What Is All The Vitamin D Fuss About?

| January 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

winter_sunWe hear a lot about Vitamin D in the winter so there must be something to it. What is all the Vitamin D fuss about?

Turns out, Vitamin D is one of those vitamins that is not easy to get through diet alone.  The most effective way to get vitamins D is through 15 minutes of sun exposure a day, but with risks related to skin damage, being in the cloudy reduced daylight hours of winter, covering up with sunscreen or clothing, and hiding out in the shade, most of us are not getting enough.

Why Do We Need Vitamin D?
Hardly a week goes by where new research isn’t showing us the benefits of this powerful nutrient for the entire family. Vitamin D is not just for healthy bones anymore. A growing body of research is showing us that vitamin D is important in cancers, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease and immune function.

Immune Boosting
Little ones are exposed to numerous viruses and bacteria in daycare centers and schools each day, and frequently pick up colds and infections from exposure to germs. If it seems your child is catching every bug that goes around, a deficiency may be impacting their immune system. Recent research shows that Vitamin D supplements can lower the risk of infections. It is thought that a protein that eliminates bacteria is increased with higher levels of vitamin D, an excellent reason to make sure your kids are getting enough.

Vitamin D in Food
Did you know there is only one vegetable that contains Vitamin D and not a single fruit? Only mushrooms will give you Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is found in fish, eggs, and fortified dairy products so if you have a salmon loving milk drinker, your child is probably getting enough Vitamin D!  If not, you may want to consider supplements to meet Health Canada’s recommendation of 400IU’s (International Units) of Vitamin D a day.

Dairy And Your Child
Milk allergies are one of the most common allergies, affecting 1% of pre-school age and 0.1% of school age kids. Fortified dairy products are the best food source, followed by some meat, fish, and egg yolk, but in much smaller amounts. If your son or daughter is unable to drink milk, eat cheese, or include yogurt in her diet, a deficiency is likely. Because calcium is also so important to healthy bone and teeth development, check with your pediatrician for a calcium vitamin that includes Vitamin D.

For 50% Of Children, Vitamin D Deficiency Is A Reality
It is estimated that nearly half of children are not getting enough vitamin D. In extreme cases where children are deficient they may develop rickets, a bone disease that leads to softening of the bones. Unhealthy bone development in childhood can also lead to osteoporosis in adulthood, and doctors recommend that adults take 600IU’s a day. If you suspect your child is one of the 50% not getting their recommended daily dose, speak with your pediatrician and look for great tasting, Canadian made vitamin D in sunshine gummies!

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Deb Lowther is a writer, runner, mom of 3 and wife of a very driven entrepreneurial husband in the health and nutrition field. When not running after the kids, Deb is running in the trails, climbing mountains, training for a triathlon, doing hot yoga and enjoying her evening glass of wine. She ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active together. After selling their first company in 2015, the Lowthers' launched Element Nutrition with Stuart focusing on creating nutritional products for the baby boomer generation with Boomer Nutrition and kids with IronKids Nutrition. Deb inspires healthy families through numerous articles in print and online, encouraging others to enjoy a healthy diet, staying active and not being afraid to flex a little muscle.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    I had my Vitamin D checked and I had a Vitamin D Deficiency it took me almost a year to get it close to where it should be

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’m amazed that as many as nearly half of children here are not getting enough vitamin D. I have heard that it’s harder here since we live in the northern hemisphere (the fact that it’s often freezing cold in winter doesn’t help either) but it certainly sounds like we all need a daily supplement of Vit D.

  3. kathy downey says:

    My husband and i take 5000 IU’s xDay

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