From magnesium to the imagination, these tips will help you keep your child as healthy as a jog in the park.
New research from the Universities of Sterling and Edinburgh has found that encouraging youngsters to complete a mile of activity every day can help boost fitness levels. As well as improving concentration and combating early signs of obesity. With the knowledge that just a mile or even 15 minutes a day can make a big difference, we’ve rounded up five other tips from the experts that can help boost your child’s health.
Give little tummies some TLC
Healthy gut, happy body. Our gut is often referred to as the body’s second brain. It’s teaming with billions of bacteria that help influence immunity, mood, digestion and even brainpower. To support your little one’s gut health, incorporate plenty of oats into their diet. Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains, “Unlike most other carbohydrates, oats reach the large intestine. When they get there they’re fermented by the friendly gut bacteria that live there and encourage their growth, acting as a prebiotic.” Try Nairn’s Fine Milled Oatcakes topped with banana and nut butter for a tasty prebiotic snack.
Exercise their imagination
Remember that when it comes to motivating your kids, they often prefer ‘activities’ over conventional exercise. Especially if it involves their friends or other kids of similar age. There are sporting clubs and community centres throughout the UK. They keep kids active after school and at weekends with exciting activities including rock climbing, horse riding and trampolinig.
Magnesium is a key mineral to help support the development of strong and healthy teeth, muscles and bones. As well as all round healthy development. “Think pumpkin seeds and almonds, leafy greens and oily fish. Or try a child friendly chewable supplement such as Natures Plus Animal Parade MagKids to help children get their daily does,” says Cassandra.
If green veggies cause tears and tantrums, mix up the vegetables you have a dinnertime. Try spiralising, roasting and grating a range of colourful vegetables to make them more enticing for little ones. “Eating a range of colourful vegetables ensures you’re getting a whole range of essential nutrients and vitamins in your meal,” adds Dr. Marilyn Glenville, Nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar.
If you regularly do yoga at home why not get the kids involved, or both start it together? Yoga can be great for getting kids active, increasing flexibility as their muscles develop and preparing them for bed. Maija Kivelä, yoga instructor at holistic wellness boutique, Maître of Thyme explains, “Yoga works on strength, flexibility, balance, agility, endurance, core and overall strength. Yoga also calms the nervous system, reveals the body’s habits and brings you back into your body, into yourself.”