Ahhh glorious sunshine. There's nothing quite like it. The way it sparkles and glimmers on water, the way it feels on your skin, the way it brightens your day (literally)...yes, sunshine is pretty great.
But, more than making or breaking a family BBQ, you might be surprised to learn that sunlight is also our essential source of Vitamin D.
Despite being important and most of us knowing a little about it, Vitamin D is one of those nutrients that's easy to slip your mind, especially if you're a parent. Staying in the shade, hats, slathering on sunscreen...all of these lower your child's ability to produce this essential vitamin. And yet, they're good practices for protecting your child against damaging their delicate skin. Feels like a bit of a double-edged sword, doesn't it?
If the tug of war between sun exposure and protection is seeming like an impossible decision, don't worry. Luckily, modern science has allowed the extraction of Vitamin D from other sources for use in Vitamin D supplements.
But why should you consider Vitamin D supplements? What impact might it have on your child? What are the benefits?
To find the answer to these questions, first, we'll need to dive into the basics.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is what's known as a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning that it is stored in the fatty tissue of the body. It's made naturally within the body by your skin when it's exposed to light, but it can also be found in some foods. Tuna, cheese and egg yolks, to name a few.
Why is Vitamin D Important?
This wonder vitamin is important for aiding the normal development and maintenance of healthy bones in the body. It does this by helping to regulate calcium and phosphate levels, encouraging their absorption through the digestive tract into the bloodstream.
The health of your kid's bones is vital - just think of all the growing they have to do! Calcium and phosphate are the champions of bone health, so helping to ensure your children are optimally absorbing these essential minerals may help healthy bone growth and development.
But this isn't all Vitamin D can do. It also helps to support a healthy immune system!
During the younger years of your child's life, a good source of Vitamin D is invaluable. Just think about all the growing they'll be going through! By ensuring they're having a good level of Vitamin D, you may help them in the growth and development of healthy bones.
What Are the Benefits of Giving Your Child a Vitamin D Supplement?
Rather than battle out the question of "to put my kid in the sun without protection, or to not" in your mind, there is an easier way of ensuring your child is getting Vitamin D.
Vitamin D supplements are commonplace nowadays, with many coming in easily administered liquid form.
So, what are the benefits of this?
Well, while the notion of your child getting their needs met by living a healthy lifestyle is wonderful, the reality might be much harder to achieve.
Providing your child with a supplement containing naturally-derived ingredients helps to remove this difficulty, short of kitting your house out with UV lamps. Naturally-derived ingredients and formulations have been designed to provide Vitamin D supplementation while being as gentle on your kid's growing bodies as possible.
As a parent, it's understandable that you want to know all there is to know about something before giving it to your little one. So, if you'd like to learn a little more about the benefits of Vitamin D for your children, you can find more information here.
Otherwise, if you have a more specific question, why not get in touch with us? Our friendly team of natural health specialists would be happy to help in any way they can.
Looking for more information on Vitamin D supplements? If so, explore Brauer Natural Medicine Kids Liquid Vitamin D here.
*Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Vitamins can only be of assistance if dietary vitamin intake is inadequate.
US Department of Health & Human Services 2016, National Institutes of Health, "Vitamin D Fact Sheet for Health Professionals", https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
Health Direct 2016, "Vitamin D Deficiency", https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vitamin-d-deficiency