I am not sure if it’s because I have a 4-year-old that just started school or a-2 year-old who is in daycare, but I am doing my best to keep my kids as healthy as possible. What this means to me is arming them with the best nutrition possible and practicing good hygiene.
Today I sent my son to school with strawberries, carrots, blueberries, cukes and carrots… and they all came back home with him. Even trying my best, my kids won’t always eat what I wish they would, so this is when I turn to supplements. I realize that nothing can replace the quality, variety and even the availability of nutrients found in food, and in no way are supplements a replacement for a proper meal. But I also don’t want to my children to be deficient in important nutrients.
Here are five supplements I give my children to stay healthy.
1. Multi-vitamin: Provides essential nutrients and boosts immunity. I give them Nature’s Plus Animal Parade chewable. They love the animal shapes and I feel good giving them a vitamin that does not contain anything artificial.
2. Acidophilus: Contains probiotics for digestive health and boosts immunity. Pathway Children’s Acidophilus is grape-flavored and provides healthy digestive support for those 5 years and older. For the younger ones, I like Udo’s Choice Infants’ Probiotic Blend, a powder than can easily be mixed in juice, yogurt or apple sauce.
3. Omega-3’s: Contain fatty acids for brain, eye and muscle development. Nordic Naturals ProDHA softgels are strawberry flavored and can be chewed.
4. Vitamin C: Boosts immunity. Nature’s Plus Orange Juice Vitamin C chewable tablets are all natural and taste really good. Each tablet provides 100 mg of vitamin C.
5. Vitamin D: Promotes healthy bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Carlson Vitamin D3 drops are easily administered; one drop in water can provide 1000IU of the sunshine vitamin.
Remember to always read product labels carefully and if you have questions about dose, please contact one of our nutritional advisors at Village Green Apothecary