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Back to School Kids Health

August 2016 - Family Wellness

Healthier, happier, and ready to go back to school!

 

It’s that time again! The days are getting a little shorter and temperatures a little cooler, and we are again on the verge of another school year. As they head back, you want your children to be the healthiest and happiest they can be, and you want them to get the most out of their school experience. This means both bodies and minds must be properly nourished!

Supplements specially designed for children are valuable additions to a healthy diet as they help bridge nutritional gaps and provide extra nutrients to help keep up with the increased demands of growing bodies and minds. They also come in great-tasting, naturally-flavoured chewables that make taking supplements fun.

Multivitamins: Try as they might, sometimes parents just cannot get their children to eat a well-balanced diet. A high-quality multivitamin can help ensure kids are meeting the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals, even on the really busy days! How to make it easy and fun? Kids will love to take it in a great-tasting gummy and it will be mom’s favourite if it non-GMO, pectin-based, with no animal gelatin, artificial flavours, sweeteners, or colours added.

Calcium: Everyone needs calcium to help build healthy bones and teeth, but children have unique nutritional needs due to their rapidly-growing bodies, and peak bone mass is achieved during childhood. Research shows that people who achieve and maintain healthy peak bone mass are at lesser risk of bone loss and osteoporosis later in life.

Vitamin D: Best known for its crucial role in supporting bone and muscle health, vitamin D may provide additional benefits to children. Recent research has found that food allergy risk increases as vitamin D levels decline, and that asthmatics are also more likely to have lower vitamin D levels. Therefore it is wise to consider vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and in the early stages of childhood, especially in cases of family history of asthma, allergies, or eczema. On top of that, inadequate vitamin D levels can also make the gut more prone to colonization of pathogenic bacteria.

Vitamin C: The classroom is a great learning environment, but it is also a meeting place for germs, bacteria, and viruses. Kids will often pass on infections or pick up viruses from other children and bring them home. A robust immune system will help protect kids and decrease the intensity of colds and flus. Adding vitamin C is an easy way to strengthen the immune system, and Ester-C® is a unique, less acidic form of vitamin C that is easier on sensitive tummies and shown to last longer in key immune cells.

Ensure your child’s nutritional needs are met with a well-balanced diet of fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and protein sources. To meet additional demands, consider supplementing their diet with the right supplements to help children reach their full potential and perform at their peak.

Check out the kid friendly vitamins from SISU.

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