Archive for ‘Vitamins! Minerals!’

February 19, 2013

Let’s Talk Chlorophyll

by Misty

chlorophyll hero

I don’t know what took me so long, but I am an official convert to chlorophyll. Yes, it’s the stuff that makes green vegetables green and thus it’s completely amazing for you. It all started when we found out that my daughter’s colon was so inflamed she was experiencing all the symptoms of colitis at the age of five. In addition to the well-advised supplements prescribed by our doctor, I did a ton of research on my own and found out that chlorophyll is amazing for not only colitis sufferers, but for pretty much everyone with blood running through their veins. Why is that? Because it literally cleans your blood by helping to chelate heavy metals and it stimulates red blood cells to improve your oxygen supply.  

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January 11, 2012

Let’s Talk Vitamin B12

by Misty

A noncommittal meat-eater for most of my life, I have been on the receiving end of the Vitamin B12 speech more times than I can count. In my vegan youth, I ate fortified grain cereals for my daily dose. As a vegetarian a few years later, I fell back on cheese, yogurt and milk. Fast forward to today and I am the master chef in a gluten-free, dairy-free household. A chef who, inconveniently, feels a bit woozy every time I touch uncooked meat. But that’s another story for another day. Today, we are talking about getting enough Vitamin B12 on the GFCF diet. And while we do believe in taking supplements, we believe even more in the ability of natural foods to promote healing and maintain health. So we did some research and discovered what all the Vitamin B12 fuss is about.  

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January 4, 2012

Let’s Talk Copper

by Misty

I can honestly say I have never pondered the nutritional value of copper before, but a recent homemade Nutella recipe had me reading the label on a bag of hazelnuts. As it happens, hazelnuts are an excellent source of copper, but why does it matter? Since my GFCF daughter was helping to make the Nutella, we figured this was a mystery we could solve together. Low and behold, copper is a bit of a heavyweight in the mineral world.

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December 14, 2011

Let’s Talk Zinc

by Misty

There’s no better time to consider the powers of zinc than during the fast-approaching cold and flu season. Children only need between 3-8 milligrams of zinc per day* – good news for parents, since this mineral comes in some very kid-friendly foods.

Besides promote a healthy immune system, what else can we expect zinc to do for our children? Healing their wounds isn’t too shabby, nor is protecting their liver from chemical damage – a welcome attribute in our chemical-laden world. Zinc also plays an important role in the growth of reproductive organs and in prostate gland function. Here’s a fun fact: having enough zinc in the body means a more keen sense of taste and smell. That’s right, a zinc-deficient child could lose the most powerful senses they have to enjoy all those yummy foods in their GFCF lunchbox. To insure that doesn’t happen, be sure to fill your child up with some of the kid-friendly, zinc-filled foods below.

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December 7, 2011

Let’s Talk Calcium

by Misty

A big concern for parents of children on the gluten free, casein free diet is calcium. Getting enough of this essential mineral without that daily cheese stick or glass of milk requires some trial and error and a large dose of patience. It seems that replacing wheat bread for the gluten free variety doesn’t cause much friction, but getting a kid to replace a cup of dairy milk for watery rice milk or off-white almond milk can be much more challenging. Word to the wise: keep offering, but don’t force it. The transition may take a while, but eventually most children will accept a milk substitute.

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November 30, 2011

Let’s Talk Magnesium

by Misty

If you’ve ever searched for a kid’s multivitamin that has more than 5% of the daily allowance of magnesium, you know just how difficult this task can be. Fortunately, there are some good GFCF liquid supplements on the market, but GFCF Lunchbox believes in filling kids’ tummies with lots of magnesium-rich foods as well.

Why is magnesium so important in a child’s diet? For starters, it’s needed to generate new cells, activate B vitamins, form bones, and assist in calcium and potassium uptake. What’s more, magnesium is necessary to transmit nerve and muscle impulses, so it helps kids relax. One of the key roles of magnesium is to clot blood, which may not sound pretty, but it sure is nice when your kid falls down and gets an ouchie.

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November 15, 2011

Let’s Talk Iron

by Misty

Like many children on the GFCF diet, our kids are on a daily regimen of vitamin supplements. While giving them spoonfuls of bubble gum-flavored magnesium, lemon-flavored fish oil,  and bear-shaped gummies should make us feel secure that their nutritional needs are being met, we are always researching natural foods to add to their plates, snack bags and lunch boxes. So, as a supplement to your child’s supplements, GFCF Lunchbox is launching a series highlighting natural food sources of those vitamins and minerals that kids need most. True to our name, foods will be kid-friendly, simple to find, and of course, GFCF.

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