Kids Health

Healthy Kids are Happy Kids

We all want what’s best for our little ones, because a healthy kid is a happy kid. To give them the greatest start in life it is critical to ensure they are getting everything they need from their diet. Unfortunately, as many parents know, this is not always easy. There can be hurdles in the way of optimal nutrition such as changing tastebuds and fussy eating habits limiting the number of foods they eat. Poor digestive function may limit the amount of nutrients they absorb, whilst exposure to illnesses at day care and school further increases their need for immune supporting nutrients. This highlights the importance of covering all nutritional bases to help shape your kids into healthy adults.

  • Contact me today on 0438 577 351, to determine whether your child is getting the right nutrients for their current stage of development. Receive tips for the fussy eater & poor sleeper. Get your child’s health on track now with a sound nutritional plan.

 

Fundamental Nutrients for Kids

As many kids restrict the number of foods they will eat, micronutrient deficiency is all too common in children. Insufficient consumption of essential vitamins and minerals can predispose a child to a variety of disorders, and get in the way of healthy growth and development.

A great tasting, kid-friendly multivitamin powder is a simple solution to overcome this dilemma. Choose a formula specifically for growing children, containing high levels of:

  • Zinc, iron and iodine to support healthy cognition, growth and development.
  • Antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C for robust immune function.
  • Calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K to support bone growth.

Your child’s brain and cognitive development relies on sufficient essential fatty acids (good fats) such as those found in fish oils. These omega-3 fatty acids have wide-ranging benefits as they support all the cells in growing bodies, helping them function correctly. However, the fish oil needs to be of the highest quality and purity to achieve the greatest benefits. There is a fish oil suitable for growing kids with a great, fresh flavour and no fishy aftertaste that is guaranteed to surpass the purity of many store bought fish oils.

Supporting the health of your child’s digestive system is not just important for kids who are prone to illness or upset tummies. There is emerging scientific research demonstrating the role of the gastrointestinal tract in promoting strong immune function and protecting against the long-term development of various diseases such as obesity, poor mental health and autoimmunity. If you are looking to support your child’s gut health, immunity and future wellbeing; a good quality probiotic will do the trick. Probiotics help to optimise digestive function through encouraging the growth of healthy gut flora, whilst reducing the numbers of bad bacteria responsible for digestive upsets and ill health.

Probiotics are particularly needed after a course of antibiotics, to replenish the beneficial gut flora wiped out by these medications and reduce the risk of digestive symptoms such as antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.

Get your kids prepped for the long term benefits of good health by laying the foundation with quality nutrition. That way, if faced with the hurdles that life may put ahead of them, they can jump right over and be the happy, healthy child you hope for them to be.

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Are your hormones inharmonious?

It is completely normal for hormone levels to change throughout your lifetime. From the onset of puberty through to menopause, your reproductive hormones are constantly fluctuating, however if they are too high or too low, they can impact on how you feel every day.

Signs that your hormones are out of balance:

  • Moody & agitated behaviour, anxiety
  • Night sweats, hot flushes
  • Painful periods
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Fluid retention
  • Breast tenderness

Many women accept these hormonally related symptoms as just something to tolerate and, they are not!

  • Contact me today on 0438 577 351, for your personalised treatment, dietary and lifestyle plan, to help manage your symptoms and correct any underlying hormonal imbalances you may have.

Lifestyle and Dietary Recommendations

  • Stress management techniques
  • Personalised Weight Loss Program
  • Individualised Detoxification Program
  • Regular cardio and weight bearing exercise
  • Time out and relaxation techniques
  • Dietary recommendations:
  • Ginger, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley.
  • Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts.
  • Soya beans, chickpeas, quinoa, millet, bulgar, buckwheat, brown rice.
  • Blueberries, strawberries, oranges, grapes, avocado, banana, figs, blackberries.
  • Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms, celery, onion, alfalfa sprouts.
  • Low fat milk (or calcium-rich substitute – almond, rice, soy, oat milk), yoghurt, deep-sea fish.
  • Filtered water, green tea, dandelion tea, chamomile tea, spearmint tea.
  • Limit alcohol to < 1 drink daily.
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Managing Daily Stress – How do you cope when life pulls you in different directions?

Stress is a natural, evolutionary body response. We instinctively react to stress in life with a fight, flight or freeze type of reaction. It may be an acute stressful event, such as an exam or public speaking, or it may be the ongoing challenge of raising kids, the daily commute or financial pressures. Your body will still have a response, even if you do not feel like you’re stressed. You don’t have to be ripping your hair out to be suffering from the effects of stress.

Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of acute, current stress include: Low energy, difficulty sleeping, poor memory and concentration, mood changes and digestive disturbances. Long-term stress may lead to hormonal and thyroid imbalances, obesity and a weakened immune system.

Stress can be both a cause and a consequence of ill health which is why it is so important to deal with your stress now. Not only will you feel better now, but it will benefit your health in the future.

  • Contact me today for your tailored De-Stress treatment plan on 0438 577 351, to reduce the effects of stress and help you manage life’s challenges.

 

Stress Busting Diet and Lifestyle Tips

 

Control your stress levels with these simple daily strategies:

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods
  • Enjoy exercise and physical activity
  • Engage in activities that make you happy
  • Enjoy a small amount of dark chocolate
  • Try meditation – deep and conscious breathing calms your nervous system.

 

Specific nutrients can help reduce stress

 

Even if you don’t think of yourself as stressed, consider whether or not your body, mind and soul need a little more nurturing and nourishment. You may already feel quite resilient, but with any type of stress, your body may have an increased need for supportive nutrients.