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    Blog — allergies

    The Sunshine Vitamin: Everything you need to know about Vitamin D

    The Sunshine Vitamin: Everything you need to know about Vitamin D

    A few months ago, we chatted about Vitamin C and all the great benefits of adding it to your daily regimen. Another Vitamin that shows up in our gummies is Vitamin D so we wanted to take some time to give you a snapshot of this powerful and beneficial vitamin!

    Fun Fact- Vitamin D is the only vitamin your body makes itself (and it’s actually a hormone). Although there are many forms of vitamin D, the two most common types are vitamin D3 and vitamin D2.

    When your body lacks Vitamin D, these are some of the things you might experience: 

    • Fatigue
    • Bone pain
    • Muscle weakness, muscle aches, or muscle cramps
    • Mood changes, like depression

    One of the biggest indicators that you may be at risk for a lack of Vitamin D may be related to where you live. It is said that the further away from the equator you live, the less Vitamin D you’re receiving. Other reasons that you could be experiencing a lack in this Vitamin is the air quality, use of sunscreen, your weight or even your age.

    The sun's rays are most powerful between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Being in the sun for 15-20 minutes a day can help your body get the Vitamin D it needs to function properly. 

    Eating nutritious foods can also help get your body get the Vitamin D it needs. Wondering how to incorporate more foods rich in Vitamin D? Try these:

    • Fatty fish- salmon, mackerel, and tuna. 
    • Egg yolks
    • Cheese 
    • beef liver 
    • Mushrooms 
    • fortified milk 
    • fortified cereals and juices. 

    Sometimes doctors recommend taking a Vitamin D supplement to increase your levels. Here is the recommended dosage to help you better understand how much you should aim for:

    Age

    Dosage

    0-12mo

    400 IU (10 mcg)

    1-17

    600 IU (15 mcg)

    18-70

    600 IU (15 mcg)

    70+

    800 IU (15 mcg)


    Our Elderberry Gummies are a great source of Vitamin D as well as Zinc and Vitamins C and E... and they are a fun treat for your kid! They’re the perfect choice to help keep your family healthy on the go this summer while you’re out soaking up all the wonderful Vitamin D! 

    Links-

    https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/15050-vitamin-d--vitamin-d-deficiency

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/best-vitamin-d-supplement#daily-requirements

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/6-things-you-should-know-about-vitamin-d

    https://healthinspireddentistry.com/blogs/interesting-facts-about-vitamin-d/#:~:text=It%20is%20the%20only%20vitamin,getting%20enough%20from%20the%20sun

    5 Ways to Naturally Relieve Allergies

    5 Ways to Naturally Relieve Allergies

    Ugh, allergies…specifically outdoor seasonal allergies can be so irritating and inconvenient. We live in the Ohio River Valley which often causes tons of allergy issues, especially in spring and fall. The snotty noses, constant sneezing, itchy eyes. It can be miserable! As moms, we dread those symptoms in our kiddos cause it often means sleepless nights and fussy attitudes. Finding natural and inexpensive ways to alleviate allergies can be a daunting task. We hear from SO MANY customers about our syrup and honey keeping our customers healthy during high pollen seasons.  Below are some more natural remedies I have come across that can help your family fight off seasonal allergies. As always, I’m not a doctor and encourage you to ask your doctor before starting any regimen. My hope is that these ideas can keep you and your family active and healthy all year long!

    1. Raw Honey- The bees in your backyard are pollinating the plants that could be causing your allergies. By eating the honey of bees local to your area, your body can begin to build up immunities to your local allergens. In addition, raw honey (as opposed to processed honey) contains natural enzymes that can promote your health and wellness. We have an amazing and delicious product line of raw honeys, check them out here. We offer many infused flavors of raw honey, like vanilla, as well as, regular raw honey.
    2. Humidifier- I don’t know any parent who hasn’t used a humidifier in their kid’s rooms to help with either a cold or allergies. They increase the humidity and purify the air. Rotating filter discs submerged in water remove larger pathogens (bacteria and viruses) and irritants from the air. These humidifiers need more regular cleaning and maintenance, but they can offer more allergy relief by filtering out pollen and dust.
    3. Lowering sugar intake- Even in small amounts sugar suppresses immunity and worsens viral infections 
    4. Vitamin C- Vitamin C is an immune booster to help your body fight against viruses and bacteria, It also aids in the support of a healthy immune system when it comes to allergies. Our Elderberry Gummies are a great source of Vitamin C, check them out here.
    5. Essential oils- peppermint, eucalyptus, frankincense OR Lavender, lemon, and Peppermint are commonly used blend for allergies and healthy breathing. Many people will diffuse these in their homes to purify the air around them and safely experience the benefits of essential oils. Looking for a trustworthy company to get essential oils? Jubilee of Wellness is a dear friend of mine and the quality of her oils is AMAZING! You can order from her website or if you are local, we sell her oils at our shop in New Albany, IN.

    If you’re reading this with a houseful of kids plagued with allergies (or maybe you’re the one suffering), know that you are NOT alone! As frustrating as the symptoms can be, we hear all the time about these natural ways providing relief for our customers. Interested in trying our Elderberry Syrup or Gummies? Use code BREATHEEASY10 to get 10% off your order! Happy Spring!

    Referenced articles:

    https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/honey-remedy#purpose

    https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/humidity-humidifiers#:~:text=They%20increase%20the%20humidity%20and,filtering%20out%20pollen%20and%20dust.

    https://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies

    https://www.isabellemckenzie.com/blog/how-sugar-fuels-your-seasonal-allergies-how-to-fix-it