TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Getting ready for the start of a new school year
traditionally means shopping trips for crisp, new clothes and backpacks
bursting with fresh school supplies. But how do you prepare your child
mentally and physically for the demands of hectic schedules and endless
homework? It's easy for children, be it primary graders or teenagers, to
anticipate the beginning of class with both excitement and some anxiety. These
stress factors can quickly turn to feelings of being overwhelmed and
frustrated as schoolwork and activities intensify. It's a cycle that can start
in kindergarten and continue straight through to high school and beyond.
Creating an ongoing wellness game plan to support your child's optimal mental
and physical health can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
"Growing bodies and brains require specific nutrients to support their
top performance. To give your kids a head start, you can easily incorporate
some important health-building factors into your regular dietary routine,"
explains Michele Sevier, Doctor of Natural Medicine and independent advisor to
nutrition house Canada. "We all know that reducing sugar and pop; getting rid
of refined products and 'whites', such as flour, rice, pasta; and increasing
the intake of fresh fruit and vegetable, whole grains and lean, quality
proteins have sound nutritional benefits, but also key is making sure that
your child's diet is rich in necessary healthy fats.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) from omega-3 fish oil, and specifically
their EPA and DHA content, have been the focus of intense scientific study in
the last number of years due to their vast extent of health benefits. These
healthy fats profoundly influence the overall development and health of the
human body. EFAs are vital for the proper structuring and functioning of every
single cell in the body.
In particular, DHA from omega-3 is a key building block for a healthy
brain. This major structural fat supports brain and nervous system health,
vision acuity, mood and the cardiovascular system. DHA is required in high
levels to provide the necessary nutrients for optimal brain functioning,
including learning ability and mental development.
Unfortunately, the modern creation and use of modified natural fats, such
as trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils, in packaged and prepared foods
displaces the natural DHA in the brain, thereby weakening the brain's
architecture and affecting its electrical communication and activity.
Furthermore, high consumption of these unhealthy fats and dietary lack of
fatty fish rich in EPA and DHA leads to a negative imbalance of fatty acids
and may be directly linked to hyperactivity, depression, and other mood
These brain-building fats are intrinsically beneficial for every phase of
life - from infancy, toddlers, children, teens and adults. With regular, added
consumption of fish and/or fish oil supplements, now available in a variety of
pleasant-tasting formats, your family can increase its vitality and edge - and
that's a no-brainer.
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
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For further information: For Media Inquiries and Interviews with Michele
Sevier: Telephone/Fax: (905) 662-1932, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org