Children’s Health

Today’s children lead very busy lives and while parents may know the basics of keeping their kids healthy, there are many who need direction should certain health issues arise. Keeping your child healthy means considering their physical, social and mental wellbeing. Parents should look at the food their children eat, the amount of physical activity they get, along with their sleep habits. Sometimes busy schedules and food tastes limit the good foods our children are exposed to. Fortunately, today, there are many nutritional supports available for everyday health and for specific instances.

DHA Enhance (lemon flavored) Children’s brains are on the ready – ready to learn new things, grow those neural connections.  Did you know that the brain is mostly oil?  That’s why oils are so important for us – and our children.  Use good oils in your diet, and if possible give your children some fish oil supports – especially those with DHA.   As it turns out there are two main omega 3 oils (the valuable component of fish oil).  The EPA portion is particularly good for inflammation control and the DHA portion is especially valuable for brain health.  Studies have shown the DHA levels in the brain will influence intelligence, ability for children to maintain a healthy emotional state (not become overly anxious, stressed or distracted).  Great gains in our educational system could probably be made if there was a concerted effort to improve the oils that children in schools had in their lunches.  In the meantime, it is worthwhile to use our DHA Enhance product.

 EPA/DHA essentials 90s Though DHA is the omega 3 oil best for the brain, the high amount of it in one capsule makes this a great support for not only brain, but for the whole body – and at a good price. It’s a high quality, eco-friendly version of omega 3 fish oils – and is tested for mercury, lead, PCBs and just about everything else that can be to ensure its safety. Inexpensive fish oils you can buy elsewhere are generally not as well tested as Pure Encapsulations’. Take 1 or 2 each day; give one to your child each day. Again, their brains depend upon this kind of oil to help increase function and resilience.

Junior Nutrients This is a great product for your children (or grandchildren) age 4 and up.  I generally recommend this for children up to age twelve or so – and to take 2 capsules a day at breakfast time.  At about age 12, I suggest moving your child to Nutrient 950.  Both supplements provide vitamins and minerals in forms that their body can best absorb and use.  Again, it is so much better than most any store-bought vitamin, and reasonably priced.

Nutrient 950 This is superb for teenagers of all ages, for women while they are menstruating, and for men up until their 40s – after which they might want to shift to Men’s or Women’s Nutrients, Polyphenol Nutrients, or Longevity Nutrients.  If you are a non-menstruating female athlete, or a male athlete of any age, you might want to use Athletic Nutrients.  As you will read in my dosage recommendations for this great line of supplements, you should take between 4 and 6 of them a day, best with meals.  The reason is simple: they are all filled with a lot of great things.  Your mass market supplements contain cheap, inexpensive forms of minerals that are simple salts of the included minerals.  Whether calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc or the like – there are terrible (truly health-destroying) ways to formulate these minerals and ways that are safe and effective for helping the body absorb and use them.  As I tell my patients, “A little knowledge can sometimes be dangerous”.  Thinking you are helping yourself by taking the national brands constantly advertised, is indeed dangerous.

O.N.E. Multivatimin When I first discovered this “one a day” product, I was surprised when I went through its ingredient listing. No other one-a-day that I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot) is as good as this one! The amounts of most vitamin and minerals are ample. However, you may notice that it lacks calcium and magnesium – which are in the “Nutrient Line”. The screed I made about how your typical store-bought one-a-days are formulated in health-ruinous ways is especially directed to what they do to their calcium and magnesium. They use calcium carbonate and magnesium oxide (and a variety of other oxides in their mineral formulas), which are very hard on the body, especially the stomach. It takes a lot of body resources to make them bio-available to the body. In order to make this current product a great “One a day”, they took these two minerals out. Though both are important minerals, you are definitely better off taking this One-a Day than taking the One a Days of those well marketing national brands, which have their minerals in those terrible forms. If you want to have calcium and magnesium, consider taking our Cal-Mag a few times a week. Just for the record, this even has reasonably high amounts of Coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid – both great ingredients to have in a supplement. Very reasonably priced, and so easy to take – if you don’t want to splurge for the other more premium supports, buy this one

 Pure Pals This is a great chewable tablet for children ages 2 to 4.  Unlike so many other chewables, there are no added sugars; its natural cherry flavor will be enjoyed (and appreciated) by your child. They come in both non-iron and with iron.  Again, you don’t want to give your child too much iron.  And though I do recommend the one that includes the iron – you want to insure that your child is not going to take more than 1 a day if they are age 2 or 3; 2 a day is appropriate if they are age 4 or over.

Pure Pals with Iron This Pure Pals contains iron – that is the only difference.  Unless you sense that your child is going to chew more than 2 a day, this is probably the way to go.  More significant in past iron overdose to toddlers and young children is going into mommy’s prenatal vitamins, which generally have more iron than most vitamins to prevent anemia.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD is a complex, controversial neuro-behavioral problem that shows up as distractibility, impulsiveness, and often hyperactivity.  It affects almost 5% of children, mostly boys, and usually begins by the age of 7.  There is a genetic predisposition that may be present, as well as exposure to toxins like lead and mercury and various drugs, and poor prenatal nutrition…[read more]

Children’s Health

Today’s children lead very busy lives and while parents may know the basics of keeping their kids healthy, there are many who need direction should certain health issues arise. Keeping your child healthy means considering their physical, social and mental wellbeing. Parents should look at the food their children eat, the amount of physical activity they get, along with their sleep habits. Sometimes busy schedules and food tastes limit the good foods our children are exposed to. Fortunately, today, there are many nutritional supports available for everyday health and for specific instances.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD is a complex, controversial neuro-behavioral problem that shows up as distractibility, impulsiveness, and often hyperactivity.  It affects almost 5% of children, mostly boys, and usually begins by the age of 7.  There is a genetic predisposition that may be present, as well as exposure to toxins like lead and mercury and various drugs, and poor prenatal nutrition…[read more]

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