Multivitamins are an insurance policy for your health! And having one that works for the whole family is key in these busy times.
As parents, we want to make sure that our whole family is getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for healthy functioning. While we’d like this to first come from the food we eat, sometimes we have picky eaters or nutrition just falls short! And it’s important to have a back-up plan in place!
The best nutrition comes from a diet that is full of plant foods. When we are able to eat a nutrient-rich and colourful diet, we’re in pretty good shape! We’re getting antioxidants from red and purple plants, prebiotics and probiotics from fibrous and fermented foods, and our vitamins A, B, C, and D from dark leafy greens, legumes, cruciferous vegetables, and whole grains. There are so many ways to combine whole foods to make delicious and nutritious meals!
But things don’t always go according to plan, do they?
There are a number of reasons why nutrition might fall short. Whether it’s because we are going through times of stress or a busy schedule is leaving us with less time to prepare healthy home cooked meals, getting all the necessary nutrients for healthy functioning can be challenging! Depleted soil conditions in our environment are also having an impact on the nutrients we get from produce.
The Effects of Stress
Stress puts greater demands on the body. When we’re stressed, our body uses up a lot of B vitamins! B vitamins are often called “anti-stress” vitamins. They help us to maintain a healthy stress response and support a balanced mood. They contribute to the necessary biochemical reactions of our immune system and help us to avoid illness, especially during our most challenging times!
Vitamin B: On a day-to-day basis, our B vitamins are also vital energy convertors! They support the body’s ability to convert foods, like carbohydrates, into fuel. Without adequate B vitamin intake, in the form of foods like spinach, avocado, brown rice, tofu, and eggs, we lack energy and suffer more in the face of stress.
Due to heavy crop rotation and pesticide use, our fresh produce can lack a lot of the nutritional content it once had! Having depleted soil conditions yields vegetables unlike the ones your grandmother ate.
Fast food can be a quick solution and sometimes REALLY hits the spot. (Did someone say soccer practice, board meeting and preparing for tomorrow’s bake sale?) But when we are repeatedly opting for fast food, our bodies quickly become depleted of necessary resources.
Veggies & Protein: Fast-food options often contain a lot of carbohydrates and fat, and fewer vegetables and protein. This isn’t the recipe for sustaining busy bees! What we need when we’re on the go is protein-rich and satiating snacks. Slower burning energy sources (healthy fats and proteins) keep us full and energized longer, and help us to avoid mid-afternoon temptations of quick-fixes, caffeine and sugar.
Multivitamins to the Rescue!
While convenience is important, our health is even more so! But setting up a multivitamin insurance policy doesn’t have to be hard. Health First’s Family First Chewable Multi has been created with your busy family in mind! It’s suitable for the kids, adults AND seniors in your life, making it one policy that covers the whole fam!
The Family First Multi is a highly absorbable formula that contains B vitamins in their most active forms, plant-sourced minerals including Aquamin™ calcium and magnesium, and a buffered form of vitamin C that is gentler on teeth and tummies! It comes in a natural orange flavour with clean sweeteners, xylitol and monk fruit, and is supported with real fruit and vegetable extracts like mango, kiwi, broccoli, and spinach.
Getting all essential nutrients keeps everyone healthy and happy. Putting them in one delicious multi for the whole family helps to make parents’ jobs just a little bit easier!