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Hi Wild Ones,

Maybe it’s your little angel. Maybe it’s your niece or nephew. But we all know someone who suffers from asthma.

And unfortunately, this problem just seems to be increasing.

Currently, this chronic inflammatory disorder impacts around 10% of children. 

Half of those cases will be of genetic origin. The other half? More or less preventable if it’s not genetic, right?

Some researchers suspect that rising vitamin D deficiency could be responsible for these soaring rates of asthma in children. Could all that time inside on the computer, watching television, and staring at smartphones—at the expense of time outdoors under the sun—be making our little ones sick? (Well, obviously, but I’m only talking about asthma!)

Thanks to severe drops in time outside, rates of vitamin D deficiency have doubled in recent years. Take, for example, the United States, where only 25% of adolescents are showing adequate levels. Yikes!

Are the researchers linking this deficiency to asthma on to something? It would seem so, gorgeous.

Over ten observational studies have associated vitamin D with protection against asthma. But of course, that’s just correlation. It could be that those children with severe asthma aren’t going to play outside—and so they are deficient in vitamin D…

We need clinical trials. And now we have them.

Children with asthma were divided into two groups, one of which received vitamin D supplements (between 500 and 1,000 units of vitamin D3), while the other took an identical sugar pill.

The results? Those who took the daily supplement experienced a 50% drop in symptoms. This is probably due to the immunity-boosting and inflammation-fighting properties of the incredible sunshine vitamin.

But as you know, nature has everything we need already, in perfect dosage! Instead of supplementing, why not get your family outside for that daily hit of vitamin D?

Want to know about the correlation between vitamin D and weight loss? I wrote about that too! Click HERE.

Want to learn even more about eating for your the body you want? Check out Food Dynamics: The Taste and Flavour Solution for the Whole Family, and let me help you thrive!

I would love to hear from you. Have you or your little one suffered from asthma? Do these findings resonate? Share in the comments below.

xx

Donna

References:
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Pojsupap S, Iliriani K, Sampaio TZ, O’Hearn K, Kovesi T, Menon K, McNally JD. Efficacy of high-dose vitamin D in pediatric asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Asthma. 2015 May;52(4):382-90.
Brehm JM, Celedón JC, Soto-Quiros ME, Avila L, Hunninghake GM, Forno E, Laskey D, Sylvia JS, Hollis BW, Weiss ST, Litonjua AA. Serum vitamin D levels and markers of severity of childhood asthma in Costa Rica. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 May 1;179(9):765-71.
Devereux G, Macdonald H, Hawrylowicz C. Vitamin D and asthma: time for intervention? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 May 1;179(9):739-40.
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