A new study done by the UK-based campaign, Vitamin D Mission, has found that in the last five years, the number of children with vitamin D deficiencies has increased by more than 200 percent. Vitamin D deficiencies are not well known, but they can affect multiple aspects of your child’s health. Thankfully, it is one of the easiest vitamin deficiencies to fix.
The Importance of Vitamin D in Children
Your body relies on proper levels of vitamin D for several things. Vitamin D is needed by your immune system to function properly. It has also been found that children with proper levels of vitamin D are less likely to catch the flu. Vitamin D is even also crucial for healthy teeth.
If that is not enough to convince you that your child needs more vitamin D, know that asthma, thyroid issues, and autoimmune diseases have also been linked to low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D has also been researched on cancer rates, and those who had better levels of vitamin D also had the greatest reduced risk of breast cancer.
How to Up Your Child’s Vitamin D Levels
The easiest and best way to increase your vitamin D levels is to get more sun exposure. Aim for your child to get 15-30 minutes a day of unprotected sun exposure. This is definitely easy to do in the spring and summer time. However, during the winter time, you may find it harder to get sunshine time in.
Vitamin D supplements are not the best choice, but they can help. Instead, try to up your child’s vitamin D intake naturally with cod liver oil, fatty fish, beef liver, and egg yolks. If you do take a supplement, find one that contains vitamin D3, not D2. Also, be sure the supplement is safely made for children.
How Else to Help Your Child
It is best not to simply give your child a vitamin D supplement and think you are safe. Instead, reach for healthier goals as a family. This means eating a healthier, whole foods-based diet and getting plenty of exercise outside when the weather is good. When it comes to your child’s health, you want to teach them healthy habits, not just how to take a supplement or pill.
You can find out more about if your child has a vitamin D deficiency and which supplements are safest to take when you talk to your child’s doctor. Please always consult a doctor before taking any health advice online.
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