Nutrition Made Easy For Parents

 

As a parent, I’ve always been concerned about my son’s heath, well-being, and nutritional habits.  Practicing the fundamentals and disciplines of good health can provide a variety of positive outcomes for our children.  Easier said than done, I know, but I’m a big fan of balance.  Keeping as many natural elements as a part of our diets is crucial, so I had a chance to connect with Dr. Joyce Johnson and pass along some valuable information for your convenience.

Boosting The Brain & Building A Health Immune System

By Dr. Joyce Johnson

A healthy immune system and good brain function will ensure success for your child in their schoolwork, translating into a better year for the whole family.  There are many natural products that are safe and effective to help fight brain cell damage, improve cognition, and fight germs and infections.  We cannot put our children in plastic bubbles to keep them ‘safe’, but we can protect them naturally.

The basics of a healthy brain and immune system starts with good nutrition.  Encourage your child to drink orange juice, spring water, tea and eat fish, broccoli, green peas, green beans, apples, whole grain bread products and other healthy foods.  Choose organic as much as possible and explain to them how fast foods, soda and candy can make them ill.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) from flaxseed oil, nuts, and seeds may enhance brain activities in children.  In 2005 study, researchers at Oxford University gave omega-3 fatty acid supplements to British children with behavioral disorders.  Approximately half of the children taking the supplements showed increased attention spans and improved reading skills.

Simple ways to supplement your child’s diet with EFAs include Omega-3 softchews and capsules, flavoured omega-3 oil and flaxseed oil.  Oils can be easily disguised in foods like peanut butter, or you can substitute flaxseed oil in salad dressing or baking recipes.  Chia seeds are another good EFA source and taste great sprinkled on salads, added to baking recipes, or oatmeal.

Supplements can provide your child with vitamins and minerals important for good health.  Choose a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement that is free from sweeteners, fillers, and artificial colours.  A multi-vitamin/mineral ensures a baseline level of nutrition, which is important when you can’t watch what your children are eating during the day.  Additional calcium/magnesium supplements may be needed to build strong bones and teeth.  I would also suggest a probiotic such as yogurt or acidophilus, containing healthy bacteria to aid digestion and boost the immune system.  In addition, Ester C, a non-acidic form of vitamin C that is better absorbed. also benefits the immune system.

I like to start my son off in the morning with a multi-vitamin after breakfast (gummy, without the sugar coating).  Even better, we’ve made it routine which sooned turned to habit.   It’s the right guidance and choices we offer them at any early age that make a difference in the future.  What are some of your tactics and tools to raising healthier children?  Do you notice a difference in behavior or health when your child eats differently?  Leave a comment and we’ll discuss. 

 

 

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