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Fatherhood & the Challenge of Time

October 24, 2019
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I’ve looked forward to being a dad for a long time. Even while I was still in college, I remember someone telling me I have a father spirit. That stuck with me, hoping that one day I would get to be a dad. I studied developmental psychology because I have always enjoyed understanding how a person grows and matures. My summer jobs were always in daycares because I like mentoring. Perfect transition into fatherhood, right? Not really! I realize now…

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Back to School Immune Health for Kids

September 3, 2019
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The September back-to-school period invokes a unique blend of feelings for both parents and children: excitement, anticipation, and butterflies, with novelty, planning, and growth all in the mix. More time indoors, crowded rooms of kids, and cooler weather can also present challenges to our immune systems though. The first two weeks back to school in September often involve a spike in colds/upper respiratory tract infections1. The infection rate can increase by six times the usual rate as germs spread. Back…

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Back-to-School Done Right with These 4 Children’s Products

August 27, 2019
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It’s back-to-school season—that time summer-loving children dread and worn-out parents look forward to. (Are we right?) You’ve probably already shopped for pencils, composition books, backpacks, lunch boxes, and new sneakers, but how about back-to-school supplements? Just like adults, kids need to be in tip-top shape to do their best work and be their best selves. Now’s the time to stock up on a few medicine cabinet staples to keep your kiddo healthy this school year. Elderberry Sometimes the sniffles start…

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Pregnancy & Iron’s Importance in Every Stage

August 13, 2019
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You need one gram of iron to grow a baby. That’s the iron equivalent of 177 steaks! [1] When it comes to pre-pregnancy planning, our primary focus is usually making sure we’re getting enough folic acid to prevent complications… but it looks like we need to add iron to the list. Iron plays a very important role in pregnancy. A low-grade or undetected deficiency can interfere with a healthy pregnancy and may even affect future pregnancies. Iron helps deliver oxygen…

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Family Recipes

Sunburn ‘Sicles: Red Beet Ice Pops

August 1, 2019
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For the kids and the kids at heart, try this electrolyte replenishing, oxygenating ice pop post-play. I’m fairly certain it’s well known that when we engage in physical activity, we lose important electrolyte minerals through sweat and exertion. To restore that fluid balance and help our muscles recover from exercise, beverages that contain these electrolytes are extremely important. Where do we get these electrolytes if not from Gatorade? Of course, filtered water should contain trace minerals that allow us to…

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Trail Mix That’s School-Safe & Nut-Free

July 25, 2019
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This trail mix has kid-pleasing ingredients that are safe for school, daycare, and activities that do not allow peanuts or tree nuts. It is a well-balanced snack, offering a healthy dose of protein and complex carbs—the kind that supply significant energy and fiber—plus some filling fats. With flavors and textures kids will love (including their new favorite, Baobites) it is sure to be a hit. It is also made with moms in mind: rich in electrolyte minerals and antioxidants, contains…

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Frozen Yogurt Bark Recipe

July 18, 2019
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Frozen yogurt bark is a nutritious and delicious family-friendly summer treat. It’s super simple to prepare and can be made with dairy or non-dairy yogurt and your choice of toppings. I made my frozen yogurt bark a pretty pink using my favorite Salus Red Beet Crystals. It was a hit with my whole family! I generally recommend using a higher fat yogurt (I use anything from 2% to 8%) so your dessert is creamy and luscious instead of icy. I also like…

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3 Ways a Multivitamin Can Help Your Kid at School

July 10, 2019
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Most people take a multivitamin for the same reason: to fill in the gaps in their diet. That’s why we give our kids multis; while our diets aren’t perfect, theirs are worse. But did you know that giving your child a well-crafted multivitamin can offer concrete benefits too? Turns out, a daily multi helps your child in school in three important ways. A is for Attendance School can sometimes seem like a swap meet for the sniffles, especially in preschool…

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Ready to Hike? A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way

July 2, 2019
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The weather is warm, the earth is green again (finally!), and you can’t wait to get out into it. We know what you’re thinking: A hike will be perfect! You’ll be in the great outdoors, enjoying the company of friends and family or some blessed solitude. If you’re a parent, you’ll pry your kids from their screens for a day and help them appreciate the glory of nature, and you’ll all get some exercise to boot (pun most definitely intended)….

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3 Ways DHA Helps Kids: A Review of the Latest Research

June 28, 2019

A new school year is just around the corner. For some kids (and almost all adults) this is a happy occasion. Other kids struggle more in school and may not be as excited to board that big yellow bus again. If only there was something that could help your kiddo pay attention and think better! Good news, parental units: according to two new studies, that something is omega-3 fatty acids like DHA. If you’re expecting a little one, there’s even…

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