Families that play together, stay together! Even though our schedules seem to be getting busier it’s important to fit in quality family time to bond, reduce stress, increase health and happiness. There’s no excuse when there are so many great, and often free activities, to get the family active in the great outdoors. From charity fun runs to hiking expeditions, it becoming easier than ever to get everybody’s heart racing, whatever their age. Here are 10 of our favourite family friendly activities:
How can I boost my immune system?
We often hear about the importance of boosting the immune system. The reason for this is because the immune system, which is made up of a number of cells (specific to immune function), helps the body fight nasty bugs.1 The good thing is that nature has given us some fantastic ingredients to help give our bodies a boost. These key nutrients and herbs, listed below, not only maintain and support the immune system but they are also antioxidants which help reduce free radical damage in the body.
Iron is an important mineral that is found in every single cell in our bodies. Although we store some iron to replace any that is lost, low iron levels over time can lead to poor health.1 Babies, toddlers, pre‐schoolers and teenagers are at higher risk of a deficiency because their diets might not contain high enough quantities of iron to support the rapid growth spurts they undergo during this life stage.2 That’s why it’s so important to ensure your little ones eat a variety of iron containing foods every day.3
The importance of calcium for growing bodies
Calcium is essential for the growth of strong, healthy bones and teeth. Throughout our lives, our calcium needs change, depending on what stage of life we are in. Young children and pre‐teens have special calcium requirements, as their bones are still constantly growing. Preteens and adolescents also experience a large growth spurt, which increases the amount of calcium they need every day.1
What is the difference between a Cold and the Flu?
Sore throat? Runny nose? Cold on its way? or is it the flu? Both are respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms, but we’re often too busy multitasking family, work and who knows what else to figure out which virus1 has attacked us first. So here’s how you can spot the differences between cold and flu and feel better sooner!
Why do children need a balanced diet from an early age?
A healthy, balanced diet for children provides essential vitamins, minerals and other nutritional goodies that kids need for healthy growth and development. Vitamins and minerals are vital for our bodies to function properly and each one plays a specific role in the body.
Young children go through rapid periods of growth and development which increases their need for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Ideally, kids would get these from a healthy, balanced diet with a wide variety of nutritious food. But as parents, we know it can often be quite a challenge to achieve this every day! Kids are notoriously fussy eaters and sometimes it is just not possible to get all the good stuff they need to help their bodies grow big and strong. A multivitamin might be a good addition to top up your child’s diet, especially the little fussy eaters.
How does calcium help growing children?
During childhood and into their teenage years, kids need enough calcium to support their growing bones and teeth. Calcium is one of the body’s most important minerals and also has other essential roles to play, including supporting a healthy nervous system and muscle function. Most of the calcium in the body is found in our bones (around 99%) and this needs to be ‘topped up’ daily from our diet. When kids do not take in enough calcium, they are more susceptible to developing weak bones later on in life. Fortunately, calcium supplements for children are readily available and may help to minimise this risk, in addition to a calcium enriched diet.
Why should I give my child a Cenovis Kids Vitamin C supplement?
1. Cenovis Kids Vitamin C helps to support little immune systems
A child’s immune system is less experienced than an adult’s, therefore kids are more likely to attract any germ or bug going around. In fact, they may suffer from as many as six to eight colds every year,1 and unfortunately these infections usually pass from one family member to the next! Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to provide relief from the symptoms of upper respiratory tract illnesses such as colds or flus. It supports little immune systems and may help to reduce the severity and duration of colds when taken on a regular basis.
Why should I choose Cenovis Kids Multivitamins?
As children grow, they may go through periods of fussy eating that can make it quite a challenge to ensure they are getting all the nutritional goodies they need. Cenovis Kids Vita Fizzies and Vita Tingles with no artificial colours or flavours may help to solve this problem, by providing special formulations of vitamins and minerals created just for little bodies. With B vitamins for energy production Cenovis Kids Multivitamins are great for busy, growing and active kids. Available in either chewable or effervescent tablets, in delicious fruit flavours, you are sure to find one that meets your little one’s needs. For kids who prefer chewable tablets, Cenovis Kids Vita Tingles tingle on their tongue as they chew, making vitamin time fun. Or give them Cenovis Kids Vita Fizzies, which dissolve into a bubbly, yummy strawberry flavoured drink that is more readily absorbed by the body.
How much calcium do my children need?
Kids need lots of calcium every day because of the rapid growth and development that occurs during childhood. As your child grows, their calcium needs increase steadily until they reach puberty, continuing at a higher level until early adulthood. The recommended dietary intake (RDI) of calcium for children therefore differs according to age:1
Increasing your child’s daily calcium intake is easier than you may think and takes very little effort. You can increase your child’s calcium intake at breakfast by topping up their cereal and milk with their favourite fruit flavoured yoghurt. Add cheese to sandwiches or top pasta meals with ricotta, grated parmesan or tasty cheese. You can also offer kids a warm glass of milk before bed, or make a refreshing summer smoothie by combining fruit, yoghurt and milk.1 Non-dairy sources of calcium could also be included, such as dried figs, which make a great morning or afternoon snack, or make a delicious bean dip to serve with crackers or carrot sticks. For the fussy eaters, a kid’s multivitamin and/or calcium supplement may provide valuable nutritional support.
Kids love having new and exciting things on their plate (sometimes!) so why not try Orange spaghetti? You can even use the hidden vegetable pasta sauce [LINK PASTA SAUCE TO: Hidden vegetable pasta sauce – vegetarian and meat options] recipe we suggest and make this a veggie packed dinner.
During childhood our bodies and minds are growing and developing at a rapid pace. Making sure our kids are getting enough of key nutrients, such as Omega‐3, calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin C and iodine, will help to support their growth and development during this important stage of life as well as maintain their general health and wellbeing. We know as adults it can sometimes be difficult to get all the nutrition we need from food alone, it can be even more of a challenge with children who are can often be picky eaters! Children’s health supplements can be beneficial during this time to help deliver those important key nutrients that may be missing from their diet.
Winter is knocking on the door so we thought we’d share some tips on how you and your family can stay healthy and carry on enjoying the good stuff.
For your best shot at staying healthy this winter, make sure you get at least three servings of vegetables each day, and two servings of fresh fruit. In addition, opt for whole grains when you can, and make sure you’re taking in at least two servings of milk or yogurt each day.
It’s good to get your kids into healthy habits from an early age. One of the most important is to teach them how to wash their hands thoroughly, as this helps prevent the spread of germs, bacteria and diseases, and helps your whole family stay healthy! Here are some easy steps: