Mums to be and tots need a boost

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Mums and children should be taking vitamin D

The grey months ahead could be affecting more than just our moods – the government has said mums to be and children from the age of one should be taking vitamin D supplements.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has suggested that from the age of one, 10 microgram pills should be taken to ensure we get enough - especially vulnerable individuals like pregnant women and children under five.

The risks of overdosing are extremely low, while it's estimated that one in five adults and one in six children in England aren't getting enough vitamin D. Deficiency can lead to rickets and brittle bones.

We get most of our vitamin D from our skin being exposed to sunlight, rather than food, so naturally in the UK we're missing out and need a little boost!

Expert nutritionist Judy More from Colief gave us her top tips for ensuring your little one gets the vitamin D they need:

Sunscreen is important to prevent sunburn but it also stops the skin making vitamin D. Children should spend some time outside without sunscreen and only use sunscreen to prevent sunburn. The amount of time your child can spend in the sunshine without burning depends on their skin type, the time of day and the intensity of the sunshine.

To ensure you and your baby get the vitamin D you should:

• Spend time outside every day in the summer months and only use sunscreen to prevent burning
• Have one or two portions of oily fish each week
• Eat eggs often - there is no need to limit them
• Take a daily supplement of vitamin D such as Colief Vitamin D3 supplements, which are specially designed to provide the right amount of vitamin D for you or your child

Look out for vitamin D3 over vitamin D2 in supplements. Vitamin D3 is the form that is produced in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight and experts say it is better than Vitamin D2 at maintaining good vitamin levels in the blood to ensure the health benefits. Vitamin D2 is made in very small amounts in a few plants.

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