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    • Vitamin D and KIDS

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    •  9/20/2010 10:09:21 PM
    • While I was posting my blog about NUT MILKS (found here)... I started thinking more about VITAMIN D...and are my kids getting enough?


      I found a recent study that was conducted across the U.S.- it revealed that 7 out of 10 children have dangerously low levels of vitamin D leaving them at risk of heart disease, and weak bones as adults.

      Another study I found showed that vitamin D sufficiency is important for preventing type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. (for info on these studies- check this out)


      A sufficient amount of vitamin D is difficult to obtain from dietary sources. It is possible to obtain vitamin D from direct sun exposure—without sunscreen (sunscreens block UV-B rays they in turn prevent the body from converting vitamin D).


      However, some researchers state that the amount of sunshine necessary to assure sufficient vitamin D exposure is potentially harmful.  ALSO- KIDS often spend too much time indoors watching television, playing video games, or on the computer...


      SO to ensure that my children are getting enough VITAMIN D I have started giving them a supplement.


      I have been taking a VITAMIN D supplement for a years now- and what's awesome is my children can take the same one as me.


      The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their guidelines in 2008 for vitamin D intake in infants, children, and teens. Their latest guidelines increased the recommended minimum daily intake from 200 IUs to 400 IUs per day of vitamin D for all infants, children, and adolescents beginning in the first few days of life.


      The supplement I use is Dr. Fuhrman's Osteo-Sun.  You can find it here.

      This is what Dr. Fuhrman recommends:

      Children 0 to 6 months:

      •Liquid vitamin D supplement for infant, with 4-6 capsules of Osteo-Sun daily for pregnant or breastfeeding mother as well
      Children 6 to 24 months:

      •1 capsule of Osteo-Sun opened and mixed in formula or food
      Children 24 months to 6 years:

      •2 capsules of Osteo-Sun opened and mixed in food or drink
      6 years and up:

      •3 capsules of Osteo-Sun opened and mixed in food or taken by mouth


      Thanks for reading!


      • I don't see the infant liquid vitamin D on his site. Where do you find that?
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