THERE’S so much to remember as a new-ish mum, and the things that I need huge reminder signs for all around the house are to brush Rafael’s little teeth morning and night (just at the times when I’m sleep-deprived myself) and to give him his Vitamin D drops each day.
To fuel my guilt-fairy even more, a new Government report has confirmed that Vitamin D is vital to our good health, and that adults as well as children should consider taking a supplement.
You are provided Vitamin D supplements for babies for free from the docs, so no worries on that front. But what about mum and dad? Well, the report that recommends that adults have at least 10 micrograms of Vitamin D a day, especially in autumn and winter, when sunlight is at a minimum. Although in this kind of rain-prone weather, maybe we should all be chowing them down in summer too.
Vitamin D Supplements are easy to pick up from a website such as Multivit and they are reasonably priced at under a tenner. Vitamin D contributes to normal functioning of the immune system, contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth and bones, supports normal muscle functioning, and plays a role in the body’s cell division and specialisation. Wow!
To get some further advice, Pillow Mag asked Dr David Mantle FRSC FRCPath, Medical Adviser at Pharma Nord for his advice.
He said: “UK health authorities have recently acknowledged what Pharma Nord has been advising for years – that people in the UK should consider taking a vitamin D3 supplement, particularly during the winter months. This is because vitamin D3 is mainly produced in the skin during exposure to strong sunlight, and sunlight levels in the UK are generally insufficient during the Winter for the body to manufacture sufficient vitamin D3.
Most people are aware of the importance of vitamin D3 for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, but vitamin D3 has many other functions within the body, including normal immune function. Public health England have recommended a daily dose of vitamin D3 of 400IU, although this may be insufficient for some individuals. Certain categories of the population, for example dark skinned ethnic minorities, are at particular risk of vitamin D3 deficiency, which can be confirmed via a blood test.”