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 brings with it excitement and apprehension as a brand new journey of learning begins. Getting ready for ‘back to school’ usually involves shopping for the latest must haves such as a new pencil case, backpack and shiny new shoes! ‘Back to school’ is also the perfect time to start thinking about your child’s nutrient intake. The new year requires your child to be fully energised, ready to concentrate, able to deal with daily strains and equipped to fight off seasonal bugs too – all of which a good diet can fully support.
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 reported 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. Up to the age of 12, Eskimo-3 Little Cubs provides the perfect balance of omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids together with vitamins D & E; from 12 onwards Eskimo-3 – a simple combination of omega-3 fatty acids with vitamin E is more in line with their needs. For children who struggle to take liquid or capsules, there is Eskimo-3 Bright Kids which provides omega-3 in the form of a great tasting jelly tab or ‘splat’. Eskimo Brainsharp provides omega-3, 6 & 9 fatty acids with added CoQ10 and vitamin D – a useful formula to support teenagers at exam time. You can help your child to be one step ahead at school and beyond with targeted nutrition for optimal brain health.
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. For some, this might mean an unavoidable course of antibiotics. It is therefore vital that their gut is supported whilst they are on the antibiotics. Ultra Probioplex Duo provides a blend of live bacteria, Saccharomyces boulardii, blackberry extract and vitamin D. Taken alongside antibiotics, this blend of live bacteria and Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown to minimise disturbances to the gut microbiota and reduce the occurrence of side effects, such as loose stools. 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