Something our contributor, Sophie mentioned in her recent post about finding your inner-happy, was the benefits of taking a daily vitamin. Besides giving you a nutritional kick, they can also be a great way to increase energy levels and ward off the odd seasonal bug or two.
It’s a hot debate amongst nutritionists whether supplements are necessary, especially if your family has a healthy diet. However, if you source the correct ones, there’s no harm in making sure you fill in the gaps where your nutritional intake might not be as strong. Especially for busy mums who might be in the habit of grabbing quick bites on the go.
When it comes to vitamins for children it’s recommended that, “All babies and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D, in the form of vitamin drops.”
A great way to remember to take your supplements is to set a reminder on your phone first thing in the morning and to keep them in a spot where you can see them (i.e not tucked away at the back of a cupboard behind the mugs). We find mornings are best, as they help kick the day off on a healthy note! Below are some of our current favourite family supplements…
Probiotics are basically “good” bacteria that helps fight off any “bad” bacteria in your body, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems. The Beauty Chef’s Cleanse Inner Beauty Powder is a comprehensive super-greens supplement designed to help detox and purify your body on the inside.
“The alkalising blend features 45 certified organic and bio-fermented fruits, vegetables, seeds, roots, algae, grasses, plant fibre, purifying herbs and digestive enzymes. The result is a broad-spectrum, natural probiotic that supports the cleansing of your liver and internal organs, which in turn promotes healthy, radiant skin.”
A budget friendly vitamin! For us mothers, it’s important to choose a multi-vitamin that is catered towards women, as we simply have different nutritional needs to men. For any dads reading, don’t worry, you can find your own supplement here. Centrum Women was developed with adjusted levels of key nutrients to support the specific nutritional needs of adult women, including key nutrients Iron & Folic Acid.
If you’re willing to spend more, The Organic Pharmacy’s complete nutritional formula provides essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids, combined with organic extracts and superfoods for the ultimate all-in-one daily nutritional support.
See also their Phytonutriet Capsules – A multivitamin based entirely on superfoods, food nutrients and digestive enzymes. Supplies all nutrients to support optimum health of skin, hair, nails and digestion.
Ok, this one might be more for vanity reasons… This Collagen Concentrate from The Beauty Chef gives you a daily shot of extra nutritional support designed to increase the skin’s production of collagen and promote a radiant, naturally plumped complexion from the inside out. Your skin will thank you for it!
When you’re feeling run down and sluggish, Floradix can be a healthy way to boost your energy levels. It contains, “an easily assimilated form of organic iron, extracts of carefully selected herbs, fruit juices and vitamins c and b complex. It helps to utilise food sources and has an important role in the maintenance of normal health and vitality. Floradix is especially suitable for women ( including expectant and nursing mothers).”
For Babies & Kids
This multi-vitamin drop is a carefully balanced formula that combine 9 essential vitamins to help maintain your child’s healthy growth. Natures Aid Natures Aid Multi-vitamin drops are designed for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.
Contains 19 essential vitamins and minerals – Three delicious fruity flavours with fun-shaped characters – Especially great for fussy eaters to support their daily diet – Free from added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Children aged 3 and over.
Floradix liquid Multivitamin For Kids
If your children prefer liquid formulas, Floradix is a great alternative to chewy vitamins. It contains essential vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E together with Calcium for strong bones and teeth. Formulated particularly for children, Kindervital Fruity Formula is suitable for children from 3 years of age and can be taken throughout childhood and by teenagers.
The body cannot produce omega-3 or 6 on its own, therefore taking fish oil helps support many of the body’s processes for overall health and well-being, including: brain function, eyesight, correct levels of inflammation in the body and contributes towards maintaining heart health. Natural lemon flavouring – Adult daily dose 5ml (1 tsp) per day, 1/2 teaspoon for children under 12.
*Always consult with a doctor before starting a new supplement routine, especially while pregnant, taking other medications or if you have an existing condition.