Today I was out walking with my dog in the lovely sunshine, thinking about the recent comments concerning Rickets on the increase in children in the UK. It struck me how incredible vitamins and minerals are. I find them most fascinating and I guess that’s why I have done so much studying on the little darlings. We need these babies for our bodies to function well and to prevent illness. For instance without Vitamin A our children could develop night blindness; in fact in developing countries there are more than 250,000 malnourished children who go blind every year and half of them die within a year of going blind. To me it all rings enormous alarm bells to ensure that my children are getting plenty of variety in their diet such as eating lots of carrots, mango, cantaloupe melon and more green leafy yummy stuff for Vitamin A.
Rickets is caused by lack of Vitamin D which is provided by sunshine and substances like milk (being one of the best providers), oily fish and eggs. There are, however, some people that for genetic reasons find it difficult to absorb these necessary vitamins and for them there is medical help available. For the rest of us it is about ensuring our children have a marvellous, colourful display of healthy foods.