For years I've been a big fan of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin. And I've tried to tell you to get out in the sun to soak in the many benefits of this wonderful supplement. The alternative, after all, is not good. In fact, there's a new report that's added severe allergies and asthma to the list of maladies that can result from a vitamin D deficiency.
A study conducted by Dr. Juan C. Celedon of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston studied the link between a lack of D vitamins the incidence of allergies and asthma in over 600 Costa Rican kids.
Yes, that's right: sunny Costa Rica. Apparently, it's possible to come up short of vitamin D even in the tropics!
The researchers found that about one in four of the kids with respiratory issues like asthma and allergies had "insufficient" vitamin D levels. Some doctors speculate that the paradox of low levels of D vitamins in sunny regions could stem from the fact that people actually avoid the sun in these areas more because of its intensity.
It's something to think about: if kids near the equator are harming their health by dodging the sun with too much indoor activity and overuse of sun screen, think of how much worse it would be for those of us further from the equator. All the more reason to make a point to get some sun every time you can.