As new parents we count heavily on our pediatrician’s advice for the right protocol to keeping our children healthy. As far as supplementation recommendation, it is important to realize the average pediatrician may only receive an average of two and a half hours of nutritional training during their four years medical school. Many will say supplements aren’t necessary as long as your child maintains a balanced diet. However, with our lifestyles, we know how difficult that can be and eating healthy may not be enough. Nutritional researchers are finding the nutrients in conventional foods are being robbed by our modern agricultural practices with the use of chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. They are finding foods grown on the same land year after year rob the soil of critical nutrients. Plants tend to become less healthy as they struggle to cope with deficient soil and are becoming susceptible to insects, mold, fungi, viruses, weeds and bacteria requiring more chemicals. It’s a vicious cycle. In our modern world it is virtually impossible to obtain the nutrients we need from diet alone even when we eat healthy. Supplements should be used in addition to eating healthy and are not an invitation to eating a poor diet. However, all supplements are not the same. Many vitamins marketed today are synthetic. They are filled with additives, fillers, binders, lubricants, colors and preservatives. These synthetic forms of vitamins may introduce harmful contaminants and allergens and can interfere with the body’s ability to dissolve and absorb the nutrients. Cost does matter. Cheap ingredients usually suggest the product is not of high quality. Because the supplement market is unregulated it’s important to seek manufacturers who use quality ingredients along with good manufacturing practices.
Move your child’s nutritional pathway in the right direction by having them eat “real” living organic food and taking high quality vitamins. Empower yourself by keeping up with research and talk to your physician before adding nutritional and health supplements. Your child will thank you with the gift of good health.
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