Kudos if you are on your way to transforming your family to healthier whole foods lifestyle. Did you know that even if we are choosing a healthier lifestyle we are still missing some vital nutrients we need? It is not just people with poor eating habits that would benefit from taking natural supplements. Unfortunately, in today’s world, even if you are eating a diet rich in whole natural foods, we still fall short in ensuring our bodies get all the nutrients it needs due to the following: Agricultural trends (lack of nutrients in the soil), farming practices (fertilizers, growth hormones, pesticides) and Toxins (chemicals, added colors, preservatives, favors, hydrogenated oils etc…)
So what does our body need?
Our bodies needs more than just vitamins. There are a variety of key nutrients our bodies need to function and create true health. Many of us take for granted just how our systems all work together in the body. We might have had a science class or two back in the day, but there are probably only a few basic things we remember. The average pesron doesn’t really understand WHY our bodies need certain nutrients and what happens if we don’t get them. Each organ has a specific function and there are certain nutrients each part of the body needs to perform at its optimal levels. If the body does not receive the nutrients it needs, it has to compensate in some other way. This is when health issues or disease starts to occur. If the body is not receiving what it needs, then those nutrients can’t go to the places they need to go. Our body needs more than just vitamins. We also need minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats (Omega 3’s), antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids and enzymes and others to function properly. There are 4 key suplements that have been known to create a vast difference in an individual’s health.
- Multi-Vitamin – Various Vitamins and Minerals
- Omega 3 Fatty Acid – Brain Development
- Vitamin D – Impacts every system in the body
- Probiotics – Healthy Immune System
Vitamins: Many people are familiar with vitamins and that we need these for our body to function optimally. Some examples are A, B, C, D, E and K. These vitamins support some key functions in the body.
It may surprise you, but Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin, it is a hormone. Recent research has shown that a deficiency of Vitamin D has a direct link to many of the health issues we have today. Vitamin D has been found to impact every organ and system in the body which makes it a vital nutrient to ensure is functioning optimally. New evidence is showing that kids may need 10X more the amounts of Vitamin D. (meaning 2000 IU of vitamin D, not the now 200 IU recommended.) by Daniel J. DeNoon (WebMD Health News)
So why are Essential Fatty Acids so Important?
Essential Fatty Acids are a hot topic in today’s world. Research has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids are an important part of brain development. Majority of people are not getting the right amount of fatty acids in their diets. There are two major sources for Omega 3’s
Marine Life – Salmon, Sardine, tuna, cod liver oils
Plants Derived – Flaxseeds, Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds
The plant derived version of omega 3’s actually has to connect with other vitamins in your body to create a chemical reaction which converts them into the source your body needs.
So why do I need Healthy Bugs?
Probiotics are healthy bugs that help your body’s immune system. There are actually millions of bacteria that live in your body on a regular basis which keep you alive. The optimal way to increase the amount of these good bacteria in your body is by consuming foods like fermented dairy (buttermilk, keifer, yogurt) and fermented veggies (sauerkraut, pickles) in your kids daily diet.
How do I know if my child is getting the right amount of nutrients?
There is no exact science to identify if your body has the exact amount of nutrients. There are some facilties that offer blood testing to identify the specific deficiencies on the day the blood test was taken. Our bodies nutrient absorption changes daily based on the foods that we eat. Some vitamins are soluable and create stores in our body. Soluable vitamins are ones that when we take them, our body only takes what it needs to store. Other vitamins and minerals are insoluable, meaning that they must be consumed on a daily basis. They are not stored for future use in the body and must be consumed daily. If you are interested in understanding where your child may be deficient, take a look at some of the programs I offer and I can work with you to create a guideline to understanding your childs nutritional intake.