Kids are the non-stop, energetic brigade we wish we could keep up with. They question everything, explore every nook, wonder why and climb higher just to see if they can. All of this growing, learning and developing requires a lot of energy, and a lot of nutrients to keep them fuelled for their adventures.
Enter: Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements
Two of the main essential vitamins children require in their daily life are Vitamin D and Calcium. While you can get a dose of these things from the natural world and foods, there will be days where their vitamin levels can dip, and your child can risk developing a deficiency. Any deficiency affects day to day health in a negative way and can stop your child in their tracks. Vitamins for kids are easier than ever to get hold of, are tastier than ever, and support them daily to make sure your child can keep living their life at full-speed!
But what are Vitamin D and calcium? Why are they so important for your child's health?
We are going to break down the facts about vitamins when it comes to your child's health. Vitamin supplements are not medications, they are every day boosts of vitamin goodness that your kids actually need to live healthy lives to the fullest - not bogged down by ills and chills. Our calcium and Vitamin D supplements are a concentrated source of vitamins in deliciously chewable gummies that children love. When your kids don't get enough vitamin goodness in their day, they run the risk of not just ills and chills, but long-term impacts on their health. Let's take a look at the specifics of Vitamin D and Calcium, and why they are important for your kids!
So, what is Calcium?
Calcium is one of the minerals that are most abundant in your body, responsible for supporting strong teeth and bone health - among many other functions it performs. Only about 1% of calcium rotates around the body, the other 99% is stored inside your bones! When your body needs more calcium, your bones release it to circulate around and do its job. Because calcium is so important and doesn't self-reproduce in the human body, it is essential to gain calcium from foods and supplements. Calcium is well known for supporting the growth of strong bones in children, and supporting ongoing strong bones in adults, although is far more essential in a growing child's diet. Calcium also supports healthy cardiovascular health and muscle function.
Peak Bone Mass
Peak Bone Mass is achieved by around age 30 and is basically an accumulation of calcium stored in the bones over time, and that bone mass determines the levels of calcium you will have stored up to support your body as you age. Once you hit your peak bone mass, the bone mass begins to deplete and does not get topped up anymore. If a person has not ingested enough calcium in their diets up until this point, they can risk bone weakness as they age simply because they ingested low levels of Vitamin D and calcium growing up. There is no coming back from this peak bone mass, so it's so important for kids to stock up on calcium and Vitamin D throughout childhood and early adulthood to make sure their 'banked' calcium levels are high for optimal bone density to use for the rest of their lives.
What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is an important vitamin that is produced by the body in response to a few things, but mainly as a response to sun exposure. Vitamin D is responsible for regulating the amount of calcium we have floating about in our bodies and Vitamin D helps absorb calcium to support healthy bones. If you are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, your body can not properly utilise calcium - so the two should be seen as an essential pair. Vitamin D deficiency in children can appear as rickets, which is a softening and weakening of a child’s bones - making them prone to breaks, fractures and overall lack of strength. While you can get a healthy dose of Vitamin D from sensible amounts of sun exposure, it can be harder to come by when the weather closes in or you live an indoor lifestyle. Vitamin D supplements every day make sure that your calcium absorption is properly supported, even when you can't get much sunshine on your skin! The benefits of Vitamin D are huge and to avoid baking outside in the sun and risking a burn, you can easily get your Vitamin D source from supplements instead! Say goodbye to Vitamin D deficiency for good!
So that you know what foods to reach for, this is a list of which foods are high in calcium to support strong bones. Although these foods are great, if you suffer from dairy intolerance, you may struggle to consume some of them and gain important calcium benefits. That's where calcium supplements are enormously useful to keep calcium levels where they should be.
- Dairy products - milk, cheeses
- Green leafy vegetables
- Soya drinks with added calcium
- Anything made from fortified flour
Because the majority of calcium comes from dairy products, if your child is dairy-intolerant, rest easy knowing that our calcium and Vitamin D supplements are completely dairy and allergy-free! No more worry that your dairy intolerant kids are developing calcium deficiency! Easy!
Vitamin-D rich foods
Good sources of Vitamin D include these foods:
- Oily fish (salmon, sardines)
- Egg yolks
- Red Meat
If you want to avoid Vitamin D deficiency which can lead to low calcium levels, then you can't go wrong with our yummy chewy vitamin supplements for kids. Choose a Vitamin D supplement that your kids will actually ask you for (they taste like lollies!) Being allergy-friendly, dairy-free, Halal certified and vegan, no children have to go without easy calcium and Vitamin D supplements for health support. The only downside? Your kids won't want to stop at just one! If you get a bit envious of your kids' vitamins, we have Vitamin D supplements for adults too - so you can get your essential daily vitamins too! Health support for the whole family.
So just remember: Without Vitamin D, calcium can't do its thing! It's best to take the two together in an easy, on-the-go calcium and Vitamin D supplement!