Back to school already – 2 simple tips for keeping the kids and family happy and healthy without a lot of fuss.

Hard to believe that school is just about back in session and with that comes a busier schedule which can add to stress levels. Lunches need to be packed, homework completed, for the young ones, transition from being home to being put into a social setting.

To help combat the stress and help boost the immune system, try adding these two items to your daily routine:

TIP #1: Living Fuel Smoothie:

What a great way to start the day!
Living Fuel is a nutrition superfood that is balanced and nutrient-dense with a low glycemic response. The most important scientific considerations for optimal nutrition are to have the right macro nutrient (proteins, fats, low-glycemic carbohydrates) balance and maximum nutrient density covering the spectrum of the body’s requirements, combined with a low glycemic response (avoiding sugars and things that cause your blood sugar to rise quickly and minimizing insulin response). The LivingFuel Superfood program is a low calorie, nutrient-dense diet that delivers everything the body needs in a low glycemic restricted calorie format. It is that scientific approach that has made Living Fuel the Leader in Superfood Nutrition!

An easy shake each morning gives your children and family vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, probiotics, super green foods and fiber – all in delicious flavors. You can mix with water, juice, milk or add additional fruit.

Liquid Nutrition vs. Solid Foods

It may come as a surprise that in stressful situations like back to school or just the daily stresses of life the right liquid nutrition is preferable to solid foods. Solid foods actually can compete with optimal performance. Obtaining nutrients in a liquid form allows the digestive system to absorb them directly into your bloodstream. Hence, we see the world’s top endurance athletes consume a liquid diet during training and competition. Not only does a liquid diet save time, but it also prevents feeling full or bloated while being active.

Are Smoothies The Answer?

Don’t give up just yet, there is a liquid nutrition solution that is both simple to make and cost effective. Smoothies can be made with whole fruits and vegetables and provide a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Thanks to a higher fiber content, smoothies provide a sustained release of nutrients over time. By helping you feel fuller longer, smoothies are an acceptable choice for breakfast or lunch. Unfortunately, traditional smoothies contain far too much sugar and are deficient in protein and both macro and micro-nutrients.

A Healthy Alternative to Traditional Smoothies and Juices

LivingFuel SuperSmoothies provide the most powerful way to experience proper nutrition. These smoothies use a formula called the “Four Corners of Superfood Nutrition,” which includes calorie restriction, a low-glycemic diet, a high-antioxidant diet, and the use of healthy fats.

Living Fuel is available at Hoye’s Pharmacy. For more information, check out www.livingfuel.com

TIP #2: B-Complex Vitamin

A B complex vitamin is a vitamin that contains eight water-soluble B vitamins and may be helpful for increasing energy and balancing stress. Vitamin B Complex includes the following eight B vitamins:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide, sometimes also known as vitamin PP)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, or pyridoxamine, or pyridoxine hydrochloride)
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin)
  • Vitamin B8 (inositol)
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
  • Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)

A B-complex is essential for energy. Scientists know that B vitamins are part of many important bodily functions:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) help the body produce energy and affect enzymes that influence the muscles, nerves, and heart.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) has a role in energy production in cells and helps keep the skin, nervous system, and digestive system healthy.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) influences normal growth and development.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps the body break down protein and helps maintain the health of red blood cells, the nervous system, and parts of the immune system.
  • Vitamin B7 (biotin) helps break down protein and carbohydrates and helps the body make hormones.
  • Vitamin B9 (folic acid) helps the cells in the body make and maintain DNA and is important in the production of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) plays a role in the body’s growth and development. It also has a part in producing blood cells, nervous system function, and how the body uses folic acid and carbohydrates.

Should you take a B-complex?

Deficiency of certain B vitamins can cause anemia, tiredness, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, depression, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, muscle cramps, respiratory infections, hair loss, eczema, poor growth in children, and birth defects. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to add a B-complex to your daily vitamin routine.

Nutritionists maintain that a balanced diet that includes 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, gives most people all the B vitamins they need. The problem is many people are eating more processed, convenient junk foods (including children) and are not getting the nutrients they need from food. Also, the food supply has become less organic and clean, thus compromising the nutrient levels in our foods.

The following are the food sources of B vitamins:

  • B1 and B2 are found in cereals and whole grains. B1 is also found in potatoes, pork, seafood, liver, and kidney beans. B2 is found in enriched bread, dairy products, liver, and green leafy vegetables.
  • B3 is found in liver, fish, chicken, lean red meat, nuts, whole grains, and dried beans.
  • B5 is found in almost all foods.
  • B6 is found in fish, liver, pork, chicken, potatoes, wheat germ, bananas, and dried beans.
  • B7 is made by intestinal bacteria and is also in peanuts, liver, egg yolks, bananas, mushrooms, watermelon, and grapefruit.
  • B9 is in green leafy vegetables, liver, citrus fruits, mushrooms, nuts, peas, dried beans, and wheat bread.
  • B12 is found in eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish, milk, and milk products.

With proper diet, you may be getting enough B complex. However, if you are experiencing the above deficiency signs, you may wish to add a Vitamin B complex. B -complex is usually available in pill form and one tablet or capsule a day usually meets most peoples needs. Many multi-vitamins also contain a B-complex. Dosages will vary by manufacturer.

Visit Hoye’s Pharmacy today and we’ll help you decide if you need an additional B-complex. Bring in your current multi-vitamin and we’ll take a look!