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Childrens Health Posts

The number one supplement you should be taking
Fri, 16 March, 2018
By now most of us have heard of antioxidants and know about their health benefits but it's still important to be savvy about how powerful the antioxidant is that you're consuming and how much you have to consume for it to have any actual effect on the free radicals within your body. C....
Milk alternative drinks leads to iodine deficiency
Fri, 23 February, 2018
The popularity of dairy free milk alternatives has soared in recent times but a new study published by the British Journal of Nutrition has reported that they are not a suitable substitute for cows' milk when it comes to iodine content.
Are sugar alternatives actually healthy?
Fri, 16 February, 2018
As a nation we are getting more health conscious it seems and this has let to certain buzz words doing the rounds, one of which is "refined sugar free". Products are using unprocessed alternatives instead but does that really mean it's healthy or are we getting duped by hype?
Three supplements you should be taking this winter
Fri, 15 December, 2017
Ensuring you are achieving adequate nutritional and vitamin intake is important all year round but there are a few supplements that are particular important to stock up on during the winter season.
Young people suffering strokes is on the rise
Fri, 24 November, 2017
Experts are warning of an increase in strokes suffered by young people, including those in their 20's, 30's and 40's. The cause of which appears to be down to too much salty food in our diets.
2nd November is Vitamin D day!
Thu, 2 November, 2017
Led by the Vitamin D Society, Vitamin D Council and GrassrootsHealth, Vitamin D Day is a day marked to recognize vitamin D deficiency as a world health problem. Researchers has agreed that at least one third of the world is deficient in vitamin D, and some scientists think it's even g....
Improving cognitive performance of school children
Mon, 2 October, 2017
Well the kids are back in school (a collective phew from parents), but learning is hard work for our children and it’s a parents job to do everything they can to help them succeed academically and otherwise. After all promoting happiness, health, and focus at a young age can only stan....
Changing seasons require immune system boost
Tue, 19 September, 2017
Colds and flu seem to be rife when the seasons change - its down to a combination of shifts in temperature that allow a different group of viruses to flourish, and it's these viruses that make people ill. The daily nourishment of your immune system can make a huge difference to how yo....
Breakfast is key for childrens nourishment
Mon, 4 September, 2017
The old saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's something that nutrition and health experts have been going on about for years but new research has revealed that it is actually vital for the overall health of children and teenagers. According to the ....
Lutein can improve a child's academic performance
Mon, 4 September, 2017
A new study has found that high levels of lutein in children will lead them to perform better in school regarding of IQ and other academic and personal factors. Lutein is found in leafy green vegetables so here we have another reason kids need to eat their broccoli!
Maternal vitamin D vital for childhood development
Mon, 14 August, 2017
Pregnant women with a deficiency in vitamin D may be putting their children at risk of developmental issues according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Vitamin D and safe sun exposure
Mon, 7 August, 2017
It is pretty well known that the best source of vitamin D is the sun, however we are also told that we need to slather on the sunscreen to protect against sunburn and skin cancer. If we do this are we depriving ourselves of necessary vitamin D?
Teenagers with diets lacking in fatty acids may be
Mon, 24 July, 2017
Low omega-3 levels in adolescence leads to behavioural problems in adulthood, a new study suggests. Those on a diet lacking the nutrient had slower brain development as teenagers according to results. Find out more in this post.
Vitamin D3 is twice as effective as vitamin D2
Tue, 18 July, 2017
There are two types of vitamin D, D2 and D3. Up until this latest study, which will be published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it's been largely thought that both perform well as a supplement. However for the first time scientists aset out to find out if one ....
Vitamins & supplements to take in the summer
Fri, 23 June, 2017
The summer time puts a lot of stress on the body, in fact the time you spend out in the heat can actually deprive your body of certain important vitamins and minerals that you need. By learning about the best vitamins and supplements to take, if you are planning on travelling to very ....
Men with good vitamin D levels will have strong he
Mon, 19 June, 2017
According to a new study by University College Dublin men with good levels of vitamin D in their bachelor years are more likely to have healthy children when they start a family. The scientists found paternal vitamin D intake directly impacted their child's height and weight in their ....
Omega 3's may protect children against type 1 diab
Tue, 13 June, 2017
New research has brought attention to the role of omega 3 fatty acids and milk feeding in helping to reduce children's risk of type 1 diabetes. Find out more in this post.
Forget 5 a day we need 10 a day!
Thu, 2 March, 2017
While eating the recommended five a day still helps reduce disease risk, the highest benefits are seen when people consume double that, researcher has found. Doubling our recommended intake could save 7.8 million lives a year globally.
Take pregnancy vitamins to boost child's IQ
Mon, 23 January, 2017
It is well known that keeping vitamin and nutrient levels up during pregnancy is essential for a healthy baby but new research suggests failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school.
Iron deficiencies in the UK
Mon, 16 January, 2017
Iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the UK, with almost half the girls aged 11 to 18, and more than a quarter of working-age women, falling short of intakes needed for good health.
Vitamin deficiencies now commonplace across UK
Fri, 6 January, 2017
The official advice given by the government and NHS experts is that we should be able to get all our nutritional requirements from eating a healthy and balanced diet however new research has found vitamin deficiencies are common place across all ages.
Autism could be linked to lack of vitamin D during
Wed, 14 December, 2016
While it’s widely known vitamin D is vital for maintaining healthy bones, there’s also a solid body of evidence linking it to brain growth. A recent study has found that women who have a lack of vitamin D while pregnant are more likely to have a child with autism.
Vegetarianism linked to malnourishment
Mon, 21 November, 2016
In spite of the argument that there are plenty of alternatives, many vegetarians are not receiving adequate nutrition thanks to their meat-free diet. A recent article published by the Express has reported on a study revealing that just under a quarter of those surveyed admitted they b....
UK teens are not meeting adequate vitamin D levels
Mon, 14 November, 2016
A new study finds high prevalence of vitamin D inadequacy in 14 to 18 year olds at a time of the year when vitamin D levels should be at their peak (post-summer). The research identifies the level of vitamin D intake needed by adolescents to avoid vitamin D deficiency and ensure adequ....
What vitamins give you more energy?
Wed, 9 November, 2016
Fatigue isn’t just tiredness, it’s a lack of energy that can often be a symptom of issues like depression, anaemia, or thyroid problems. But when you've ruled out any medical issues, you should consider supplementation. Some of the most common cause of fatigue can be significantly all....
Where to get Omega-3 essential fatty acids from
Fri, 28 October, 2016
No type of fat has been getting more recent publicity than Omega-3s, you're very likely to have heard that they play an important role in support of our health. Find out what animal foods, seafoods, vegetables, seeds and nuts are rich in Omega-3, and what health conditions Omega-3s pl....
What Are The Vitamins We're Not Getting Enough Of?
Tue, 25 October, 2016
As you age, you need more of certain vitamins and minerals than when you were younger. Eating more natural whole foods will serve your health much better but still, we often still are in need of boosting vital vitamins and minerals. The three most common vitamins we are deficient in a....
Walnuts - great for a healthy brain
Fri, 5 August, 2016
Have you ever noticed that a wrinkly walnut looks remarkably like a brain? Everyone knows the saying "you are what you eat", in the case of walnuts how true is it?
The Vitamin D vs sun protection debate
Wed, 8 June, 2016
Vitamin D is vital to our well-being and our primary source is from sunlight. During the winter in the UK, it is impossible to get enough vitamin D from the sun in the UK, and during the summer we are strongly advised to use sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. Most people are unaware of....
Feeding your child salmon could protect them again
Fri, 21 August, 2015
The daily mail has recently reported on new research suggesting that a diet rich in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel before the age of 8 halves the risk of developing hayfever in later life. Find out more about the study in this post.
Vitamin D Supplements recommended for everyone
Wed, 19 August, 2015
According to a recent report from Public Health England, over one in five people have low levels of essential vitamin D. The bleak British weather is stopping much of the population from receiving healthy amounts of the essential vitamin from sunlight and natural food sources alone ar....
More evidence of Omega-3 Fish Oil benefits
Mon, 18 May, 2015
Most people know that we are advised to eat at least two portions of fish a week but statistics show our total daily Omega-3 intake is still declining. We may however not necessarily know why we are told to do this and what the potential heath benefits of eating fish are. Read 6 reaso....
Beta-glucans and the immune system
Tue, 11 November, 2014
Beta-Glucans are crucial weapons in the fight to stay healthy and naturally boost the immune system. The body doesn't produce Beta-Glucans so the only way to get the compound is through external sources. Learn more about Beta-Glucans and how they work to boost our immune system.
UK childrens misconceptions about food
Wed, 20 August, 2014
A national pupil survey conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation of over 13,000 children between 5 and 16 has revealed some alarming results - with children believing fish fingers to come from chicken and bread from animals. With childhood obesity on the rise could poor food know....
Probiotics may help prevent obesity
Thu, 31 July, 2014
A scientific study into the effects of probiotics on the diet has shown that it may help to prevent obesity and help treat chronic diseases. Probiotics are 'hot' property in the supplements business with a huge wave of studies and benefits being discovered recently. It appears that th....
More reports about children's consumption of junk
Fri, 30 May, 2014
Awareness of the importance of diet when it comes to health has, arguably, never been greater - consequently the food industry is under constant pressure to educate it's consumers. Health compromised by dietary factors is on the increase and this is driving many people to change their....
Pycnogenol® found to enhance mental performance
Fri, 23 May, 2014
Supplementing a healthy diet is just as important to maintaining mental performance as it is to maintaining a healthy body. Natural supplements are an easy, effective way to manage mental focus, memory and overall mood. A recent clinical trial has shown Pycnogenol® to enhance mental p....
Majority do not meet healthy eating targets
Wed, 21 May, 2014
A recent report by Public Health England has revealed the UK population is consuming far too much saturated fat, sugars and salt and far too few fruit, vegetables and oily fish. This is a major cause for concern and highlights the need for the UK population to make dietary changes for....
Children may benefit from vital vitamin D suppleme
Tue, 13 May, 2014
Vitamin D is crucial to maintenance of strong bones, healthy muscle function and efficient immune system functioning. However a recent survey by the HFMA has reported very worrying statistics - 64% of children are not getting enough vitamin D from their diet alone. Experts are now cla....
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