The secret to a healthy immune system is a diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
However, some of the vitamins and minerals that moms, dads, and children need in their daily diet can’t be sufficiently found in the grocery aisle. In these cases, purchasing a multivitamin for your kids or a supplement for your partner will help to balance out any diet deficiencies.
Additionally, there are some ailments that most families will experience at some point and knowing which vitamins to turn to can help speed the recovery and get your crew feeling better in no time.
Is your child down with the flu? Recovering from a surgery?
The recovery period after a surgery or other sickness is a critical time for your child’s body. You want to give his or her body the nutrients it needs so that it can repair itself.
Vitamin C is especially important after a surgery because it aids the body in healing wounds. Other vitamins for post-surgery recovery include Vitamin B12, Iron, and Vitamin E, as they all aid the body in cell repair and restoration.
Depending on what your child is recovering from, his or her body might have difficulty digesting certain foods. Thus your child’s nutrition intake could be in jeopardy.
Certain companies provide specific supplements that a person can take for the type of surgery they have undergone. For example, bariatric vitamins help patients get the nutrients they need after a weight loss surgery procedure. Ask your doctor which vitamins your child needs particular to their case.
Introduce vitamin-rich foods back into their diet steadily. Avoid foods that are sugary, processed, or high in trans fats, as these foods will tax the body’s systems. Is your child a picky eater? Focus on healthy foods that you know they will eat. For instance, smoothies are a great way to sneak in some vegetables by masking the bitter flavor with bananas or other sweet fruits.
Is your hair falling out?
Hair falling out? And this time your kids are not to blame? So what gives?
Up to 50 percent of both men and women will report hair loss by the time they reach their fifties. Several studies have shown that a diet rich in certain vitamins and minerals can help slow down and even prevent hair loss altogether.
The next time you are in the supermarket, look for foods that are high in Iron, Zinc, Niacin, Biotin, and linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids.
Iron is what helps to create the DNA in your hair. An iron deficiency could cause your hair to shed. Iron can be found in fish, eggs, meat, dark leafy greens, seeds, whole grains, and nuts.
Zinc is a building block of protein synthesis, a process your hair needs to grow. Your hair loss might be because of not enough zinc in your diet. Zinc can also be found in the same foods that are rich in Iron.
Niacin and biotin can both be found in legumes, nuts, seeds, fish, dairy, and meat.
Before taking supplements for hair loss, always go the whole foods path first. If your diet is rich in the above vitamins, but you continue to experience hair loss, consult a doctor before taking supplements for hair loss. Your body is best able to synthesize vitamins that come from food sources.
Is your child overly moody? Feeling down?
Seeing a change in appetite or a loss of interest in what they used to be engaged in? If you have noticed your children or yourself feeling extra moody or emotional, you might want to look at eating habits.
Harvard Health Publishing says studies show a correlation between a high sugar diet and impaired brain function. For example, a person on a high sugar diet may exhibit symptoms of mood disorders. Depression is classified as a mood disorder. According to the CDC, from the age of 12, 1 in 13 Americans report feeling depressed.
But just as foods can be one cause of emotional instability and mood disorders, foods high in nutrition can stabilize one’s emotions. (Keep in mind that nutrition is only one aspect of helping curb depression. If you suspect a member of your family is battling with depression or other disorder, get help from a medical professional.)
Vitamin B 12 is an essential vitamin for emotional and mental health. If you or your children are not getting enough Vitamin B12, that could explain feelings of irritability and depression. This vitamin can be found in eggs, grass-fed butter, and healthy sources of red meat, such as grass-fed beef.
Buying vitamins for your family can be an expensive undertaking. But it need not be. With a better understanding of vitamin-rich foods, you will be able to target these common ailments without going over budget.
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