Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Does Your Child Have Asthma?

Over the last two decades, asthma cases have increased by more than 300%. So chances are, you know someone with asthma, perhaps even in your immediate family. If you thought there is no 'natural' asthma relief out there to help, you'll love the news! Did you know that vitamin D insufficiency has recently been linked to higher chances of hospitalization for children with asthma? Consider this, only about 5 to 37 percent of American infants meet the standard for vitamin D set by the American Academy of Pediatrics - which in turn sets them up for various health problems in the future, including asthma.

It is also interesting to note that in a 2007 study, sun exposure during pregnancy showed to reduced asthma cases in kids. Based on the latest research, the current recommendations for vitamin D levels are well below what our bodies actually need. The best (and cheapest!) way to get more vitamin D is sun exposure. Just keep in mind that you only need a few minutes in the sun and you should still exercise common sense by using non-toxic sunscreens, staying in the shade, and/or wearing protective clothing to avoid sunburn.

Consider other ways to treat asthma safely such as purifying your indoor air, eating foods rich in vitamin E, avoiding all commercial milk products, and getting regular exercise. Also keep in mind that in our modern culture obsessed with cleanliness, children may not be getting the essential exposure to common bacterial and viral infections that provide the stimulus for the immune system to naturally prevent asthma. So it's OK, don't worry about washing the floors every day and get outside as much as possible!


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