One question I get asked often is, “Do I give my kids supplements and if so, which ones?” The short answer is yes, but it is more complicated than that. I do think most children could benefit from supplements, especially if their diet consists of processed foods or if they are very picky eaters. But what are the most important supplements for your kids? Which ones should they take?
Although I try to arm my kids with the best nutrition possible, sometimes they just won’t eat what I hope they do, 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, Continue reading “Back to School Series: Supplements for Your Kids”
This week, 100 health organizations and experts joined together to share an important message with lawmakers: Investing in plant-based school lunches will save lives and billions of dollars in health care costs.
The group wrote a letter in support of AB 479, a California bill introduced by Assembly member Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), which would incentivize schools that add plant-based entreés and plant milks to their menus. The bill recently passed through the California Assembly Education Committee with a 5-0 vote, Continue reading “Invest in Kids’ Health with Plant-Based School Lunches”
My kids can’t sit still for a minute. And although it’s exhausting just watching them, I am also envious at their seemingly endless amount of energy. Whether it’s playing hockey or running and jumping through leaves, exercise is important for kids to have strong bones, a healthy heart, and a lower risk of the many diseases associated with excess weight.
However, exercise can benefit more than just their growing bodies. Kids who get the recommended one hour of physical activity each day reap a list of benefits that can help them both inside and outside of the classroom. Parents of active kids may even be more likely to find that their kids:
• Earn higher grades in the classroom
• Are better at concentrating
• Have stronger conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
• Are more confident
• Exhibit more creativity
• Sleep better
While there’s something to be said for a little downtime, many American kids just don’t get enough exercise. Research done by the YMCA, which surveyed more than 1,600 American parents with children between the ages of 5 and 10, showed that 58% of children spend less than 4 days a week playing outside because parents find it more convenient for them to spend time in front of a television or computer. And for teenagers the percent was even less.
So as parents, it is our job to help. Organized sports are fantastic, but there are plenty of other activities that can get the heart pumping. Continue reading “Why Exercise is Important for Kids”
Both my kids have started the winter season with a hacking cough that keeps them (and me) awake at night. Traditional cough medications for children under 6 have been shown to be ineffective and sometimes harmful. So after two sleepless nights, I started giving them Pathway Kids’ Cough.
Pathway Kids’ Cough soothes the throat and helps to support the respiratory system. It is a great alternative to over-the-counter cough syrups that contain dyes, sugars and alcohol. This great-tasting formula acts as an expectorant as well as having antibacterial and antiviral properties. It contains wild cherry bark, osha root, and yerba santa, which encourage the loosening of phlegm from the respiratory tract. There is also an easy-to-dose guide based on weight.
Both children are now cough-free and sleeping better at night. I also used tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil in their baths , 1000IU of Vitamin D3, and lots of fluids in combination with Pathway Kid’s Cough.
Host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Keri Marshall, MS, ND will be discussing children’s health.
Dr. Keri Marshall is a licensed naturopathic doctor specializing in pediatrics, women’s medicine and chronic disease management. Dr. Marshall is the Medical Director for Gaia Herbs, a leader in organic herbal products. She sees patients at Village Green on Tuesdays.
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