If there’s only one supplement you give your kids, make it vitamin D.
Vitamin D, also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, is crucial to the functioning of your body.
What Does Vitamin D Do?
It promotes bone growth by increasing Calcium absorption.
It boosts the immune system which will protect your kids from getting sick.
Studies show that Vitamin D reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and auto-immune diseases.
From the very young, to the very old, everybody needs this important vitamin.
If you are pregnant, make sure to take this important vitamin as it is especially important for the health of your baby.
How Do You Get Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is found in milk, salmon, and egg yolks.
The main source of Vitamin D is sunlight.
Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine Vitamin” because the body produces it as it absorbs UV rays from the sun.
Most people in colder parts of the country are deficient in Vitamin D during the winter, as there is not much sun exposure during that time.
How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?
Healthy levels of Vitamin D are between 30 and 80.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it gets stored in the fat tissue of the body.
That means that it is possible to take too much Vitamin D and therefore it is important to have your levels checked if you are taking a Vitamin D supplement.
Getting too much sunlight will not cause your Vitamin D levels to get too high as your body self-regulates how much Vitamin D it produces from the sun.
It is very rare to see true toxicity which usually only occurs by taking very large concentrated doses, for example taking 50,000U a day for several months.
How Do Vitamin D Supplements work?
The most common and best absorbed Vitamin D is D3.
It comes in liquid or tablet form, and is commonly found in 400 Units, 1000 Units, and 5000 Unit doses.
Recommended doses depend on your weight, age, and climate.
Some people prefer taking the liquid form as it makes it so easy to take and give your kids.
They just spike their drink every night!
There are also chewables or tablets available.
I just started trying Vitamin D cream.
You just pump out a very small amount and rub it in. It’s one full press down for an adult, so press down until just a little bit comes out for your kids, as they likely do not need a full 10,000U daily.
Most people need between 1000U-5,000U daily.
Vitamin D is so important to give to your kids with so many benefits, as well as some real problems if they do not receive it.
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to mood disorders, as well as other health problems, so taking Vitamin D regularly during the fall and winter months is important.
Just don’t forget to take some yourself!