Nutritionally Inadequate:

What's a Parent to Do?


As parents, one of the most important things that we can do for our children is setting an example through our good nutritional habits. As the old adage goes, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Probiotics For Healthy Tummies

These days, it seems as though everyone is talking about probiotics and how they help maintain the health of the digestive and immune systems. Yogurt is a source of probiotics that most children enjoy. However, brands have a lot of added sugar and typically only deliver relatively small amounts of a single probiotic strain. In addition, some kids may be allergic to dairy.

One of doTERRA’s most recent dietary supplement offerings helps address the nutritional need for probiotics without the dairy, sugar, or unfamiliar taste of fermented foods. PB Assist® Jr is a powdered probiotic supplement designed with children in mind. It includes 5 billion live cells of a unique blend of six different probiotic strains, to support both digestive and immune health.* These probiotics have been blended into a delicious powder that can be poured directly into the mouth for a fun and tasty way to integrate probiotics into anyone’s daily routine.

Mother Nature’s Best Brain Food: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Healthy eating and obtaining adequate nutrition is important for healthy growth and development, including healthy brain function, concentration, and learning. Arguably, there are no more important nutrients for the healthy growth and function of the brain and nervous system than omega-3 fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). In fact, 60 percent of the brain is structural fat and DHA, which makes up more than 30 percent of gray matter (the information processing center of the brain). This gray matter structure is extremely important for signal transmissions in the brain, eyes, and nervous system. Unfortunately, the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids are often some of the most avoided by children: fish and seafood.

For kids who have distaste for fish and seafood, doTERRA IQ Mega® provides a great way to get the important benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, without the “fishy” taste so typical of other fish oil supplements. IQ Mega combines the fresh orange flavor of Wild Orange essential oil with 1,000 mg of concentrated omega-3 fatty acids (including 400 mg of brain supportive DHA), without concerns about mercury, contaminants, or fishy aftertaste. It can be taken straight by the teaspoonful, blended into fruit and vegetable smoothies, or added to other healthy beverages or foods.

Supplementation It Just Makes Sense

As parents, it is important that we set good nutritional examples. We all know the importance of eating healthy, well-balanced meals. But it is often difficult to put anything on the dinner table, let alone making sure that every meal is nutritionally sound. This is why supplementation just simply makes sense.

Of course, getting nutrients from a healthy, well-balanced diet should continue to be strived for. But the reality is that most children simply do not eat as well as they should. Supplementation offers an affordable and convenient way to fill nutrient gaps. Great tasting, convenient, easy-to-use supplements like doTERRA a2z Chewable, IQ Mega, and PB Assist Jr help to fill these gaps and promote a foundation for lifelong health and vitality.

ABC’s of Kids Supplements

  • Always consult your child’s pediatrician before giving your child any dietary supplement.
  • Be on the lookout for products that have been specifically formulated with children in mind (e.g. doTERRA a2z Chewable, IQ Mega, and PB Assist Jr).
  • Carefully read and follow the instructions on the product label and keep all supplements out of the reach of children.

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