Kid Tough

Make Your Kid Tough!

The nutritional needs of children are really not that much different than that of their parents.  Aren’t they just mini adults after all?  Being kid tough still requires the same basic nutrients including fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  Of course, the proportion of each they need will vary some depending on their age and gender.  They are growing and so their needs not only include what their body requires to continue functioning normally.  It also needs more beyond that for growth.1

Nature's Plus Animal Parade Gold Multivitamins & Mineral-60 Chewables

Chewable Multivitamin, the Foundation of Kids’ Health

Everyone should take a multivitamin to ensure they are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need.  This is especially true for kids. They are growing and performing the processes of life at a greater rate than adults.  Thus, failure to receive sufficient nutrition, like not getting enough iodine, can result in stunted growth.2  It is ironic that often we pay little attention to kids’ health while we take our vitamins.  And yet we aren’t even growing!  Children are, and so need additional nutrition that much more to fulfill the cellular needs of life as well as growth.

Puritan's Pride Chewable Vitamin C-500 mg with Rose Hips-250 Chewables

Chewable C for a Kid Tough Immune System

If you read the Being kid tough entry you already know that there are a great many benefits to taking vitamin C.  Naturally, these apply to children as well.  So don’t we want to boost their immune system and reduce disease risk in them too?  Of course we do!  These are wonderful benefits to vitamin C, but we especially cannot forget that it is also essential in the production of collagen.3,4  Children are producing new tissues all the time, after all, that’s what growing is, and that means lots of collagen.  That means lots of vitamin C.

Puritan's Pride Liquid Calcium Magnesium with Vitamin D3 Blueberry-16 oz Liquid

Liquid Calcium/Magnesium Make For Strong Bones

If you’ve ever been a parent then you know that kids grow like weeds and so must their bones. Obviously to grow taller one must increase bone length, which requires collagen, proteins, and of course calcium.  I explained on the bone health page, that when the body doesn’t have enough calcium in the bloodstream then it robs it from bone.5,6  This is a really bad thing for kids’ health since their bones can potentially end up less than as sturdy as they ought to be.  But just like adults, magnesium and vitamin D are also essential to ensure that calcium is absorbed properly so as to be useful.7