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Optimal Nutrition for Back to School

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 is very different though. 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. This year, 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.

More than anything the 2020 new school year requires 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) Keep Vitamin D Levels Topped Up for Immune Support

Much has been written recently about vitamin D; an essential nutrient that 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, it is in fact, sunshine. Your skin makes vitamin D on contact with sunshine so if you’ve managed to get some sun over the last few weeks you’ll have helped to give levels a bit of a boost. Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system so it’s important, especially in the back to school season and looking ahead to the approaching winter months, to ensure that your children maintain healthy levels. Use Vitamin D3 Drops if you suspect low levels or Multigenics Chewable as ongoing baseline support of this essential nutrient.

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 – Vitamin D – Vitamin D3 Drops / Multigenics Chewable

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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