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Does YOUR child have a nutritional deficiency?

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Parents, you want the best for your children--that goes without saying. But despite your best, gold star efforts, your children can still develop nutritional deficiencies. Nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, are essential for good health, especially in children who are still growing and developing. We get most of our nutrients from what we eat, but today’s foods are not as nutrient-rich as your children need them to be. Worried that your children may not be getting the nutrients they need? Here are 4 types of deficiencies, their symptoms, and how to incorporate them into your children’s diet. 1. Iron

This mineral is a main component of red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. 47% of preschool-aged children have an iron deficiency. A lack of iron weakens the immune system, and it can cause fatigue or weakness because the brain isn’t getting as much oxygen. Severe cases of iron deficiency can develop into anemia, with symptoms such as pale, easily bruised skin, poor appetite, and frequent infections.

How do you avoid, or rectify, an iron deficiency? Incorporate red meat, seafood, beans, and dark green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and spinach, into your children’s diet. If you believe your child is experiencing anemia, you can start them on an iron supplement to boost their levels right away.

2. Magnesium

Less than half of the United States population--children and adults alike--consume the amount of magnesium a body needs. The body uses magnesium in 300 different ways, including bone and teeth development, making it one of the most important minerals your growing children can have. A magnesium deficiency can cause growth pains or cramps, restlessness, anxiety, and muscle spasms like eye twitches.

Avoid this deficiency by stocking up on magnesium rich foods, such as oats and other whole grains, nuts, and--as a treat--dark chocolate.

3. Vitamin D

Millions of children have a Vitamin D deficiency, because it is not found in many foods, and symptoms of a deficiency are hard to spot. The benefits of Vitamin D are tenfold:

  • Promotes bone growth
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Regulates cell growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes

The primary source of Vitamin D is sunlight. Children are more prone to deficiencies during the winter months, when it’s cloudy, and too cold to play outside. Though symptoms of a deficiency are not obvious, children who lack Vitamin D are at risk for Rickets, a skeletal disorder that affects bone growth and density.

To keep the Vitamin D coming, even during the winter months, incorporate cod liver oil into your children’s diet, as well as seafood like salmon and trout.

4. Vitamin B12

This vitamin is essential for blood, brain, and nerve formation. Your children cannot develop normally without it. However, the body is unable to produce it naturally, and must get it from outside sources. Symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency are scary: they include developmental delays, seizures, and mental retardation. A lack of Vitamin B12 can be misdiagnosed as autism, or other developmental disorders.

How can you ensure your children aren’t at risk? Feed them plenty of shellfish, red meat, eggs, and milk products.

 

Even if your children are eating healthy, organic foods, they might not be getting the nutrients they need to grow. Stock up on nutrient rich foods as a preventative, and keep an eye out for symptoms of nutrient deficiencies. You want the best for your children--make sure they have the nutrients to grow up strong and healthy.

 

Sources:

www.healthline.com

Cures for Congestion

Congested? Coughing? Trouble breathing? Respiratory issues got you down? Nature's Finest Nutrition has you covered! Taking a combination of NeoLife's Herbal Respiratory Formula and Vitamin A will heal an irritated respiratory system and protect it from future infections.

Herbal Respiratory Formula

One dose of this product contains seven different herbs. Elecampane, thyme, and aniseed promote regular, unrestricted airflow; Elderflower, licorice, and bayberry promote a healthy, clear lining. These herbs are mild or sweet tasting, so if swallowing a pill isn't your cup of tea, they can easily be crushed into a smoothie or a protein shake.

Vitamin A

NeoLife's Vitamin A is derived solely from pollack, which is a species of cod fish that yields high quality, natural vitamin A. No synthetic oils here! The vitamin fortifies the linings of your nose, throat, and respiratory system, protecting them from infection and irritation. Natural emulsifiers help your body absorb the vitamin quicker, and make it water-miscible. You can dissolve the pill in water if you'd rather not swallow it.

Both the Herbal Respiratory Formula and the Vitamin A are safe for children, so feel free to use them next time your child develops a cold or the sniffles. We recommend 5-7 pills of each per day, but feel free to call us if you have questions about how many you should take.

Reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422, or by email at naturesfinestnutrition@gmail.com. Visit us at our website and on Facebook. We're always happy to help!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment.  We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Sources: www.neolife.com

Omega-3 Liquid

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landingpage_lRecent studies on omega-3 fatty acids have shown that not only are there the fatty acids DHA and EPA, but also a whole family of omega-3s, a family of 8. Each fatty acid has a unique biochemistry and role in the body, although the fatty acids work synergistically together.

Why do we need Omega-3s?

  • To support the optimal function of body tissues and organs: notably the heart, blood vessels, brain, nerves, eyes, skin and joints
  • Naturally present in mothers' milk, they are crucial to the development of infant brain and eyes.
  • They may slow aging of the brain. Older adults who supplement their diets with EPA and DHA have demonstrated greater cognitive function when compared to those who don’t
  • Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent asthmatic mothers from passing it on to their offspring

The USDA suggests all adults eat 2-3 servings of fish each week for optimal health. Unfortunately, most adults eat very little fish on a consistent basis and rarely meet this important nutritional need.

In a recent analysis of data from 2,500 children ages 1-5 years in the United States, 46% of children did not eat fish even once in the last 30 days.

People who do not consume enough fish can get the omega-3 fatty acids they need for optimal health from fish oil supplements

Enter NeoLife’s Omega-3 Liquid.

NeoLife's Omega-3 Liquid

For more info or to order, reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email at naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com.

Visit us on our website and Facebook! We’re always happy to help!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment.  We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

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