Are You Vitamin D Aware? Here Are The Facts On Vitamin D Consumption And How Important It Is For Families, Both During Autumn And All Year Round
October is here, the autumnal mornings are misty and dark and it seems like it might never stop raining. The bad weather and lack of sunshine means it’s important to be aware about the facts of vitamin D consumption, especially during the autumn and winter months, but also all year round.
It’s estimated that up to a quarter of people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D in their bodies, which means they are at risk of deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency impairs the way calcium is absorbed into bones, and may lead to childhood rickets, and bone pain or tenderness in adults.
Vitamin D occurs naturally in a few foods such as oily fish and eggs, however. it is difficult to get enough vitamin D through food alone.
The best source of vitamin D is summer sunlight on our skin (making sure to limit exposure and keep skin safe in the sun). The UK Department of Health recommend that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement, this includes pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and children, all year round, but particularly during the months between October and March, when the sun isn’t strong enough and the weather is decidedly gloomy.
Here are five vitamin D facts to make sure you’re aware of the UK Department of Health guidelines:
1) If you are pregnant then it’s recommended that you take a daily supplement containing 10μg (microgrammes) of vitamin D (Vitabiotics Pregnacare Original, Liquid, Plus, Max and new Pregnacare Gummies contain the recommended 10 μg of vitamin D)
2) If you’re breastfeeding, then the same applies (Vitabiotics Pregnacare Breast-feeding contains the recommended 10 μg of vitamin D)
3) Even if you’re not breastfeeding, it is still recommended that all adults should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement, particularly during October and March. Pregnacare New Mum supplements also contain the recommended 10 ug of vitamin D.
4) Babies, from birth to one year, and children aged between one and four years, are deemed at a greater risk of not getting enough vitamin D. It is recommended that they are given a daily supplement of vitamin D (including breastfed babies and formula fed babies who have less than 500ml a day of infant formula, as formula milk has vitamins added to it). Check out the Vitabiotics Wellbaby vitamins range which include vitamin D.
5) For children over the age of five years it is recommended a daily vitamin D supplement is considered. Check out the Vitabiotics Wellkid Multi-vitamin Chewable, Immune Chewable, Multi-Vitamin Liquid, Calcium Liquid and Omega 3 Chewable, as well as the WellKid Peppa Pig multi-vits and Wellkid Peppa Pig vitamin D supplements, all of which include the exact levels of vitamin D as recommended by the UK Department of Health.