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Healthy Kids Package

 

As a mother of three, I am always worried about the health of my kids. Are they getting the right amount of required nutrients with their sometimes picky diet? Is their immune system strong enough to handle the onslaught of germs and viruses that the winter month inevitably brings?  Sick kids are no fun, and they put a major halt to the smooth flow of daily life. In order to boost their immunity and ensure their nutritional needs are met, I sat down with one of The Granary’s Nutritionists to develop a package that would help supplement any child’s diet, support brain development and improve immune function. 

The result of that meeting was the Healthy Kids Package designed for children 3+. We have taken much consideration to put together a package that is both highly effective and cost considerate. One package will give you optimal nutritional and immune support for 60 days (for 1 child or 30 days for 2 children) for a cost of $90.00 That is more than a 15% savings.

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Multivitamin with Whole Food Concentrates – 1 with breakfast,  1 with dinner

 A multi vitamin is like an insurance policy, making sure basic nutritional needs are met even when the diet may not be optimal. However, not all multivitamins are created equal. Many children formulas are full of sugar, colours and artificial flavours and or sweeteners. The Healthy Kids Package contains the Big Friends Chewable Multi Vitamin & Minerals with whole food concentrates. It is sweetened with naturally occurring xylitol and contains fruit flavours. Formulated to support the development and maintenance of healthy bones, teeth, gums, eyesight, night vision, healthy skin, membranes, and immune function. It is recommend that children chew 1 tablet 2 times a day.

Multi Strain Probiotic – Chew 1 at bedtime 

Probiotics provide the body with beneficial bacteria which are essential for healthy gut flora.   Beneficial bacteria colonize the digestive tract and provide balance against “bad” bacteria or yeasts.   A lack of beneficial bacteria from a poor diet, illness or use of antibiotics can lead to poor absorption of nutrients, intestinal irritation, diarrhea or constipation.  Healthy gut flora regulates immune function, can reduce allergies and also plays an important role mood regulation and the reduction or prevention of autoimmune conditions. The NOW brand Extra Strength BerryDophilus provides 10 Billion CFU from a combination of 10 clinically validated probiotic bacterial strains designed to support gastrointestinal health and healthy immune system function. It is recommend that children chew 1 tasty tablet daily at least 5-6 days a week. Probiotics can be taken at any time and with other supplements but the best time to take a probiotic is at bedtime which allows the bacteria uninterrupted opportunity to colonize the gut.  Probiotics should be taken at least 2 hours away from antibiotic medication. 

Fish Oil with Vitamin D-  0.5-1 tsp (5ml) daily with a meal

Both fish oil and Vitamin D have been highly studied with results showing many health benefits associated with both. Many of these studies have linked the active compounds (DHA & EPA) found in fish oil with healthy brain development, improved immunity, mood and more. It is an essential nutrient (meaning the body does not produce it) that many children lack in their diet. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin,  has long been recognized for its important role in bone health and immunity.   Additionally, Vitamin D has been found to play a role in mental health. Our Healthy Kids package includes the great tasting Sea-licious Kids Omega 3 with vitamin D. The flavour of Cotton Candy is made using a steam-distillation process that captures the essence of burnt sugar. This chemical-free process draws out the fragrant, sweet molecules without any sugar residue. A daily yummy spoonful has your kids saying more please! It is recommend that children take 0.5 – 1tsp daily. Fish oil can be taken with other supplements and can be added to juice, smoothies and more or taken right off the spoon. 

Anti-Cold Echinacea Tincture – 1 ml in a little water, once daily

Echinacea is an immune boosting anti-viral herb that helps fight off infections.  When taken at the first sign of symptoms, Natural Factors ECHINAMIDE Anti-Cold Alcohol Free Herb Tincture can help stop a cold from developing, ease symptoms, and accelerate healing. It works great as a preventative to keep kids healthy during the school year.  Take daily throughout cold and flu season, but be sure to take 1 week off every 8.  At first signs of infection, or when infection is present in the house, children can take 1 ml 1-3 times a day in water or juice. (can also be taken straight).

Tips for healthy kids!

  • Encourage drinking water rather than juice. Include frozen fruits, drops of stevia or use special water cups to help picky drinkers stay hydrated. 
  • Offer a variety of food at meal and snack times to ensure a balanced diet
  • Stay away from sodas, fried or processed foods, sugar and white flour
  • Make time for active play daily and limit screen time – kids need to move and explore their world
  • Be consistent with bedtime and plan for extra quiet time when needed

As with all natural health products, you should talk to your health practitioner to ensure the products are right for you. Brands and products can not be substituted for the quoted price, however, we are always happy to help you find the products that are right for you.

Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic

I recently took home this new chewable probiotic for my kids.  I have given my girls a variety of probiotics over the years including Udo’s Choice Toddlers, Renew life BabyFlora and Progressive Kids. All of which I believe have great benefits to the overall health of children, including better immune system, less digestion distress and more. I have to admit this new 10billion chewable makes giving a high quality, high dose probiotic very convenient. Renew Life has greatly improved the texture of this  tablet and not dealing with powder can be nice (however powder does provide more discrete options!)

 

For those looking for a high quality, great tasting probiotic chewable for kids I recommend this new Renew Life product.

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Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic is a blend of 9 probiotics (good bacteria) that is specifically formulated for the intestinal tract and colon of children. Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic is a chewable tablet with berry flavour from real berries and fruit for a taste that children will love.

The term ‘probiotic’ means supporting life. Probiotics are friendly, beneficial bacteria. While there are hundreds of different strains of bacteria that live in the digestive tract, some strains are more prevalent in children including; Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium bifidum & Lactobacillus acidophilus. These bacteria (as well as others) are normal inhabitants of the large and small intestines and are an important part of a healthy digestive system. However, the type and amount of bacteria in each child is dependent on which bacteria they acquired as infants. The intestinal system of a fetus is actually sterile; with no bacteria present. It is during a vaginal delivery that the baby is introduced to numerous strains of bacteria. Vaginally born infants have over 1000 completely colonized intestinal bacteria species by the end of their first year. Cesarean born infants are not introduced to the same type or amount of bacteria as vaginal born infants. Research has shown those born via c-section have lower numbers of bifidobacteria & Bacteroides, as well as more C difficile (a pathogenic bacteria) than vaginally born infants.

Research has also shown that breastfed infants initially establish a different bacterial composition than formula fed infants. The prebiotic oligosaccharide (found in breast milk) is what feeds healthy intestinal bacteria. By providing gut bacteria with the food they require, they are able to colonize. Exclusively formula-fed infants are more often colonized with E coli, C difficile, Bacteroides, and lactobacilli, compared with breastfed infants who have higher counts of bifidobacteria.

Children born via C-section and those who have not been breast fed are not the only children who can have an imbalance of gut bacteria. Probiotics can also be impaired through stress, illness, antibiotics treatment, or changes to the diet. Thankfully they can also be brought back into balance through the introduction of the right balance of supplemental probiotics.

Research shows that taking probiotics can help to improve gastrointestinal function, respiratory and allergy response, as well as help to counter the negative effects of antibiotic use.

Further, these beneficial bacteria help the body to

produce vitamins
absorb nutrients
control overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus.

Common Digestive Problems and Solutions

Some of the most common digestive issues Canadians face include heartburn and intestinal discomfort due to bloating and gas. Although sometimes these symptoms can be associated with other conditions, they are most often a result of the type of food we have consumed.
Heartburn, also called gastric reflux, is a common gastro-intestinal symptom with a number of dietary triggers. These include coffee and other caffeinated beverages, alcohol, citrus fruits, tomato products, fatty foods and spicy foods. This burning sensation in the lower chest is the result of acid from the stomach entering the esophagus, causing irritation. Simple steps to avoid heartburn include identifying and removing trigger foods from your diet and not overeating.
When it comes to excess bloating due to intestinal gas, there are a number of potential sources. Over-eating and inadequate chewing of food can be common causes.
In fact, much of our intestinal gas that can cause discomfort is due to swallowing air with the food we eat.
Taking your time with meals and thoroughly chewing food can contribute to less swallowed air. In the lower gastro-intestinal tract, mainly the large intestine, gas can also be produced by the intestinal bacteria that are fermenting undigested fibre and starches in our food. Ensuring a healthy balance of bacteria is an important step towards proper digestion.To give these good bacteria a boost, consider introducing a probiotic supplement, gradually, to your daily routine. It can sometimes take a week or two for the healthy flora to become established.
Digestive health is essential to our overall health. Being attentive to our digestive tract allows us to absorb the essential nutrients our bodies need to thrive. Simple steps can be taken to reduce your likelihood of common digestive issues like heartburn and bloating, and natural health products specific to digestive health can support your often overlooked inner ecosystem.
Here are CHFA’s top five tips for enhancing your digestive health:
Consume plenty of fibre rich whole foods.
Eat slowly and chew your food well.
Add a probiotic supplement to your regime for microbial health.
Exercise to stimulate healthy intestinal muscle contractions.
Drink plenty of fluids – we make about 10 litres of digestive juices each day! Drinking fluids keeps our digestive tract lubricated and healthy.

To find more tips on how to maintain a happy and health gut, visit chfa.ca.

Foodie Friday – Kimchi & Zucchini Pad Thai

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 10.43.25 AMThe sweet and sour tamarind sauce balances perfectly with spicy kimchi and smoked tofu. If you don’t have a spiralizer, run a peeler along length of zucchini to make large ribbons and slice into strands with a knife to resemble noodles. Alternatively, try using a julienne peeler available at kitchen stores.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: N/A
Yields: 4 servings

Tamarind Sauce:
3 tbsp (45ml) almond butter
2 tbsp (30ml) tamarind paste
2 tbsp (30ml) maple syrup
2 tbsp (30ml) apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce
2 large zucchini, spiralized (about 4 cups, 1L)
1-1/2 (375ml) cups kimchi, chopped
1 cup (250ml) diced smoked tofu
1/4 cup (60ml) cilantro leaves
1/4 cup (60ml) bean sprouts
2 tbsp (30ml) crushed peanuts
2 lime wedges

Directions:
In a bowl, whisk together almond butter, tamarind paste, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and fish sauce. Toss with zucchini, kimchi and tofu. Divide between two plates and garnish with cilantro, bean sprouts, peanuts and lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories: 206 kcal
Protein: 9 grams 
Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrate: 21.5 grams
Fibre: 5 grams
Sodium : 764.5 mg

10 Health Benefits of Kimchi

What is Kimchi?

Kimchi is a red, fermented cabbage dish made with a mix of salt, vinegar, garlic, chile peppers and other spices. These ingredients are mixed together and sealed in a tightly closed jar. This fermented food can be served with rice, noodles or soups. It boasts a ton of impressive health benefits, and after reading through the list, we’re sure you’ll want to pick some up.

10 Health Benefits of Kimchi

  1. Improve your Digestive Health – Lactobacillus is a probiotic required by the body in order to maintain healthy intestinal flora. You can find lactobacillus in several foods, including kimchi! It is a result of the fermentation process. In addition cabbage is known for its ability to detox and get rid of toxins and waste, which helps to clean out your intestines. There is also a significant amount of fiber present in Kimchi, which is essential for healthy bowel movements.
  2. Lower your Cholesterol – Kimchi is usually prepared with garlic, which is high in selenium and allicin. Allicin is useful in lowering cholesterol levels, therefore reducing the risk of certain cardiac disorders such as strokes and heart attacks. Selenium also helps protect the artery walls by preventing the build up of plaque. To experience these benefits, regular consumption of kimchi is required.
  3. Get your Antioxidants – Protect against oxidative damage and the effects of oxygen free radicals by consuming antioxidants, like those in kimchi, which contains antioxidants, phenols and flavanoids.
  4. Treat and Prevent Eczema – We already mentioned the presence of lactobacillus in kimchi, and its effect on digestive health, but it also has a positive effect when treating eczema. A study concluded that Kimchi contains beneficial bacteria that have the capacity to inhibit eczema by treating and preventing the inflammation of skin.
  5. Weight Control – The benefits of probiotics are endless, and here’s another one. Lactobacillus assists in weight control by controlling the appetite and reducing blood sugar levels. We also mentioned the fiber content as an important tool in healthy digestion, but it also aids in weight management by keeping you full and satisfied longer, which prevents over-eating.
  6. Strengthen your Immune System – Kimchi is packed with nutrients, in a range of flavanoids and phenolic components. Kimchi can be made with several ingredients, including garlic, ginger and peppers, all of which are known for their beneficial effect on the immune system. They are great at fighting infections and preventing and curing cold and flu symptoms.
  7. Benefit from Anti-aging Properties – With significant levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, it’s no wonder kimchi has anti-aging properties. A study revealed that kimchi helps regulate the inflammation that causes the aging process to speed up. In addition kimchi encourages collagen production in the body which improves skin elasticity and promotes healthy, young looking skin.
  8. Reduce your Risk of Developing Certain Cancers – Flavanoids, like those found in kimchi, are known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  9. Soothe Gastric Ulcers – The lactobacillus bacteria in kimchi inhibits harmful pathogens from connecting to the human gastric cells, soothing and possibly preventing gastric ulcers.
  10. Supports Eye Health – Kimchi boasts 18% of your daily value of vitamin A, in just a 100-gram serving. Vitamin A is important in developing a healthy body and is helpful in the maintenance of clear and healthy eyesight.
Photo supplied by Green Table Foods, http://www.greentablefoods.com/our-products/organic-ferments

Photo supplied by Green Table Foods, http://www.greentablefoods.com/our-products/organic-ferments

If you’ve decided that you’d like to give Kimchi a try, we recommend Green Table Foods’, Organic Kimchi. It is non-GMO, wild lacto-fermented, vegan, gluten-Free, raw and contains no sugar, no fish, no sesame, no nuts or additives, no soy, no corn, no dairy, and no vinegar.

Sources

Maiquez, Lianne Martha. “9 Surprising Benefits of Kimchi That Will Make You Want To Try It Now.” n.d. lifehack.org. Online. 5 May 2015.

Organic Facts. “Health Benefits of Kimchi.” n.d. organicfacts.net. Online. 5 May 2015.

 

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