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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

Magnesium Complex: what it can do for you!

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An estimated 80% of adults today are magnesium deficient. This is a condition referred to as hypomagnesemia, and it often causes symptoms such as muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. More serious symptoms include:

  • hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • kidney and liver damage
  • migraine headaches
  • restless leg syndrome
  • worsened PMS symptoms
  • behavioral disorders and mood swings
  • osteoporosis
  • recurrent bacterial or fungal infections
  • tooth cavities
  • eclampsia
  • muscle weakness

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body--making it one of the most important minerals our bodies need. Unfortunately, few people are tested for hypomagnesemia, and many people don't realize they are deficient.

What makes magnesium deficiency so common? There are a few factors at play. Soil depletion lowers the amount of magnesium in the crops we eat. Digestive disorders, high rates of prescription medication, and antibiotic use damage the body's ability to absorb magnesium. We naturally lose magnesium every day from normal activities, but if those stores are not replenished, then our bodies can become deficient.

Here at Nature's Finest, our solution is the Magnesium Complex supplements from Nature's Sunshine. Jim recommends starting with 2 capsules a day, and working up to a dose that best meets your body's needs. Give us a call, or drop by the store to pick up a bottle today!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.naturessunshine.com/us/Printable/GetProductDetailsPdf?productID=1859

https://draxe.com/magnesium-supplements/

Why You Need B Complex - NOT B12

Are you looking to take B12 for an energy boost? Do you want to strengthen your hair, skin, and nails with biotin? While it might seem easy to take a single B vitamin, it’s wiser to supplement with the whole B complex. If one B vitamin is deficient, it’s likely others are out of balance, too.

Besides, supplementation of any one B vitamin to the exclusion of the others can cause deficiencies.  For instance, supplementation of Thiamine by itself causes a severe drop in B6 levels.

B1 – Thiamine

  • boosts metabolism
  • supports immune health
  • enhances learning
  • improves mood

B2 – Riboflavin

  • eases migraines
  • strengthens eyes
  • reduces anemia
  • fights cancer

B3 – Niacin

  • relieves stress and anxiety
  • increases circulation
  • lowers cholesterol
  • nourishes nerves and brain

B5 – Pantothenic Acid

  • Increases energy metabolism
  • reduces stress
  • supports wound healing
  • fights acne

B6 – Pyroxidine

  • aids brain function
  • reduces rheumatoid arthritis
  • relieves morning sickness and PMS
  • protects eye health 

B7 – Biotin

  • strengthens hair, skin and nails
  • balances blood sugar
  • promotes heart health
  • nourishes thyroid and adrenal glands

B9 – Folate

  • aids fetal development
  • eliminates excess homocysteine
  • boosts mood
  • regulates red blood cell production

B12 – Methylcobalamin

  • boosts energy
  • helps prevent memory loss
  • aids digestion
  • strengthens hair, skin and nails

Our favorite B complex supplements?

1) Super Blandingpage_m

  • High potency
  • Threshold controlled for a steady release of nutrients over 6 hours
  • Exclusively bound in ratios for highest effectiveness
  • Supplies honorary B vitamins Insositol and Choline

2) Balanced B Complex1625_small

  • Balanced to aid B-12 absorption
  • Provides calcium and phosphorous

3) B-Complex1778_small

  • Contains herbs such as Rosehips and Acerola fruit for extra antioxidants

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

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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: http://s3.amazonaws.com/static.gnld.com/us/product/3321/fastfacts.pdf https://www.seleneriverpress.com/historical/imbalance-of-vitamin-b-factors/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_vitamins