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childrens health Posts

2nd November is Vitamin D day!
Thursday November 2, 2017 at 3:34pm

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 greater than that.

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Improving cognitive performance of school children
Monday October 2, 2017 at 8:08am

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 stand them in good stead throughout their lives. Healthy habits begin early!

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Changing seasons require immune system boost
Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 3:30pm

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 your autumn pans out so try including some immune-boosting foods in your diet to give your self a head start on the bugs.

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Breakfast is key for childrens nourishment
Monday September 4, 2017 at 6:48am

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 study, young people who skip breakfast could leave themselves open to severe issues with development, that could affect them later on in life.

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Lutein can improve a child's academic performance
Monday September 4, 2017 at 6:08am

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!

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Maternal vitamin D vital for childhood development
Monday August 14, 2017 at 7:40am

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.

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Vitamin D and safe sun exposure
Monday August 7, 2017 at 8:54am

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?

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Teenagers with diets lacking in fatty acids may be
Monday July 24, 2017 at 7:19am

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.

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Vitamin D3 is twice as effective as vitamin D2
Tuesday July 18, 2017 at 6:24pm

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 raises vitamin D levels in the body more effectively than the other and they discovered vitamin D3 is twice as effective, compared to D2. Now researchers are suggesting guidelines about vitamin D should be changed.

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Vitamins & supplements to take in the summer
Friday June 23, 2017 at 8:17am

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 hot climate this summer, you can keep your health at its best.

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Men with good vitamin D levels will have strong he
Monday June 19, 2017 at 7:59am

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 early years which is a crucial point of a child's development.

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Omega 3's may protect children against type 1 diab
Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 8:04am

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.

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Forget 5 a day we need 10 a day!
Thursday March 2, 2017 at 2:53pm

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.

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Take pregnancy vitamins to boost child's IQ
Monday January 23, 2017 at 8:50am

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.

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Iron deficiencies in the UK
Monday January 16, 2017 at 12:51pm

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.

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Vitamin deficiencies now commonplace across UK
Friday January 6, 2017 at 3:58pm

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.

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Autism could be linked to lack of vitamin D during
Wednesday December 14, 2016 at 12:43pm

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.

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Vegetarianism linked to malnourishment
Monday November 21, 2016 at 11:21am

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 believe they are malnourished and of those 79% experienced negative health effects.

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UK teens are not meeting adequate vitamin D levels
Monday November 14, 2016 at 9:01am

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 adequacy. It is clear more emphasis needs to be given to the nutritional intake of vitamin D - a vital nutrient for the body.

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What vitamins give you more energy?
Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 2:34pm

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 alleviated through supplements.

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Where to get Omega-3 essential fatty acids from
Friday October 28, 2016 at 9:48am

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 play a role in preventing/treating.

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What Are The Vitamins We're Not Getting Enough Of?
Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 9:00am

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 are Calcium, Vitamin D and Iron.

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Walnuts - great for a healthy brain
Friday August 5, 2016 at 1:32pm

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?

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The Vitamin D vs sun protection debate
Wednesday June 8, 2016 at 9:34am

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 the effect of SPF has on the amount of vitamin D we can absorb - this article makes for essential reading.

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Feeding your child salmon could protect them again
Friday August 21, 2015 at 8:05am

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.

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Vitamin D Supplements recommended for everyone
Wednesday August 19, 2015 at 8:25am

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 are not enough to boost levels. Government health advisers are now recommending people across the UK increase their daily intake of vitamin D to 10 micrograms.

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More evidence of Omega-3 Fish Oil benefits
Monday May 18, 2015 at 5:24pm

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 reasons to take an Omega-3 fish oil supplement.

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Beta-glucans and the immune system
Tuesday November 11, 2014 at 5:47pm

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.

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UK childrens misconceptions about food
Wednesday August 20, 2014 at 4:57pm

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 knowledge be a causal factor?

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Probiotics may help prevent obesity
Thursday July 31, 2014 at 8:11am

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 the health of the bacteria in our gut has a very influential part to play in the smooth running of our body.

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More reports about children's consumption of junk
Friday May 30, 2014 at 9:15am

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 eating habits, however in the case of childrens' diets why are some parents seemingly burying their heads in the sand?

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Pycnogenol® found to enhance mental performance
Friday May 23, 2014 at 12:01pm

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 performance in healthy college students.

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Majority do not meet healthy eating targets
Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 8:11am

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 the sake of their health.

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Children may benefit from vital vitamin D suppleme
Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 5:10pm

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 claiming Vitamin D deficiency is behind the return of Victorian diseases such as rickets.

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