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Well and Good: A Different Kind of Health Insurance

We all buy insurance policies to protect ourselves, loved ones or property from the unknown. Car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, life insurance _ all purchased “just in case” we suffer an accident, tragedy or loss.

I look at adding in additional vitamins to my diet as a “Nutritional Insurance Policy”. They protect me against what I may be coming into contact with, whether it is a virus, a bacterial infection, cold, flu or just plain ole malnutrition. Yes, we do have children (and adults) who are not consuming a diet that meets all of their nutritional needs.

If you’re a parent, you know that what you do on a daily basis for your child’s health will pay off big-time, not only ensuring their health now but teaching them good, healthy habits. And one of the most basic but beneficial things you can do is give your child a food-based multivitamin. It will fill in any gaps that their diet misses.

Let’s be honest here. It is hard to get children to eat everything that is good for them 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Not every child is going eat his spinach, broccoli, carrots or green beans. That is where your food- based vitamins come into play.

There are now great-tasting chewable or liquid forms of food-based multivitamins. Nature’s Plus leads the pack in this arena. They are the “King of Taste” in my opinion. They have been working at it for over 25 years now.  This company not only makes the food-based multivitamin, but they also make chewable calcium. This is especially important as girls make 40% of their bone density between the ages of 12 and 16. Along with the calcium needed is additional vitamin D. This is necessary for the calcium to be absorbed into the bones instead of being stored in the soft tissues. This vitamin can be found in a chewable tablet or a liquid form

Now that school is back in session, Vitamin D becomes even more necessary as kids are required to sit inside a classroom when the sun is at its most beneficial time for the body to make its own. More than 300 independent studies have been done on Vitamin D. Out of those studies comes the proof that Vitamin D is essential for the health of the immune system.  Even new mothers are being told to take in adequate amounts of this vitamin if they are nursing, and most formulas are now adding vitamin D to their mix.

Elderberry is a great addition to keep on hand as it helps shorten the effects of any viral infection. It can also be given daily as a preventative. I have known many mothers and grandmothers who give this to their children or grandchildren the entire school year and report much less time out for sickness.

Finally, zinc lozenges and extra chewable vitamin C are great to keep on hand. They will also help shorten the effects of that flu or cold that hits your household.

With all of these great nutritional supplements available today across the counter to buy, your child’s health is really in your hands. Take charge and grow a healthier child.