TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - It's September, and that means new
clothes, backpacks, school supplies, and agendas — all tools required
to keep your children, whether in elementary, high school or
post-secondary levels, on a well-stocked, educational journey to
success. But beyond equipping your children with the external
fundamentals to good grades, are you also providing them with the best
nutrients necessary for optimal learning, focus, concentration, energy
and overall well-being? And as parents juggling hectic schedules, do
you also pass the grade?
Good nutrition fuels children for school and play. Simple, healthy
solutions can remove the stress and pressures of hectic schedules,
ensuring each member of the family can keep the pace. Remember that it
is important to lead by example, so make sure that you also follow your
own advice. Here is a simple checklist to help the whole family excel
in nutritional basics:
1) Breakfast — it's the most important meal of the day. But who has
time or the inclination with everything that needs to get done to stay
Simple Solution: A whey protein smoothie for breakfast. It's great for
the whole family, extremely quick to prepare, and tastes good. Even
picky, breakfast-haters will enjoy a delicious, tasty beverage,
especially when they see their parents opt for one too. Whey protein is
an exceptional, dietary protein rich in calcium that contains
immune-enhancing constituents and can improve healthy body composition.
Combine a scoop of whey protein with the milk of your choice (dairy,
soy, almond or rice), add some fresh or frozen fruit then blend
together for a nutritious breakfast smoothie for the whole family. A
protein smoothie also makes a great after-school or
2) Fuel the brain with omega-3 fish oils.
Increasing research highlights the need for fish and fish oils rich in
omega-3 EPA and DHA, physiologically essential nutrients required by
the body for all life stages, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy,
childhood, adulthood, and aging. DHA helps support the development of
the brain, eyes and nerves. It is required in high concentration for
optimal mental performance. Omega -3 fish oil can help support
cardiovascular health and promote healthy mood balance. Available in
flavoured liquids and chewable forms, as well as high-potency capsules.
3) Fill the nutritional gap.
Eating well daily is difficult at the best of times. And consuming
enough fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean protein
regularly is a downright challenge. The easiest way to ensure the
optimal intake of vitamins and minerals every day is with a daily
multivitamin supplement. A multivitamin helps you fill the nutritional
gaps often found in the majority of diets, regardless of one's age.
Like fish oils, multivitamin formulations come in a variety of forms
including chewable, gummy, capsule, tablets and liquids.
A nutritionally sound diet is the foundation for healthy development,
learning and functioning, but with the hustle and bustle of busy
lifestyles, it's sometimes difficult to find simple, choice solutions.
Regardless of life stage, investing in your family's well-being with
these three easy steps will support optimal health. Now that's more
than a passing grade.
Michele Sevier Biography
Michele Sevier, DNM, DAc, is an educator and advocate of natural health
and healing. As an independent advisor to Nutrition House, she is
actively involved in many facets of integrative medicine including
research, the formulation of specialized supplements, and providing
natural health solutions to the general public through Nutrition
House's 'Ask Our Expert' service at www.nutritionhouse.com.
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