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What are the top ingredients for healthy childhood development?

Chances are good that nutrition came to mind for you. What your children eat and drink on a daily basis helps to build every cell, fuel every thought and develop a strong foundation for life. But how can you ensure they get the right nutrients on a daily basis?

You can put good food on their plates, but you can’t make them eat it. And let’s face it; we can’t always tell exactly what our kids are eating anyways. Even the most diligent parents have trouble deciphering the Picasso-like plate of a child’s finished meal. Everything is mixed together, with a bite out of this and that. Plus there’s the added risk of your dog getting the odd Brussels sprout or piece of broccoli when you’re not looking.

The reality is, what your children eat is hugely important to their health and development. And unless your little ones are the world’s most perfect eaters of the world’s most nutritious foods, you may need a little help.

The Importance of Supplementing for Children
Children, just like the rest of us, are at risk when their diets are low in key ingredients. However, when the right nutrients are present in sufficient quantities, their little bodies can grow and develop, supporting healthy brains, motor skills and mood.

So where does a busy parent begin? With the basics! Start with two of the most fundamental: multivitamins and probiotics.

The Role of Multivitamins
Research shows the important role of a multivitamin, including one study out of the United Kingdom. They studied 81 children (ages 8-14) for three months. Those who took the multivitamin supplement preformed better on a number of cognitive tasks, compared to those who did not.

This begs the question – are kids really getting everything they need from diet alone?

What about Vitamin D?
The sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, is another popular topic these days, too. It’s a critical nutrient for immune function and bone development, among many other things. Our bodies do make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but most of us in Canada just don’t see enough sun year-round to get sufficient amounts.

If your child doesn’t get much sun, wears a lot of sunscreen or has a dark complexion, then consider adding additional Vitamin D to their daily multivitamin regime. They may not be getting enough.

The Role of Probiotics
Probiotics aren’t a nutrient per se. Rather, they are the countless microscopic bacteria that line your intestinal tract, supporting healthy digestion and strong immunity.

Unfortunately, the use of antibiotics disrupts your child’s intestinal tract by killing off the good bacteria. Plus, junk food combined with a limited consumption of gut-healthy vegetables and fermented foods make the problem even worse.

Progressive® for Kids!
If you want to give supplements a try with your kids, then consider Progressive® MultiVitamins, Vitamin D and Perfect Probiotics. They’re a Canadian brand, designed by a Naturopathic doctor. Every ingredient is 100% all natural and has been hand-selected to ensure your child’s needs are met. 

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REFERENCES:
1. Haskell C, et al. Cognitive and mood effects in healthy children during 12 weeks’ supplementation with multi-vitamin/minerals. British Journal of Nutrition (2008), 100 : pp 1086-1096.

2. Benton D. The influence of dietary status on the cognitive performance of children. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2010 Apr;54(4):457-70.
3. Moreno LA, et al. Health effects related to low vitamin D concentrations: beyond bone metabolism. Ann Nutr Metab. 2011;59(1):22-7. doi: 10.1159/000332070. Epub 2011 Nov 25.
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