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Winter nutrition guide

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With the approaching colder winter weather and change in seasonal fruits and vegetables available in the UK it is easy to start neglecting healthy eating habits.  When winter days are cold and dark and you want to warm up fast, a bowl of cream soup or stew can certainly be appealing.

Our 4 step winter nutrition guide will help you to make the right choices in food and vitamins your body needs for the winter months.

Vitamin D3

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Vitamin D3 is important for good overall health and strong and healthy bones.  It’s also an important factor in making sure your muscles, heart, lungs and brain work well and that your body can fight infection.

Your body can make its own vitamin D3 from sunlight.  You can also get vitamin D3 from supplements and a very small amount comes from a few foods you eat.

The vitamin D3 that you get in your skin from sunlight, and the vitamin D3 from supplements, has to be changed by your body a number of times before it can be used.  Once it’s ready, your body uses it to manage the amount of calcium in your blood, bones and gut and to help cells all over your body to communicate properly.

Why take vitamins?

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Vitamins are present in low levels in our bodies, but essential to every aspect of our health, vitamins are substances our bodies cannot make.  Therefore, they must be obtained through diet.

Vitamins perform key functions:

  • Vitamin C builds immunity and connective tissue.
  • Vitamin A enhances immunity and helps growth.
  • B-vitamins are essential for energy.
  • Vitamin D strengthens bones.

We would die without vitamins and fall seriously ill when we don’t get the right amount.

While a balanced diet should provide our complete vitamin quota, nutritionists argue that modern life often leaves us depleted.

Fussy Eaters

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At proto-col we understand the importance of giving children a healthy, balanced diet, however we know that this can be quite a challenge if your child is a fussy eater.

If your child / children are fussy eaters you are not alone, with an estimated 1/3 of two year olds being classed as fussy eaters – which means they may refuse to eat foods, have a lack of interest in foods, eat very slowly or have a reduced appetite.

The good news is that this phase is something that children tend to naturally grow out of.  However this period of fussy eating can be very stressful for parents and turn into a battle of wills.