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Get your sun and improve your asthma and food allergies

Vitamin D from the sun is another benefit of summer vacation!
Vitamin D from the sun is another benefit of summer vacation!
Grand Rapids Allergy Examiner

You may have heard the benefits of vitamin D for warding off the common cold. However, did you know that Vitamin D is also being attributed to reducing asthma and food allergies?

According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, having sufficient vitamin D has an effect on how severe asthma flare ups can become.

The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that children with asthma and a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to have an asthma attack that required a hospital stay. (GRAE)

Additionally, vitamin D deficiency has recently been linked to food allergies. An Australian study of school aged children concluded that vitamin D from the sun had an impact on the development of food allergies.

Kids aged 10 or 11 who are shielded from the sun are twice as likely to develop allergies as children without sun protection. And children living in the tropics of Queensland and the Northern Territory are half as likely as those in the southern states to suffer food allergies. (Herald Sun)

These studies suggest that the sun’s rays are important to our overall health when it comes to allergies and asthma. Precautions still need to be taken in regards to skin care and avoiding overexposure. However, with the link to improved asthma and food allergies, there is more reason to get the kids outside on a sunny day.

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