Eat your vegetables!
How many times have you had to tell your child that? Fact is, children only eat what they like and only like what they know. If you put a strange-looking vegetable on their plate – don’t expect them to eat it.
You may worry about what your child eats and won’t and that it will negatively impact their growth, but an average child will over the course of a week get the necessary nutrients to grow and be healthy. If you have a picky eater on your hands, or your child suffers from an intolerance or allergy that limits their food options, they may benefit from a supplement to help them.(1)
FoodState®’s Multivitamin + Mineral for Children is ideally suited to children to give them all the vitamins and minerals they need to prosper.
To make sure that your child gets all the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development, include portions of protein, fruit and vegetables, starches and dairy into their daily meals.
|How big is a portion?A portion will fit into the palm of your child’s hand – the size of their portions will grow as they grow! (2)|
Children don’t need different nutrients to grow, but they do need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. It is important to include in their daily diet the following:(3,4)
Try to avoid processedfoods like canned soup, cookies, biscuits, ready-made meals, chips, salted nuts, processed meats and sweetened soft drinks – they contain much less nutrients but the same amount of kilojoules as unrefined and fresh foods.(5)
Proper nutrition is key
Sometimes, no matter how well you plan your child’s menu they might still develop deficiencies. These days there is a lack of nutrients in food making it hard to include enough vitamins through diet alone. (7,8)Not getting proper nutrition can lead to problems with a child’s intellectual development, they may feel tired, unable to learn at school and more likely to get sick and miss school.(9)
To make sure your children get the necessary nutrients to supplement their growth and development, give them FoodState®’s Vitamin C Complex, Vitamin B Complex and the Multivitamin + Mineral for Children.
Encourage healthy eating habits(2, 9, 10,11)
Here are some tips on how to encourage healthy eating habits:
Active children are healthy children (4,10,11)
Children, who have a healthy weight, are fitter, healthier and better able to learn. They are also more self-confident and have less health problems later on in their lives. There is much you can do to help them achieve their healthy weight for age.
Adapt your behaviour – Your childrenlearn their behaviour and eating habits from you. They copy you, so, in order to encourage your child to have healthy eating habits, you must set a good example. If you don’t eat spinach, they won’t eat it either. If you eat in front of the television, they would want to do so as well. To change their behaviour, you must first change your own.
Get active with them – Instead of vegetating on the couch every night, go for a walk around the block. Over weekends, encourage them to be more active – make the rule that they can only surf the web if they have been playing outside for an hour or so. Being active together is a great way to build your relationships and to encourage a healthy active lifestyle in your children. Children need about an hour of physical activity a day to be in good health, which you can break up into 5-10 minute sessions over the course of a day.
Limit their television viewing – Watching television encourages them to be more inactive, making them more prone to picking up weight. Limit screen time (including PC games and time spent on electronic devices) to 2 hours a day.
Let them sleep more – children who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight. Being tired also influences their moods and behaviour.
Here are some supplements to take that could help your family get through the winter months ahead.
Antioxidant Immunity Formula
Our bodies need oxygen. It is an essential element for life. When the cells in our bodies use oxygen to generate energy free radicals are created, which could be either good or bad for your body – too many of them being bad. This leads to what is called oxidative stress – which leads to ageing, arthritis and a break down in your immune system. (12) FoodState® has created an Antioxidant Immunity Formula, packed with antioxidants like Vitamins C and E. (12) Two lesser known, but equally important boosters to your immune system is also included – beta-sitosterol (a plant extract) and selenium.(13, 14) Both of which in the right quantities hold benefits to keeping the flu bugs at bay.
Multivitamin + Mineral for Children
A child goes through several growth spurts – infancy, preschool, middle childhood and adolescence. Nutritional needs change for each stage of a child’s development – and it differs from child to child. (9) Even if you provide your family with a healthy diet they may still develop a deficiency due to the nutritional content of foods or because their active bodies are burning through their stores of nutrients faster. (15-18) To prevent nutritional deficiencies from lowering your immune system we recommend FoodState®’s Multivitamin + Mineral for Children.It contains many vitamins and minerals to boost growth and development in your children and it is also available in a chewable format. Adults and older children could take the Multivitamin + Mineral Formula.
Vitamin C Complex(19, 20, 21)
Vitamin C is important for the growth and repair of all cells in the body, e.g. skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It helps with the healing of wounds and to maintain and repair bones and teeth. It is also an antioxidant, which means it can reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body. Taking FoodState®’s Vitamin C Complex could help reduce the duration of a cold.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B is needed to maintain a healthy nervous system and to produce red blood cells that are so important in carrying oxygen through the whole body. (22, 23)Vitamin B cannot be made by the body, therefore you need to provide it as part of your child’s diet or give it to them as a supplement. (15) Give your child FoodState®’s Vitamin B Complex to help their bodies convert food into energy and to maintain healthy brain function. (1)
Omega 3 Formula
This formula is also beneficial for your cardiovascular system health, nervous system development and to fight inflammation. (24)FoodState®’s Omega 3 Formula is a high potency fish oil supplement containing DHA and EPA*, and is free from mercury, dioxins and PCBs**.
*DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) andEPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)are polyunsaturated fats,which play a very important role in the functioning of our bodies.
**PCB: Polychlorinated biphenyl is a synthetic organic chemical compound of chlorine
Zinc Complex with Copper
Zinc is one of the main immune protectors and could help treat the symptoms of a common cold, and reduce its duration by nearly half. (19, 20, 25)Zinc is needed for normal growth, development and sexual maturation. It is also helpful in regulating the appetite as well as the sense of smell and taste. Zinc has antioxidant properties and plays an essential role in the immune system. We recommend FoodState®’s Zinc Complex with Copper to help protect your immune system this winter.
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This month it is all about the ladies
Women go through many stages and changes throughout their lives. First there is childhood full of wonderment and a lot of firsts – first tooth, first day at school, first time you come home with a scraped knee. Then you turn into an awkward teenager as you battle your way through hormonal and bodily changes and experience the beginning of having periods every month.