What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is surprisingly not a vitamin - it's a hormone. It plays a key role in bone strength, can reduce your risk for certain cancers, improves your mood and boosts immunity.
Vitamin D and allergies
The anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D are thought to help with asthma and seasonal allergies, like hay fever. In fact, studies have associated low vitamin D levels with a 50 per cent increase in severe asthma attacks in children (3). Taking vitamin D during pregnancy has also been associated with a lower prevalence of wheezing in offspring around the age of three (4).
Vitamin D can reduce the symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions, like eczema and dermatitis, because of its ability to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce inflammation. In fact, a common treatment for these disorders is the controlled use of ultraviolet (UV) light, which encourages the production of vitamin D in the skin.
Who is at risk of vitamin D deficiency?
Humans receive at least 80 per cent of their vitamin D from sunlight exposure (1). The rest comes from foods that are naturally high in vitamin D. However, even in sunny Australia, low vitamin D levels (associated with bone conditions, bowel cancer, heart disease and auto-immune diseases) are still a concern.
You’re most at risk if:
Increasing your vitamin D levels
You can increase your vitamin D levels in a number of ways:
Do you suffer from allergies?
At HWA, we perform a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT), which may help reduce your reactions and help manage the symptoms of allergy-related conditions like asthma and eczema.
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.