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Saint Peters, MO 63376-6414

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Sunday: Closed

Nutrition Stop

Boost Your Kid's Immunity

It's mid-September, and the pediatrics office is filled with kids who have colds, strep throat, and ear infections.  Mothers show up complaining that every fall, their school-aged children fight off cold after cold.  However, when these colds lead to chronic ear infections, pneumonia, asthma attacks, or sinus infections, parents become frustrated.  Will boosting kid's immunity with a program of vitamins and minerals keep them healthier?  Are diseases in children really influenced by their nutrition?  These are questions that parents ask time and again.  Fortunately, the answer is a definite "yes."  Be sure to give your children a natural multivitamin with minerals supplement.  Here are some key foods for a healthier back-to-school season and winter:

 

Vitamin A and Beta Carotene:  Dairy, egg yolks, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, cantaloupe, apricots, mangoes, peaches, green leafy vegetables

B6:  Carrots, chicken, eggs, fish, meat, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, walnuts and wheat germ

B12:  Dairy products, eggs, meats, poultry, and seafood

Folic Acid (folic acid is easily destroyed by cooking):  Barley, brown rice, cheese, fortified cereals, green leafy vegetables, legumes, meats, milk, mushrooms, oranges, wheat germ, and whole wheat

Vitamin C:  Citrus fruits, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cantaloupe, mangoes, green peas, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, and sweet yellow peppers

Vitamin E:  Almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, brown rice, cornmeal, soybeans, egg yolks, and peanut butter

Calcium:  Almonds, broccoli, dairy products, salmon (with bones), seafood, soy products, tofu, and green leafy vegetables

Magnesium:  Dairy products, fish, meat, nuts, peanut butter, tofu, green vegetables, watermelon, and whole wheat

Selenium (dependent on the soil where food is grown or raised):  Tuna, shrimp, lobster, brown rice, egg yolks, sunflower seeds, meat, and grains

Zinc:  Beef, cheese, fish, lentils, oysters, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pork, turkey, wheat germ, and whole grain cereals

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  Fatty fish (such as mackerel, herring, salmon, and sardines), green leafy vegetables, canola oil, walnuts, flaxseed oil, flax seeds and fish oil