Optimal Nutrition for Back to School
The new school year is always a busy time. Whether it’s starting school for the first time, moving up to a new class, on to high school or even away to university; the new term usually brings with it excitement and apprehension as a brand new journey of learning begins. This year, much like last year, getting ready for “back to school” doesn’t just involve the usual to do list of ironing and labelling the school uniform, shopping for a new backpack and negotiating a pair of acceptable new shoes. It means getting your child mentally and physically prepared for the demands of returning to school during a pandemic, with all of the unknown variables that go with that.
When our kids returned to school last September, I don’t think we could have imagined we would still be facing these same challenges a year on, but here we are, embarking on a new academic year which will require your child to be resilient both physically and mentally, able to keep calm and focused with a strong and balanced immune system, capable of fighting off all of the usual seasonal bugs, as well as Covid-19. A healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the most important things to encourage at this stressful time, and ensuring optimal levels of all nutrients has never been more important.
Key Nutrients for Back to School:
1) Reinforce Immune Health with Vitamins D and C, Zinc, Selenium and Quercetin
Much has been written recently about vitamin D. It is one of the most important nutrients needed to support optimal immune function and maintaining healthy levels is vital for supporting the body’s ability to fight infection. In fact, it has recently been studied for its ability to reduce the risk of respiratory infections, and is now known to be at worryingly low levels in the general population of adults and children alike. Unlike most nutrients, the major source of vitamin D isn’t food, but sunshine, and as we head towards the winter months, levels in the body start to drop dramatically, increasing the risk of deficiency.
Vitamin C, zinc and selenium are all needed for normal function of the immune system too, and without enough of these essential vitamins and minerals, our immune system may not function properly. Quercetin is a naturally-occurring flavonoid found in plant foods and has been shown to have numerous protective effects on the immune system, including antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-allergic effects. Use Immune Protect, which combines all of these powerful nutrients to help protect your child during this back to school season. At the very least, use Vitamin D3 Drops if you suspect low levels of vitamin D.
2) Boost Brain Power with Omega-3s
Just like any other part of the body, the brain needs the right fuel to thrive. Not only does the brain need plenty of energy, best supplied regularly in the form of slow-release carbohydrates such as oats and other wholegrains, it also needs essential fats for memory, concentration and focus with omega-3 fatty acid DHA particularly important for brain health. Children’s needs for essential fats change as they grow so make sure to choose a formula to support their growing needs.
3) Optimise nutrient intake with a Multivitamin
Moving on to a new era of education can be a strain at any age. The body needs higher amounts of magnesium, vitamin C and B vitamins in particular to deliver a balanced response without impacting on other areas of health. Without adequate nutrition, the telltale signs can soon begin to show. Low energy, picking up seasonal bugs and struggling to get rid of them can all occur when the body doesn’t have adequate nutrition to cope with these increased demands. The easiest way to tackle this is with a daily multivitamin. Multigenics Chewable provides a great baseline to support your child’s nutrient needs, featuring nutrients such as vitamin B2 for energy and vitamin D for immune support, and is the perfect accompaniment to a healthy diet.
4) Get Peace of Mind Delivered in a Tub
Sometimes children’s eating habits or nutrition needs change; they may be going through a particularly ‘fussy’ phase, or be at risk of ‘over doing’ it with a busy few weeks of after-school activities or perhaps, in the case of new starters at University, be surviving on a limited diet of fast food. Whilst supplements can never replace a well-balanced diet, the ‘Ultra’ range of products are a useful back up to give you peace of mind that your child is at least getting some ‘goodness’ into their system. UltraCare for Kids is a balanced powder formula that mixes into a drink and provides a baseline of essential nutrients specially designed for younger children. UltraMeal is a similar product aimed at older children and adults. Perfect for a University lifestyle, why not pack a tub into their suitcase to give you peace of mind that they’ll at least have something nutritious to fall back on when the cupboards are bare!
5) Support Gut Health with a Probiotic
Unfortunately, even with all the above, children usually succumb to some sort of bug or infection during the school year and especially at the beginning of the new term. It is therefore vital that their gut health is supported as it is one of the first lines of defence against infection. Ultra Probioplex Duo provides a blend of four strains of live bacteria, plus Saccharomyces boulardii, blackberry extract and vitamin D. This blend has been shown to support a healthy gut microbiome and protect against harmful pathogens. Ultra Probioplex Duo can safely be taken from 3 years and just 1 capsule is needed daily.
Back to School Supplement Checklist
• Immune Support – Immune Protect / Vitamin D3 Drops
• Brain Power – Omega-3s – Eskimo Little Cubs / Eskimo-3 / Eskimo Bright Kids / Eskimo Brainsharp
• Optimise Nutrient Intake – Multigenics Chewable
• Peace of Mind in a Tub – UltraCare for Kids / UltraMeal
• Gut Support - Probiotics - Ultra Probioplex Duo
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