Are your kids showing signs of nutrient deficiencies?

Are your kids showing signs of nutrient deficiencies?

Nutrition is essential for your children’s overall health, growth and development, yet we all know how difficult it can be to ensure your children reach their optimum levels through their diet.With busy schedules, picky eating habits, and an abundance of processed foods, it's no wonder you might be worrying about whether your kids are getting all the nutrients they need to thrive!
It’s essential to be aware of the signs and take proactive steps to address any deficiencies that they might have.If you spot some of these deficiencies and you’re getting tired of forcing your kiddos to eat their full plate at the dinner table or tired of finding new ways to sneak their veggies in to their meals, trust us, you’re not alone! We have some great alternatives for you to try instead.

Top Signs of Nutrient Deficiencies in Children

  1. Poor Growth - Slow or stunted growth can be a sign of various nutrient deficiencies, including protein, vitamins, and minerals essential for bone and muscle development. These specifically may include iron, b-vitamins, zinc, vitamin A and calcium.
  2. Weak Immune System - Children who frequently get sick or take longer to recover from illnesses may lack essential vitamins like vitamin C, D, and zinc, which play a crucial role in supporting the immune system. Probiotics can also be another option to strengthen their immunity if they have some gut imbalances.

  3. Fatigue and Low Energy - If your child seems constantly tired or lacks energy, they may be deficient in nutrients like iron, B vitamins, or magnesium, which are essential for energy production.

  4. Poor Concentration and Cognitive Function - Nutrient deficiencies, particularly in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and certain vitamins, can affect cognitive function, attention span, and academic performance!

  5. Skin, Hair, and Nail Issues - Dry, flaky skin, brittle hair, and weak nails can indicate deficiencies in essential fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, as well as minerals like zinc and selenium.

  6. Mood Swings and Behavioural Problems - Nutrient imbalances, such as low levels of omega-3 fatty acids or B vitamins, can contribute to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and even behavioural disorders.

  7. Sleep problems - While nutrient deficiencies can contribute to poor sleep quality in children, it's essential to consider other factors that may affect sleep, such as bedtime routines, screen time, stress, and environmental factors. However nutritionally, it can be a sign of low magnesium, calcium, vitamin D or Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Kids - Supplement Starter Kit!

Not sure which supplements to start with? Visit us in-store and speak to one of our friendly practitioners to help you find the right options for your kids. Below are some of our favourite brands that stock a wide range of nutrients for children and are very popular with many of our parents.
Kids EPA & DHA (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
One of our favourite kids fish oils, this one is made from 100% wild Arctic cod and sustainably-sourced in Norway. Not only does this provide an abundance of natural Omega-3’s, but it is also a naturally occurring source of Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which are essential for overall health, cognition, focus and development - allowing you to hit two birds with one stone!
Our #1 Children’s Probiotic
This one is scientifically formulated for infant growth, development, immunity & wellbeing, and is safe for 0 years +. It is super easy to mix into baby food, or yummy snacks for your toddler or children. A healthy gut is essential at all stages of life, and if your kids aren’t a fan of fermented foods like sauerkrauts and kefirs, then this is a great alternative.
Iron Immunity - Made by a Local Mother!
I’m nutrients has to be one of our favourite kids supplements brands as it was founded by a mum in 2017 after never being able to find the perfect nutrient combinations for her children’s needs. This Iron Immunity supplement is the perfect blend to prevent dietary deficiency of Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin C and necessary co-factors. If you’re looking for a kid’s iron - this is it!
Herbs of Gold - Children’s Supplements
Herbs of Gold make a variety of kids supplements ranging from Magnesium, Fish oils,  Immune Support and Multi-vitamins. These are extremely popular as they are chewable and taste great, making it easier for your kids to get them down. Whether you’re looking for a daily multi, or some magnesium, these are a great option for you.
Whole Earth & Sea Kids Multi
If you prefer more whole food supplements, then Whole Earth & Sea is the brand for you. Each chewable tablet contains therapeutic amounts of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are semi-derived from fresh raw plants, whole sea vegetables, cruciferous sprouts, fruits and herbs, grown in certified organic, non-GMO farms. These honestly taste delicious, and are a great multi-vitamin option to help fill the gaps in your children’s nutrition.
Protein: Thriving Family
Protein is an absolute non negotiable for healthy growing kids, but can be hard to get into their diet to reach their daily requirements. Thriving Family is a plant based protein powder with over 15g per serve and contains only natural wholefood ingredients, including prebiotics, probiotics, calcium, iron, selenium, vitamins C, E, folate and other B vitamins to support optimal health and wellbeing. This can be a great option to mix into desserts, breakfast porridge or drinks for an added boost!