Nutrition plays a BIG role in achieving a positive back-to-school experience for your child.
We all want our children and grandchildren to succeed in life. This includes doing well in school.
School can be a challenging place, and sometimes, it’s not easy for kids. Being able to pay attention, mastering math or English concepts, having positive behaviors and interactions with others—all these tasks can make going back to school tough for the child, as well as for parents and teachers.
But Here’s a Piece of Good News: The food kids eat can play a huge role in their performance at school. This includes both in behavior and in academics.
The Link between Nutrition and Behavior
Statistics show less than 50% of children on a daily basis consume the RDA recommended number of servings in any food group, and nearly 80% do not eat the recommended level of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables! What’s more, only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis in modeling healthy behaviors for their children.
Obesity in kids has reached epidemic levels. One in 3 children today are overweight or obese. Other studies show 20 to 40% of children are physically unfit.
The American Journal of Psychiatry reported that children who experience malnutrition exhibit strikingly increased behavioral disorders and aggressive behavior as they grow older. The study looked at children between 8 and 17 years of age, and it found disturbing evidence that children who suffered certain nutritional deficiencies demonstrated a shocking 41% increase in aggression by age 8.
At age 17, they demonstrated a 51% increase in violent and antisocial behavior. The food they were eating and the nutrients they were missing were critical factors. According to another study conducted by the University of Southern California**, poor nutrition in the early years leads to low IQ and antisocial behavior that may continue into later life.
Forming Healthy Eating Habits at Home & at School
The good news is numerous clinical investigations and studies show that proper nutrition can help children develop to their highest potential. This includes grades in school, focus and attention, self-image, immune function and balanced energy.
Providing kids with healthy food choices is always the first step. Bountiful and colorful fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy options, 100% whole grain breads and lean meat selections are the best. Cutting them into fun shapes or preparing them into creative dishes always helps, too.
Be sure to keep the sugar sodas, sweetened fruit juices and sweet treats at a small and limited amount for your kids. They provide useless calories, promote weight gain and tooth decay, as well as unhealthy energy spikes and may cause behavioral issues.
Nutritional Supplements for Kids
It can be hard to fit in the 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables that children should be consuming every day. That’s where nutritional supplements can help.
Eniva Health provides a great-tasting liquid multi-mineral, multi-vitamin supplement, KIDS VIBE. This supplement provides a balanced blend of essential nutrients infused with fruit and vegetable components, amino acids and other antioxidant ingredients for a solid nutritional foundation health.
All in an easy-to-swallow liquid form that can be easily added to water, or a healthy juice or smoothie.
Addition Benefits to KIDS VIBE
- Contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, fish ingredients or stimulants
- No sugary or sticky dummies to potentially compromise young teeth
Children needing support for healthy attention or other behaviors may benefit greatly by Omega-3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) in their diet. Eniva Health’s EFACOR Omega-3 fish oil provides a “non-fishy” tasting, pure and safe fish oil in a chewable softgel—kids actually report liking the lemony taste.
Children also need proper levels of Vitamin D to support proper bone and growth development, good vision, healthy brains and a strong immune system. Eniva Health’s Vitamin D3 liquid supplement conveniently gives them this important nutrient.
Finally, tummies need balance, too! The all-important flora in a child’s gut can greatly impact their digestive function, immune system and overall emotional state. A stomach that is not feeling well leads to a child that is not at their emotional best. Eniva Health’s Probiotic+ is an ideal choice for supplementing when kids may need extra support, especially after going an antibiotic.
Kickstart the School Year with Eniva Health
Our kids are a treasure. They represent the future and possess the potential to change the world for the better. Studies show most children need a little help in getting adequate nutrition.
Let’s help give them the nutritional support to grow toward goodness! Browse our products online to find the nutritional supplements your children need to perform their best at school and in life.
USDA, Nutritional Intake Summaries Data
NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, US CDC)
Am J Psychiatry 2005; 2015 (full reference on file at Eniva Health)
USC Social Science Research Institute, 2004
CDC 2014; CDC 2017