Parents want the best for their children, and their health is no exception. Supporting a child’s well-being requires a number of important factors such as balanced nutrition, adequate sleep and being active. Meeting the daily needs of key nutrients such as vitamins and minerals is also an important piece to helping to maintain healthy immune system health. Here’s a few ways that you can support the overall health of children.
Support overall growth & development
A young, growing body requires a complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals. Although getting all of our nutrients from food sources would be ideal, this does not always happen. Circumstances where this might occur include children who are irregular eaters due to having poor appetites or being very picky when it comes to food choices. Eating a lot of processed and fast foods, playing physically demanding sports, and following restricted diets, such as vegetarian or vegan eating plans, may lead to specific nutrient deficiencies.
Picky eating is common among some children and can lead to family stress and parental frustration. There are many reasons why a child may be a fussy eater, such as age, personality, or media and peer influence. As a parent, it’s important to stay calm and not give up. Continue to introduce new foods and give children the opportunity to try them. If they are not ready don’t force them, but also don’t give up – find another time to try again.
It’s important to be aware that fussy eaters have lower intakes of important nutrients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, folate, and fibre. In such cases, it may be warranted to include a high-quality children’s multivitamin supplement to help support nutritional gaps. These supplements provide a broad spectrum of nutrients needed for healthy growth, development and immune support.
If you do choose to supplement with a multivitamin, don’t settle for multivitamins that might look fun but are devoid of key nutrients and full of artificial additives and sweeteners. When we provide high quality supplements to our children, we are one step closer to raising healthy kids and creating a foundation for a future generation of healthy children and adults
Support the Immune System
On average, kids can get sick 7-12 times per year! One of the best ways to prevent children from catching colds is to teach them proper hand washing, and don’t forget to have them sing those ABCs while they wash! In addition, consuming high amounts of sugar and processed foods can weaken immune function. Nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc have been shown to support immune function. Since 70% of the immune system is found in the gut, you can also support this system by including probiotic-rich foods to maintain a healthy intestinal flora.