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Upping Calcium and Vitamin D

Upping Calcium and Vitamin D

In November of 2010 the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences issued a new report on daily vitamin D and calcium intake. You may have read or heard information on the importance of calcium in one's diet and new reports on the value of increasing your vitamin D intake.

You may not know of the issues that low levels of vitamin D and calcium can cause. Calcium supplementation certainly helps decrease the effects of osteoporosis after menopause but did you know that increasing your vitamin D and calcium intake now can help reduce your chances of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and assist in reducing obesity.

A report reviewed by Dr. Brunilda Nazario, MD showed that increased levels of vitamin D and calcium in your diet can help reduce the risks of type I diabetes and severe asthma for children. The Institute of Medicine report also showed that autism, depression and disorders associated with pregnancy can be reduced.

As always, eating the right foods always out-weigh supplementation. When you are pregnant, or anytime in your life, it is always important to eat a healthy diet. Simple guidelines to increase vitamin D and calcium in your diet mirror other guidelines for eating while pregnant.

Always start your day with a healthy breakfast. Fortified orange juice, milk and cereal are all great sources of vitamin D and calcium. Another great source for vitamin D and calcium are fish- especially salmon and sardines. A report on Medscape.com state that eating just 3 grams of canned sardines delivers more calcium than a cup of milk. Nuts, seeds and plenty of greens also carry good levels of necessary vitamins and calcium. Remember in all cases to check your ingredients and vitamin and minerals listed on packaged products you choose to consume.

While you are pregnant you want to remember to protect you and your baby from too much sun light but daily doses of sunlight are a good source of vitamin D production. When we get adequate amounts of sunlight our bodies actually produce healthy levels of vitamin D without the need of supplementation but it is still important to eat a good diet.

Keep in mind that all of these tips are important but always check with your personal care provider and prenatal physician before starting any new diet or dietary supplementation. Your doctors know your body and dietary needs so keep on top of what you think you need and what your doctors tell you that you need.

~ Erik Elkins

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Jul 1, 2013 :: Topher
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