causes MS, if it attacks the pancreas it causes juvenile diabetes in children, it can even cause asthma by attacking the lungs.

The researchers who published the article were able to explain how vitamin D correctly balances the immune system so that it attacks invading organisms and not our own bodies. This research was consistent with our own 39,000-pregnancy analysis that showed pre-eclampsia, the most common complication of pregnancy, was far more frequent in the winter than late summer. In pre-eclampsia, your body can attack elements in the placenta, and this can cause serious high blood pressure and can lead to an early delivery.

This is the reason we want pregnant women taking adequate doses of vitamin D, about 2000 to 3000 units a day. Most prenatals have only 400 to 800 units so you will need to take a vitamin D supplement of about 2000 units in addition to your prenatals to get the proper dose. This will help protect you against pre-eclampsia and balance your baby’s immune system to reduce the risk of diabetes, asthma and MS during childhood and as a young adult.

Dr. Mark Gostine

About Dr. Mark Gostine

A physician for more than 30 years. He is a proud father of four and a grandfather of two. The announcement of his daughter Emily’s first pregnancy and the joy of his first grandchild, were major turning points in his life. They became the inspiration for babyQ. From then on, he wanted to dedicate his clinical knowledge and energy to helping young women have healthier pregnancies and better babies. Voted one of the best 100 doctors in his field in America, Dr. Gostine is a practitioner of nutrition who creates health education modules for his patients. He, along with Dr. of my children,” he says. “My hope is that young mothers and fathers everywhere will give their children the best start because it is so much better to prevent disease early than treat it later.” Dr. Gostine, a native of Michigan, received his medical degree from Wayne State University College of Medicine in Detroit, and is Board Certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his undergraduate studies and his medical residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, followed by a pain management fellowship at the Kansas City Consortium in Missouri. Currently President of Michigan Pain Consultants and Founder of ProCare Systems, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.