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Want to give your little one a foundation for good health? We spoke with Shannon Wood, naturopath at our Menlo Park, Calif., store, about her recommendations for what every child under 12 should be taking to help keep them healthy, strong and focused.
"My first recommendation is always fish oil," says Shannon. "We know it's imperative for mental cognition." That's especially important during the learning and developing years, and can help with any issues in the neurological or nervous systems. Shannon loves the Nordic Naturals Children's DHA, which has a great strawberry taste and comes in easy-to-swallow capsules (or try their DHA Junior, in even smaller capsules).
While Shannon always encourages parents to teach good nutrition, most children can still use a multivitamin to make up for deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals. She likes ChildLife's Multi Vitamin and Mineral liquid formula, especially good for kids who are picky eaters or who are at risk for nutrient deficiencies. She also likes that the liquid is more bioavailable than capsules, and comes in a tasty orange-mango flavor.
For older kids, Nordic Naturals' Nordic Berries is another good choice. "It's a pretty complete multi and kids enjoy the taste," says Shannon.
A “maintenance” dose of probiotics can be key for a number of things, including boosting immunity, lessening the effects of allergies and soothing digestive issues. For daily use, Shannon recommends Yum Yum Dophilus by Jarrow Formulas, a chewable, raspberry-flavored probiotic that kids love.
But, she says, “If kids go on a round of antibiotics, make sure they’re on a high-potency probiotic for at least one month afterward.” This will help replenish the good intestinal flora that the antibiotics may have stripped away. Shannon recommends parents look for high-potency probiotics for children from Metagenics.
"I just love vitamin D," says Shannon. "It's essential for almost everybody, since our population is chronically deficient." Vitamin D is essential to bone health, especially in growing children, as well as a variety of other health conditions. She says Rainbow Light's Sunny Gummies are very popular ("We can't keep them on the shelf!" Shannon says), and they come in two different potencies. She recommends the 400 IUs for children under 12, and 1,000 IUs for kids over 12.
If you're looking for a liquid form, Pharmaca's Kids Vitamin D3 is an easy way to administer them, either under the tongue or in juice.
“Vitamin C is good for general immune support,” says Shannon. That immune boost can be especially important as kids get back into the classroom and are exposed to more germs. She recommends Natural Factors Vitamin C Natural Fruit Chews, available in six fun flavors.
Talk to a Pharmaca practitioner about other important supplements to boost your child’s health.
Get your little one prepared to head to school with the right nutrition, brain-boosting supplements and eco-friendly gear.
For complete nutrition, send them off with a spoonful of ChildLife Essentials’ delicious orange/mango-flavored multivitamin. While you’re at it, jump-start their immunity with a dropperful of WishGarden Herbs Kick-It Immune Kids in their morning OJ.
9am: Off to school
Fill their backpacks with eco-friendly notebooks and pencils from a variety of brands, along with CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Wipes (triclosan-free!) to keep germs away.
Make sure they’ve been slathered ahead of time with some all-natural sun protection, like the Environmental Working Group’s top-rated Goddess Garden Kid’s Natural Sunscreen. And rest easy when they hydrate with water from a fun, safe and reusable water bottle from Sigg, Lifefactory or EarthLust.
Fill one of the retro-inspired lunchboxes from So Young Mother with whole foods like apples, carrots and yogurt. “Keep away from processed foods and high-fructose corn syrup,” says Whitney Elkins-Hutten, nutritionist at our North Boulder store. “If you give them healthy options, they’ll take the ones that are most interesting,” she says. She notes that adding stickers to a sandwich bag, or even cutting the sandwich it into fun shapes, can be enough to encourage them to eat well. And in the end, don’t worry if they want to eat the same thing every day. “Kids like routine,” says Whitney. “Just keep trying to introduce new foods slowly.”
When little ones need brainfood, make sure they’ve got a package of Pharmaca’s healthy and delicious snacks. They’ll get a great afternoon pick-me-up with nut and fruit mixes like Organic Protein Power or the Antioxidant-Rich Trail Mix (including cranberries, papaya and raisins).
And don’t forget the omega-3s! Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Gummies are an easy and tasty way to get the DHA and EPA that growing brains need.
Set up your little Picasso with non-toxic art supplies from EcoKids. Colored pencils are made from recycled newspaper, wax and vegetable-derived glue. Or outfit them with recycled crayons from Crazy Crayons.
Lather up with Clean Kids by Gabriel’s Liquid Soap or Foaming Bath to bust germs and gently clean skin. And they’ll enjoy bathtime even more when you turn on Putumayo’s Rock & Roll Playground CD, featuring Dan Zanes and friends doing a kid-friendly version of early rock and roll.
After a full day of activities, they’ll need to get the best sleep possible to prepare for the next school day. If they have trouble falling asleep, turn to Hyland’s Calms Forte 4 Kids, a well-loved sleep remedy that quells restlessness without making them groggy. You can even switch on Cloud B’s Twilight Turtle and they’ll fall asleep to soft light and starry constellations.
To get expert advice about your child’s growing needs—or just to pick up some fun gear for school—stop into a Pharmaca today.
Your kids will love the taste of these nutrient-packed liquid vitamins, and you’ll love the fact that they’ll keep them active, healthy and happy.
ChildLife offers a complete line of nutritional supplements designed specifically for infants and children. Their formulations are based on the clinical expertise of ChildLife’s founder, Dr. Murray Clarke. Dr. Clarke, a naturopathic pediatrician, has been a pioneer in holistic pediatrics, and holds licenses and doctorates in naturopathic and homeopathic medicine as well as Chinese Medicine.
The result of Dr. Clarke’s experience? ChildLife’s delicious liquid formulas, which can be taken directly or easily mixed with a child's favorite juice. Liquids offer greater bioavailability and absorption, and are much easier to take and ingest than tablet form supplements. In fact, vitamin tablets usually contain binders, fillers and preservatives that can also interfere with absorption. ChildLife’s formulas are recommended for children 6 months to 12 years of age (suggested for first use when infants start eating solid food).
Today's children face nutritional challenges for two major reasons. The truth is, no matter how great their diet, the food they (and we) eat is continuing to lose nutritional value as modern farming methods degrade soil health. In addition, the increasing pollution in our environment and the toxic burden that humans carry creates an increased need for good nutrients. Quality vitamins and minerals are necessary to protect, nourish and sustain a child's natural, healthy development.
ChildLife uses only the highest quality ingredients—all products are free of gluten, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings or flavorings. Most products contain no milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, corn or yeast (see individual product labels for details).
Pharmaca offers the following ChildLife products to help your little one grow strong and healthy. Plus, they will all be on sale in September!
- Liquid Multivitamin & Mineral: This comprehensive formula provides all 14 of the essential vitamins and all the primary minerals, a rare combination in liquid multis, to support overall wellness, healthy development, strong immune function, as well as emotional and mental vitality.
- Liquid Calcium & Magnesium: This formula provides these two essential minerals combined with Vitamin D and Zinc, all of the primary nutrients required for supporting a child's healthy bone growth and development. Calcium comes in citrate form for easy absorption.
- Liquid Vitamin C: Vitamin C is crucial for healthy immune function, especially important in children as they grow and develop. ChildLife Liquid Vitamin C an be used daily to help to maintain and improve overall health, provide environmental protection, support natural immune responses and defend the body.
- Liquid First Defense: Formulated with hand-selected herbs and minerals known for their immune-response stimulating properties. Ideal when your child has the first signs of a bug.
Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about ChildLife’s full line of vitamins.