You know what’s really frustrating? When you have all the motivation in the world to get out and RUN, but there are big, fat snowflakes falling everywhere.
I’m just so ready for spring. Playing outside with the kids, planting the garden, running my butt off…all of it. A little simple sunshine would make me so happy! All winter I craved the sun, and since you can’t just take care of that craving at the drive-thru, I was pretty much out of luck. But, in the meantime, I did start taking vitamin D supplements while waiting for the sun to return. I have a friend who strongly believes in the benefits of D for immunity, and since I was so afraid of getting sick during the final months of my flu-season pregnancy, I upped my intake in an effort to stay healthy for baby and keep those winter bugs away.
As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of supplements at all. I’d rather get my nutrients from food, but that’s harder to do with vitamin D since it primarily comes from the sun. (Sure, it’s present in a few foods, but with my schedule being so out-of-control lately, I’m just not succeeding at eating the “perfect” diet.)
But why is it so important? Since vitamin D is needed for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, adequate levels are needed for the normal development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, as well as muscle function. This is true not only for moms and moms to be, but children and babies, too (and they all just happen to be the people we shield from the sun the most, right?) Since mothers with low vitamin D levels tend to produce breastmilk with low vitamin D levels (on average, about 10% of the recommended daily intake), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a vitamin D supplement from birth onwards. That’s why both of my kids are now taking Ddrops!
I’m choosing to use Ddrops because they are the most natural vitamin D supplements I’ve found. They’re pure, simple drops with no taste, no odor, and no guesswork due to the easy Eurodropper that provides exactly 400 IU of vitamin D per daily drop. Older kids can take it orally by the drop. For breastfed babies, you can just put a drop on your finger or on your nipple before nursing. It’s totally easy, and both my 3-year-old and newborn take them without a second thought since they don’t smell or taste funny.
More about Ddrops:
- They are wheat-free, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free.
- They contain only vitamin D in a type of coconut fat that is naturally present in breast milk, with no artificial flavors or preservatives.
- They are stable with a long shelf-life and require no refrigeration.
- Available in a 90-dose or 60-dose format.
- The family of Ddrops products includes Baby, Kids, a 600 IU Booster (my 3yo son takes this one), a 1000 IU for adults, and a vegan version. Something pure and natural for everyone!
Interested in trying Ddrops for your new baby? They are now available direct from the manufacturer on Amazon.com.
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