The school year begins, and for some it will be their first day of school. This can be a major health impact and a time of high physical and mental demands, as their brains will be exposed to new information and experiences. This is why we must do everything possible to provide for our children adequately and give them the necessary support to encourage their concentration and get the most out of their time at school, their educational activities, their moments of recreation and exercise.
Adequate Food and Nutrition play an important role in all this, therefore, selecting the appropriate food supplements, natural products, and balanced diet play a fundamental role in providing the support that our children require in this new stage.
When children have a balance in their daily energy level, their mood, attention and concentration benefit. They have the right energy to run, play and study without falling into hyperactivity. By providing healthy and nutritious meals, based on vegetables, fresh fruits, good quality carbohydrates such as quinoa, meats, fish, eggs, nuts such as almonds or walnuts and seeds such as chia, flaxseed or pumpkin, we achieve a good combination of nutrients. as a basis for obtaining an energy balance. These foods are not only a natural source of vitamins and minerals, which support energy production, but they also release this energy slowly instead of giving a quick hit (Child with Hyperactivity) and then a crash (Child with a bad mood, tiredness and irritability).
A good additional support for energy production and balance would be a good quality Vitamin and Mineral supplement, providing a valuable recharge of key nutrients such as B Complex Vitamins, Vitamins C, Magnesium, Iron, Iodine and Copper.
Immunity, Flu and Cold
Schools and kindergartens are breeding grounds for germs. Of course exposure to germs is essential for building a child's immune system, but supporting their defenses is essential to fighting these bugs during critical periods like winter.
Balanced meals provide children with many of the nutrients necessary to strengthen their immunity, such as Zinc, Selenium and Iron. However, it is recommended to recharge this contribution with Vitamin C, vegetables such as red peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and fruits such as berries. , pineapple, kiwi and papaya. As the days become shorter and darker, it is a good time to evaluate our children's vitamin D levels. This Vitamin is vital for the functioning of our immune system and the strength of our bones. It is activated in our bodies through the action of sunlight on the skin, so from the month of May onwards, this action is diminished. We should ensure that our children regularly take 400IU of vitamin D in supplement form, whether as part of a multivitamin like our Mindlinx Multivitamin or a stand-alone supplement like our Bio-D.
Finally, in order to correctly absorb all the nutrients, have adequate digestion, intestinal function and immune response, a Probiotic supplement such as our Strawberry or Mindlinx Powder cannot be missing at this stage.
Concentration, attention and memory
Children's brains need a constant supply of glucose to function properly, and this is why giving them foods that provide this energy with a gradual release is so important. But there is also another key nutrient for brain growth and development, the fatty acid omega 3, called DHA. DHA is mainly found in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout, which is why it is recommended to give some of these fish at least twice a week. An excellent option is to also give our children a good quality fish oil supplement, such as our OmegaBerry or Omega Care, and thus ensure the adequate supply of DHA.
Nutritionist Valeria Riquelme V.
Extract translated and adapted from BioCare UK