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Mary Poppins was wrong! Nutritional advice for children.

Wednesday September 4, 2013

Back to school with Viridian Nutrition.


Genetics, good teachers, supportive parents and appropriate friends play vital roles in academic achievement, but one of the most essential aspects of IQ and performance is nutrition – and it is one of the few factors you can control each day.



“Ensuring a good nutritious lunch to include a rainbow of raw and natural foods is the foundation of good health,” says Aimee Benbow, nutritionist and technical manager at Viridian Nutrition.  “Additionally, concentration, clarity of thought, IQ scores and overall behaviour have been shown to improve even with a simple multivitamin. I would also recommend water instead of fruit juices or soda drinks again to help concentration and avoid damaging chemicals and excessive sugars.”


Mary Poppins was wrong!
 

A spoonful of sugar is clearly not ideal for children, and vitamin tablets claiming to be healthful for kids but are actually full of sugar or sugar substitutes are misleading parents, says ethical vitamin company Viridian Nutrition.

“Virtually every children’s vitamin tablet contains sugar or aspartame to make them tasty and easy to take,” claims Cheryl Thallon, founder of Viridian Nutrition. “I have a child myself and did not want her taking a daily dose of unnecessary additives in this way. So we set ourselves the challenge of developing a couple of kid’s products which are easy for children to take, but without any nasties – ViridiKid Multi and ViridiKid Omega-3 Oil are the result.”

A good diet, plenty of fresh air and exercise plus lots of love and attention will generally keep your child healthy, bright and happy. But a good diet isn’t always easy to maintain in a child and assumes that your child enjoys eating leafy green foods and oily fish on a regular basis.
 
A word from The Medicinal Chef
 

Dale Pinnock, nutritionist/herbalist and author of ‘The Medicinal Chef’ explains: "There are few things that can influence a child's behaviour, mood, concentration, and energy levels than food. A good packed lunch filled with proteins, healthy fats (particularly Omega 3) and complex carbohydrates, will have a dramatic influence on them. Avoid the sugary, nutrient devoid, processed foods that so often get marketed to us as lunch box staples. instead look at adding as much fresh produce as you can. try batch cooking meals, or even using left overs from the previous evenings meal. Anything that ensures a broad intake of high quality nutrition. I guarantee you will see the effect in days!"

No-one would suggest that stuffing your child full of vitamin pills is the solution either, but a balanced diet topped up with a good quality multivitamin can give reassurance to parents that their children are avoiding any obvious nutritional deficiencies.

Additionally, from time-to-time, as children suffer with occasional colds and infections, earache, stomach problems and so on, natural remedies can be recommended once a proper diagnosis has been obtained from a qualified health practitioner.
 
How to choose the right vitamins for your kids
 

Choosing the right multi for your kids is a challenge. Cartoon shapes, blackberry flavours, syrups and powders are all on offer.

Voted ‘best buy’ in the Daily Mail review of children’s supplements by Dr Alex Richardson, ViridiKid Multi offers a kids’ formula without added nasties. No added sugar, aspartame or other sweeteners, colourings, flavourings, binders (glues), coatings, hidden ingredients or gimmicks!
In an easy-to-swallow mini veg cap, this pure combination of vitamins and minerals has been designed to supplement a healthy diet for kids aged 2 to 14. Take daily alongside the ViridiKid 100% organic nutritional oil blend for the optimum supplement programme for children.

ViridiKid 100% Organic Omega-3 Oil 200ml is a rich source of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids on a 2:1 ratio. The organic oil is omega-3 rich and gently flavoured with organic vanilla and orange oils.
Featuring the all-organic seed oils, flax, hemp, pumpkin and avocado, ViridiKid Omega-3 Oil provides a fish-free, vegan omega-3 supplement. Take off the spoon or mix into a yoghurt or smoothie.
 
Send your kids off to school with a “brain box”
 

A final word about the lunch box from Ben Brown, technical director at Viridian Nutrition: "A lunch box is better thought of as a "brain box." Regular nourishing meals and snacks - such as lean protein, nuts, fruits, vegetables and whole grains - help improve mental energy, mood and learning at this crucial time of brain development."

The Viridian Nutrition multi-award-winning range of more than 180 vitamins, minerals, herbs, tinctures, balms, amino acids, specialty nutrients and nutritional oils was founded in 1999.  More than 40% of the Viridian range is certified organic by the Soil Association. Viridian Nutrition is dedicated to purity, the environment and charity; this British company has a significant charity donation programme supporting children’s and environmental charities. The Viridian Nutrition range is available from selected independent health food stores nationwide. www.viridian-nutrition.com

 

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