Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Sunshine Vitamin

.Hello ladies.

It's been a busy few weeks with very few posts. I hope to make that up this week by talking about a variety of issues. A number of things that have been on my mind lately are superfoods, fertility boosting supplements, and good 'ol Mr. Sun.

In this age of technology it's easy to get stuck on the computer or glued to the TV. For most, that means countless hours of vegging in dimly lit rooms away from clean air, clear sun, and all good things having to do with nature. It's easy to fall into, I was once a victim myself. These days however, I really stress the importance of unpluging everything in the house, stepping outside and observing the world around me.

It's important, too. Interacting with nature is crucial to proper brain function and the production of Vitamin D, also known as the "sunshine vitamin". As technology becomes more profound so does the rate of Vitamin D defeciency. The link between the Sun and Vitamin D goes back to the 1800's when it was noticed that city children were much more susceptable to rickets (softening of the bones in children caused by a Vitamin D defeciency) than their rural friends. Since this discovery more and more research has been done to determine what vital role Vitamin D plays in the maintanence of a healthy human body. The results of these studies show links to suffecient Vitamin D intake and a reduced risk of osteoporosis, hypertension, cancer, high cholesterol and a number of autoimmune diseases.

For pregnant women, Vitamin D is especially important. Vitamin D helps to maintain levels of Calcium in the body. This is crucial to the development of your new-pride-and-joy's bones and teeth. Maintaining the recommended levels of Vitamin D brings you one step closer to the safe delivery of your new healthy baby. The recommended daily intake for a mother-to-be is 200-400 IU daily. However, you may be interested to know that recent studies have shown that higher doses (about 4,000 IU) may help to prevent preterm birth and other common complications.

So, for most getting out in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day with exposed skin (bare skin, no sunscreen) will suffice our daily Vitamin D needs. Pregnant woman, however, may want to look to supplement their intake. Most pre-natal vitamins contain you daily recommended value, and then some, but never the less Vitamin D is something you will want to look for and consider when making your pre-natal vitamin choices. I would suggest for non-vegeterians getting a DHA supplement fortified with Vitamin D such as Ascenta NutraSea+D™ or New Chapter Wholemega® (available at  Vitacost for 40% off retail). For Vegetarians/Vegans I would definitely recommend a 100% whole food supplement such as MegaFood Vitamin D-3.

Also ladies, just because you are taking a Vitamin D supplement doesn't exclude you from the need to get outside. Exercise and fresh air are important for you and your developing baby and both have the potential to help cut-back on morning sickness. Also, if your feeling a little melancholy try getting some sunshine, it helps to lift the spirit and combat depression.

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1 comment:

  1. My mom and I were recently talking about Vitamin D. I am a sunscreen user and I know I should get out there with "naked" skin...this is a great post and lots of information!