Good nutrition should always come from food first but sometimes out bodies need a boost – especially if you have a compromised immune system, food intolerances or your children are picky eaters.
Clinical Nutritionist Suzie Sawyer suggests: “A good quality multinutrient supplement for all life stages like Alive! is an easy way to top up your vitamins and minerals, while you can begin to rebalance your gut microbiota with a probiotic, such as Nature’s Way Fortify Friendly Bacteria Gummies which contain Bacillus coagulans. Aim to eat at least five to seven fruit and vegetable servings a day and choose fish, eggs and pulses over processed meat products.”
Suzie recommends eating a daily "rainbow" as well as taking a Vitamin D supplement which we should all be taking. We should need to make sure we have an adequate intake of Vitamin C, iron, folate and B12. Food should always be the first source for these but supplements will plug any gaps.
We need to encourage our children to grow fruit and vegetables – even growing in pots can educate and inspire kids to be more adventurous with food and it's a great prelude to teaching them to cook their produce. Most of us are more receptive to new tastes and textures if we know what has gone into the "pot".
Another way is to involve kids in choosing the fruits and vegetable. Get them into the habit of working out what will go into their daily "rainbow" – for example orange peppers or satsumas, peas or broccoli, tomatoes or cherries and so on. Having a choice gives children an element of control and will lead to good nutrition.
However we all know that there are times when our bodies need a boost. This is especially so if you are suffering from long Covid, are undergoing certain medical treatments like chemotherapy or are pregnant or peri-menopausal.
Alive! has a wide range of supplements tailored to meet every need for women, men and children. We have found the gummies are particularly successful in our family. So whatever your age or stage in life there is something to improve and boost your immune system.
You can read our article on why you may not be meeting your nutrient needs here.
Alive! products are available online from Nature's Way and from health food shops and pharmacies.