Back to school season is around the corner! As parents we want to have everything ready for our children to start with the best foot forward. You probably already made sure school supplies, books and uniforms are ready to go.

Everything is already inside the backpack or hung in the closet waiting for the bell to ring.

At Nature’s Discount we also want to help students get ready for back to school season – because we know that children need more than their backpack.

Children need  vitamins and minerals  

Our body needs micronutrients to function properly. Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of these micronutrients.  Since the body does not produce enough of the vitamins and minerals needed we must obtain them through a good diet.

Why are they called micronutrients?

Unlike macronutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates, micronutrients are needed in smaller quantities. However, this does not mean they are  less important.

Their main function is to participate in chemical and metabolic processes of great relevance (source:  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/micronutrients#types-and-functions).

Vitamin A strengthens our vision and immune system. It allows us to do things such as seeing colors and being able to see at night, while also protecting our skin.

The group of vitamins B (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid) has a metabolic function. They are part of the  energy production and release process in our body.

Vitamin C helps fight infections and keeps tissues healthy. Also, it aids the healing process of bruises. Vitamin D is very important for your bones and teeth as it is part of the calcium and phosphorus synthesis process. Sunbathing is very important to stimulate this process.

Vitamin E is a great antioxidant. It participates in the production of red blood cells and also strengthens your immune system.

Vitamin K is responsible for the blood clotting process. Do you remember your last cut? This vitamin was responsible for the cells joining together as if they were some sort of glue to stop the bleeding.

Vitamins B and C are water-soluble, which means they dissolve in water. These vitamins are quickly discarded by the body and we must consume them every day.

Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble, so they bind to fat and can be stored in our body for much longer.

Unlike vitamins, minerals are inorganic compounds. They are not easily affected by elements such as temperature and air. There are more than 20 essential minerals, and they are divided into two categories based on their function. 

Macrominerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur and magnesium are needed in greater quantities. On the other hand, microminerals or trace minerals such as iron, iodine, fluorine, copper, manganese, cobalt, zinc, chromium, molybdenum, and selenium are needed in smaller quantities.

Minerals participate in processes of great importance such as the formation of calcium, enzymes,hormones, and red blood cells. They also participate  in processes such as oxygen transport and autoimmune system protection.

What’s the easiest and funnest way to provide these vitamins and minerals to your child?

 Consuming these micronutrients in a colorful and practical way is now possible thanks to Nature’s Way – Alive! Kids Gummies!

These delicious gummies contain 14 vitamins and minerals necessary for the nutrition of your children. They are gluten free, made with pectin, and are sweetened with organic tapioca and sugarcane.

Directly from the cold waters of Iceland:

 Cod liver oil has been present in our families for generations.  

But the taste is horrible!

 This used to be true, but today there is a wide variety of products on the market that include options such as the Olde World Icelandic Cod Liver Oil, which has a rich mint and lemon flavor. 

At some point in our childhood, we have all heard about the importance of cod liver oil. Regardless many of us took it daily.

 So what is the fuss?

 Cod liver oil is rich in vitamins A and D. This oil has the ability  to help our children develop their sight and fight infections.

This oil is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and specifically includes docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (EPA). These acids contribute to the development of a better sight, and brain development.

Can you see there is a good intention behind that horrible taste?

 It is very important to help our children develop and reach the full potential of all their abilities at school. A better vision will help them focus, and be more attentive to the world around them.

A diet that includes fresh fish, especially from cold waters, helps with the necessary intake of these nutrients. However, children are not always willing to eat fish. Sometimes parents might feed them with processed and fried fish, which eliminates  its nutritional value almost completely. 

That is why supplements such as Olde World Icelandic Cod Liver Oil are the secret weapon of many parents. This supplement replaces the horrible taste we know for a minty fresh flavor making Cod Liver Oil enjoyable. 

Your children’s metabolism needs  extra support

As parents we want the best for our children’s development which means doing what is best for them even when we are not there.

Low levels of magnesium in children can result in lack of concentration, having a hard time focusing or following class instructions, mood swings, and easily getting distracted when performing an activity.

Their body might be present but their mind is somewhere else. A low level of magnesium makes it hard for the brain to concentrate and stay active while performing activities, especially in children. This condition is related to disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

Spinach, dark chocolate and yogurt are rich sources of magnesium.We can also find it in supplements such as Attentive Child Chewable Wafers 30’s, which provides  antioxidants and magnesium to ensure the development of brain metabolism.