Published on January 22, 2021
Video Friday: Dr. Eric Berg DC describes what the first signs of COVID-19 are and steps to take to immediately support your immune response
It’s Video Friday! Today’s video contains information about the symptoms most people have experienced at the onset of a COVID-19 infection, followed by steps to take at the first sign of any of those symptoms. Taking such immediate action can help boost the immune response and may decrease the duration and severity of symptoms – for COVID as well as many other pathogenic infections.
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What do most people experience at the onset of COVID-19, and what steps can be taken immediately?
Here is a quick summary of what this video discusses, along with additional information and details about vitamin D:
- The most commonly experienced symptoms at the onset of a COVID-19 infection were listed as fatigue (82%), headache (72%), fever (40%), loss of smell, persistent cough, and sore throat
- Symptoms are a result of the immune response, often caused by the release of cytokines. Cytokines are pro-inflammatory chemicals that our immune cells release to destroy pathogens, such as a virus. This is a necessary step in the immune system response, however, without the proper nutritional support, it can result in excessive inflammation or a cytokine storm.
- Steps can be taken to support the immune system response, leading to a potential decrease in duration of the immune cycle, decreased recovery time, and fewer symptoms with less severity (aka, less collateral damage)
- Serious complications of COVID-19 have been linked to metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that occur together and increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes – all known to also increase the risk of complications and death due to COVID-19.
- Several studies have shown a direct link between vitamin D and COVID-19 disease severity and outcomes. Vitamin D is necessary for its roles in reducing inflammation and supporting specific immune cells. We know that the recommended 600 IU/day of vitamin D is not enough; larger doses may be necessary to quickly boost vitamin D levels and allow proper support to the immune reaction against COVID-19.
- Zinc and vitamin C are other nutrients important to the immune response, as well as magnesium, selenium and several other nutrients
- Other steps that can help support the body’s immune response include eating healthy (also decreasing carb and sugar intake), decreasing stress (which directly weakens immune system), increasing sleep, heating up the body (such as by taking frequent hot showers or baths, layers at night to help sweat and speed up recovery) – and even getting some sunlight or other UVB exposure
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D & Other Immune Boosting Nutrients?
By joining the GrassrootsHealth projects, you are not only contributing valuable information to our study, but you are also gaining knowledge about how you could improve your own health through measuring and tracking your nutrient status, and educating yourself on how to improve it. Do you know what your status of vitamin D, omega-3s, and other essential nutrients is? Could your levels be improved? Test now to find out!
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What does the Research Say about Vitamin D & COVID-19?
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There is much published research that supports a clear link between vitamin D and COVID-19 showing that higher vitamin D levels are related to:
Be sure to educate yourself on the benefits and importance of vitamin D for immune health, and take steps to ensure you and your loved ones are getting enough.
You can review all of the COVID-19 and immune health information we have shared on this page.
What Does it Take YOU to Get Your D to 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)?
Did you know your health could be greatly affected by making sure you have a vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)? Help us help you.
STEP 1 - Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, be sure to test today to find out.
STEP 2 – Determine your target level. Are you at your target level? Experts recommend a level of at least 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
STEP 3 – Need to boost your level? Use the D*calculator to see how much vitamin D it may take to reach your target. Opt for the Loading Dose for a quicker boost.
STEP 4 – Optimize how your body absorbs and utilizes vitamin D with co-nutrients and these simple steps.
STEP 5 – Re-Test! This is an important step to make sure you have reached your target level, and to ensure you are not taking too much! Re-testing after 3-4 months is recommended.
STEP 6 – Adjust, Repeat…
Give your immune system the nutrients it needs to support a healthy you and protect yourself from unnecessary diseases, especially COVID-19.
The first Randomized Controlled Trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 has shown a 96% lower risk of ICU admission for those receiving vitamin D (as 25(OH)D to quickly boost vitamin D blood levels) along with the standard treatment, compared to those receiving standard treatment alone.
These results support many previous observational studies showing a relationship between vitamin D levels and intake and COVID-19 severity.
GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has launched the new Immune Boost project with the use of our myData-myAnswers nutrient health system that nearly 15,000 people are already using for their health. Specific markers that influence immune health are suggested for testing as part of this project including:
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 Index
- Essential elements magnesium, selenium, and zinc
Our goal is to demonstrate how one can use the Nutrient Research Model established by Dr. Robert Heaney to show the effect of vitamin D serum levels of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) on risk reduction for all ethnicities in the population. Status and intake of other nutrients will also be analyzed for any type of relationship to immune status and symptom severity. Join the project today!
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Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
To help you track your supplement use and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created the Personal Health Nutrient Decision System called
For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!