Mrs. Herring Discusses Vitamin D
 
Did you know that Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”? While it is very important to maintain a diet rich in food containing Vitamin D (see listing below), our body also makes it when it is exposed to sunlight!

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Hannah K. Herring, PA-C
Hi! I’m Hannah Herring, a Certified Physician Assistant with ABC Pediatrics. I’m a big believer in making sure my patients have good Vitamin D levels. Here are some thoughts on why I feel this is important. Vitamin D is a key factor in building strong teeth and bones. It is essential in helping our bodies absorb and utilize minerals such as calcium. Vitamin D positively affects other functions in our bodies as well. One of the most significant is how Vitamin D ensures good immune system health. Our immune system is that part of our body that fights off germs and sickness.

In recent years, studies have shown that Vitamin D levels have decreased in children. I believe the decrease is as a result of poor diets and more indoor activities. I recommend my patients get an average of 600 International Units (IUs) of Vitamin D daily. It is ok for children to get more Vitamin D one day and less another day. The goal is to get an average of 600 IU’s daily. And, it is very important for children to get at least 10 minutes of sunlight every day that the weather permits. Our skin simply needs to be exposed to the sun to allow Vitamin D to be made. Please note, that while sunscreen is important, sunscreen inhibits Vitamin D production by blocking some of the sun’s rays that are needed to make Vitamin D. If you use sunscreens regularly, you may be a candidate for Vitamin D supplements to help prevent Vitamin D deficiency and bone weaknesses.
Here are some great foods rich in Vitamin D:
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Orange Juice
  • Fish, like salmon and tuna
  • Cereal and grains
 
If you would like to discuss Vitamin D further, please call ABC Pediatrics at 910.892.1333 and speak to Bridget. She will get an appointment set up for you to see me so that we can talk about it in more detail. See you soon!
 
Hannah K. Herring, PA-C

 

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