Sup­port­ing healthy kids

Dr Mur­ray Clarke, founder of ChildLife Es­sen­tials, on the nu­tri­ents kids need

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

The most im­por­tant prin­ci­ple to be aware of is that the body, mind and im­mune sys­tem that de­vel­ops in child­hood be­comes the foun­da­tion for ev­ery­thing that fol­lows in their life. This is why the choices you make each day to sup­port your child’s health and de­vel­op­ment are so crit­i­cal.

All the vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, and omega 3 fatty acids are con­sid­ered ‘es­sen­tial’ nu­tri­ents. They pro­vide your child with what they need to grow and they also give the body what it needs to neu­tralise the tox­ins that they are ex­posed to.

What should we look out for when choos­ing sup­ple­ments for our kids? Opt for those de­vel­oped and for­mu­lated specif­i­cally for chil­drens’ unique nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments. They should be pure and clean, ie have no GMOs, ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents, flavour­ings and colour­ings, and they should be gluten-free. Liq­uid for­mu­la­tions are easy to give to chil­dren and they also al­low for greater bioavail­abil­ity and ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents.

What are the most im­por­tant sup­ple­ments to give your child on a daily ba­sis, for on­go­ing main­te­nance

and sup­port? I rec­om­mend mul­ti­vi­ta­mins con­tain­ing all 14 vi­ta­mins and the pri­mary min­er­als; cod liver oil, which con­tains the op­ti­mal form of DHA for brain sup­port; and vi­ta­min C, the most im­por­tant vi­ta­min for im­mune sup­port.

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