Treat Rickets Naturally

Vitamin D is important in protecting against rickets, a disease that predominantly strikes infants and young, still developing children. It causes weak bones, soft spots, fractures, pain and deformities. Vitamin D deficiency is the primary culprit in these symptoms. Naturally dark individuals and those who live in places with less sunlight are more prone to rickets than others. Those with other nutritional deficiency and problems with their liver, kidney or small intestine are also at increased risk.

Treating rickets and preventing rickets is a careful balance between allowing yourself and your children unprotected access to sunlight in order to build your vitamin D reserves, but also making sure to avoid sunburn and wearing sun protection when enough sunlight has been absorbed. A general rule of thumb is to get 15-20 minutes of early morning or late afternoon sunlight and no more than three hours of unprotected sunlight a week.

Vitamin D is critical to helping our bodies develop as it aids in the absorption of calcium, crucial for bone grown, and phosphorus. 80% of our vitamin D comes from the sun and we supplement the other twenty percent through food and vitamins. 

How can I prevent Rickets?

  • Get plenty of sunlight. 15-20 minutes during the early morning or late afternoon is best. Try for two to three hours a week.
  • Try vitamin D lamps if you can’t get a lot of sun during the winter time. They’ll still help to fight off diseases like rickets.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin D.
  • Take vitamin D supplements, especially if you have darker skin or live in regions where the sun tends to shine less.

What are the symptoms of Rickets?

  • Painful bones
  • Muscles weakness
  • Cramps
  • Spasms
  • Slowed growth and bone development
  • Increased risk of broken bones
  • Dental problems
  • Prominent forehead
  • Soft spots in infants
  • Bowed legs
  • Hunch-back
  • Scoliosis
  • Jutting breastbone
  • Abnormal skull shape

How do I cure Rickets?

  • Get fifteen to twenty minutes of sunlight in the morning or afternoon to help boost your vitamin D.
  • Wear loose clothes during the day so the sunlight you get naturally is better absorbed.
  • Take cod liver oil. It’s full of vitamin A, vitamin D, and omega 3 fatty acids. Take a teaspoon everyday.
  • Eat deep sea fish high in vitamin D and omega-3’s such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
  • Vitamin D with calcium is also important. Boost your calcium levels by eating foods like milk, tofu, broccoli, and nuts. These foods have both high amounts of calcium and vitamin D.
  • Moti Bhasma is a great source of calcium, magnesium, zing, strontium, selenium and many other amino acids. Taken with some honey it will help to boost your immunities and your bone strength.
  • Dandelion tea is high in vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex as well as iron, magnesium, potassium and a number of other important minerals. Steep a teaspoon of leaves in a cup of boiling water and enjoy.
  • Make an oatstraw infusion. It’s high in calcium, vitmain A, magnesium and vitamin B3. Enjoy as a smoothie or in a bath.
  • Stinging nettle is full of minerals and vitamins. Make a tea with the nettle and enjoy.
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