Vitamin D deficiency in children skyrockets

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in Health & Wellness, Health Optimization

As we all know, vitamin D is essential for health, and the most optimal way to obtain that is through sun exposure. For about half the year, people get higher amounts of sun exposure due to more daylight hours, warmer weather, and participation in outdoor activities.

looking-outsideAccording to a study by the UK-based public awareness campaign, in the last five years the number of children with vitamin D deficiency has soared by 200 percent! (1)

During the colder months, it may be more difficult to obtain vitamin D sources from the sun, but it’s not impossible since there are other natural sources.

Vitamin D essential to children’s health

People of all ages need vitamin D, even babies developing in the mother’s womb. Dr. Michael Holick, one of the leading vitamin D researchers, emphasizes the importance of vitamin D in the body, especially for pregnant mothers or for women who are planning to get pregnant. (2)

Holick says, “I [see] vitamin D [as] critically important from birth until death.” He goes on to explain how vitamin D deficiency can be a major issue for the developing fetus in many ways. (2)

For example, a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy determined whether a child suffered from asthma and wheezing. (3) Additionally, a lack of vitamin D is very common in children who are frequently sick. (4) Finally, the immune system needs vitamin D to function properly; children who have optimal levels are less likely to catch the flu compared to children who are deficient. (5)

Optimize your vitamin D with these three considerations

Some guidelines as to how to optimize vitamin D levels for people of all ages:

  1. Get plenty of sunlight. This is the most preferred and optimal choice, if at all possible. If getting plenty of sunlight is a problem, then consider a high-quality tanning bed that uses magnetic ballasts to generate light (as opposed to the electronic ballasts).
  2. Consider supplements. Make sure it’s vitamin D3; the dosages are as follows: newborns (400-1,000 IUs per day), children 1 year of age and older (600-1,000 IUs per day), and adults (1,500-2,000 IUs per day).
  3. When supplementing, consider vitamin K2, magnesium, and calcium. Taking these three supplements, in addition to vitamin D3, optimizes the effectiveness because they work together synergistically! (2)

There are vitamin D3 patches that supposedly provide the optimal absorption rate and are much better than oral supplements. And remember, if you get your vitamin D3 levels tested, the optimal range is 50-70 mg/ml! (2)

Sources for this article include:

(1) www.dailymail.co.uk
(2) articles.mercola.com
(3) ajcn.nutrition.org
(4) www.medicinenet.com
(5) ajcn.nutrition.org

Source: Healthy Holistic Living