Preventing Allergies With Something Besides Breastmilk

While breastfeeding is still the number one way to curb allergies in babies and children, new information is emerging about other factors that can contribute to a healthy, balanced system.

…children and adolescents with low levels of vitamin D were found to be sensitive to an average of 11 of the 17 allergens, which included environmental allergens like ragweed and oak, and food allergens like eggs and peanuts. Children with less than 15 nanograms per milliliter (Ng/mL) of vitamin D in their blood, which was the threshold of deficiency used in the study, were 240 percent more likely to have a peanut allergy than children with 30 Ng/mL of vitamin D or higher, for instance.

The findings confirm those of a 2007 Harvard University study that claimed increased sunlight exposure could reduce the onset of both allergies and asthma in children.

Apparently your liver plays a huge role in the onset and severity of allergies.  Having adequate levels of vitamin D makes a huge difference!

So, how do you get adequate levels of this essential hormone?  From

Pregnant women should definitely be getting at least 4000 IU’s of Vitamin D, although most experts agree that 10,000 IU per day is what we should be shooting for.

What’s the best way to get this amount?  Ideally you should be getting 15-40 minutes of sun per day to get enough vitamin D.

Recommended time in the sun to produce about 10, 000 IU of vitamin D:

Light skin = 15-20 minutes daily
Medium Skin = 25-30 minutes daily
Dark Skin = 40-45 minutes daily

Additional Vitamin D Sources

But what if it’s winter, or you live where the sun is not out that often?  Then, you need to make sure your diet is high in vitamin D and even consider taking cod liver oil supplements, preferably a fermented cod liver oil free of PBC’s and mercury, or organic.

Other naturally occurring sources of Vitamin D are brewer’s yeast, mushrooms, wheat bran, eggs, fish, and raw milk.  Pasteurized milk alters the levels of vitamin D, which is why they have to add synthetic vitamin D in the processed milk.  While these foods are great, it is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from supplementation or your diet alone – the sun is essential to build adequate vitamin D levels.

Most people think that Vitamin D3 is a great source of Vitamin D, but in fact, it is derived from sheep’s wool and isn’t all that assimilated once you take it.

Getting the Most out of Your Sun Exposure

  • Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body’s ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease — by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.
  • Ideally exposure should be to prime midday sun (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM) when the UVB rays are strongest; UVB are the kind of sun rays that produce vitamin D on the skin.
  • Don’t shower after sun exposure. Natural skin oil is critical to the absorption process since vitamin D is only formed on skin that has enough natural oil formed on its surface and if it stays on the skin long enough after exposure to the sun.

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