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Keep your kids happy, healthy and energised with these natural energy boosts


Posted: 16 August 2011
by Holland and Barrett

Fresh fruit and vegetables can be used as an energy boosting snack

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Fresh fruit and vegetables

Fresh fruit is a great option for an energy boosting snack. The vitamins and fructose levels in found in fruit provide natural energy, while the vitamin C found in fruits such as oranges can help to fight feelings of fatigue. Give your children grapes, bananas, pineapples and apples, as these are all suppliers of electrolytes, fructose and vitamins, which the body uses for energy. When it comes to vegetables, the more colourful the better, as these tend to be choc-full of energy-boosting nutrients.

Manuka honey

The natural fruit sugars found in honey are believed to play a key role in fighting fatigue and, as it can be quickly absorbed by the body, can provide an instant energy boost [1]. In particular, a blend of honey from New Zealand, known as manuka honey, has become a popular choice for those looking to naturally improve their energy levels.

Exercise

Regular exercise is essential for children. Not only will improved physical fitness help to increase energy levels, but it can also build confidence and improve memory. There are two types of exercise that your children should engage in: aerobics; and vital energy exercise. Aerobics involves stretching exercises and strength training and can be made into a fun activity with your children's favourite songs. Vital energy exercise includes routines such as yoga. Yoga can help your child to learn how their body works whilst promoting a greater sense of wellbeing.

Go outdoors

Not only does sunshine help the body to produce vitamin D (a key component in maintaining good health), but it also boosts levels of serotonin. Known as the 'happiness hormone,' serotonin can improve mood as well as help children to sleep at night. If they've had a good night's sleep, children are more likely to have increased levels of energy the next day. If you are unable to go outside, make sure you maximise natural daylight in the home.

Music

Put together a playlist of your kid’s favourite songs and play it when their energy levels start to flag. Music is believed to increase motivation and, as it synchronises the left and right side of the brain, it can heighten awareness and raise energy [1]. To help improve your child’s physical and mental state, make sure the songs are stimulating, or tunes that will get them on their feet and dancing.


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[1] Benefits of Honey, Health Benefits of Honey, http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/health-benefits-of-honey.html (2011)


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