Looking for the best multivitamins for your family? Here’s some natural supplements that we have tested.
This is a SPONSORED POST written by me on behalf of iHerb. All opinions are 100% mine.
Like most parents, I find myself worrying about my family’s health all the time. I prefer boosting my children’s immunity naturally and we always take extra precautions but kids be kids, infections happen.
Having said that, you can imagine my dismay when my youngest fell sick a few weeks ago. 🙁
But then, a few days later… I caught her bug.
On a normal day, I’d be running around making sure everyone’s needs are met. Usually, I can take care of my sick child all night and then still be fine the next morning. Crafting with kids, doing homework, baking cupcakes for the class party… yes sire, bring it on, no problem!
But that is when I am well enough to do it all.
That day, I wasn’t well. I couldn’t get up in the morning. My head hurt, I was dizzy and there was no way I could have made breakfast and packed lunch for my three school going children.
That week, I learnt a very important lesson : When a mom falls sick, she puts her entire family at risk.
When a mother is too busy to take care of herself, she isn’t doing justice to either herself or her family.
With this in mind, I recently ordered some supplements and preventive medicines from iHerb for myself and my family.
Natural Supplements from iHerb
I first heard of iHerb from my real-food loving friends. They were using it for their families to order products that were not available locally. There was always a good discussion about how effective their products were. I felt I had to check it out myself!
iHerb is one of the largest international supplier of herbal products online. They have almost 1200 brands with over 35,000 natural products at 30-40% less rate. They ship to 160 countries and their customer service supports 10 languages! You can place your order online, in whichever currency you choose and your shipment arrives in just a few days.
I found them very easy to work with. When you place an order they show you all the available shipping options to your country and how much they will cost you. They also have frequent offers and free shipping that can help you save a lot.
Recently, I was presented with the opportunity to review their products. I took it up quickly to find the best supplements that can help my family’s overall health.
The Supplements that I usually came across in our drug stores contain added preservatives, are chemically derived and contain allergy-causing agents. I was looking for 100% herbal vitamins and supplements for my family. Something that was derived from just fruits and vegetables and may be easy on their tummy but at the same time I wanted it to be economical and easily available for me to stock.
The iHerb products that I chose were all these and more. So here are the supplements that I ordered, plus my tips for keeping your family healthy using them.
MultiVitamins for the Family:
Now that schools have started, not just kids but their moms and dads too hurry through the most important meal of the day.
Starting the day with a good breakfast helps increase your immunity to diseases as well as give you enough energy for your daily activities. But from picky eating to stressful mornings, children or adults just don’t get their complete share of nutrients at all. The lack of essential vitamins, means our body will see the effect of external factors like stress and weather.
For this reason, I make sure my family is taking their daily vitamins with their food.
I ordered these fun Gummy vitamins that are 100% herbal and derived from just fruits and vegetables. They are gluten, wheat, egg, soya and artificial preservatives free. They come in an unbreakable tamper proof bottle. My children loved these grape, orange and cherry flavored candies!
For myself, I ordered the Alive! Vitamins for Women that are designed specially for us moms. Alive vitamins are also available for men.
Natural Probiotics for family:
The best way to prevent infection, is to take the help of our own natural defenses. 70% of our good bacteria lives in our intestines. Due to stress and incomplete nutrition, those helpful bugs decrease in number.
Probiotics help replenish your natural flora after an infection and while taking antibiotics. Just a spoonful everyday can help you sleep better.
So, in order to aid my family’s natural defenses, I have ordered the Nature Ways, Reuteri Superior Probiotic supplement. It is tasteless and very easy to use . Just add a spoonful to your juice, cold food, yoghurt or apple sauce.
Best Calcium Supplement:
I broke my finger a few months ago while closing a door in a hurry. No, my finger didn’t get stuck in the door… it just broke due to the impact of my hand striking the door while I caught the handle.
I know… strange.
We moms don’t realize how easily we lose calcium. With 4 children in 7 years, feeding them and running after them, I had been loosing my calcium and not really replenishing it. Although doctors routinely prescribe calcium in pregnancies, I hated it. They gave me indigestion and I didn’t feel any different while taking them. So I didn’t take them regularly.
The Alive! Calcium from Nature’s Way is 100% herbal and derived from red algae seaweed, spinach and kale. It has magnesium and zinc added for easy absorption. I could feel the difference in less than a week of taking it!
Supplements for colds and infections:
We are a huge fan of using natural products for colds. Echinacea is the natural antibiotic that has been used for centuries before antibiotics were discovered. A few drops of this extract can help your immune system be ready to fight cold and flu. I had heard about it for long and had wanted to try it.
My youngest has had a runny nose almost ever since school started two months ago. I gave 0.5ml of this tincture in a glass of water morning and evening and like magic, it worked!
I tried it on my 10 year old who suffers from seasonal headaches and it worked again. He was really relieved that it cured his headache.
I hope you can try these natural supplements for your family too.We cannot avoid infections completely but a little prevention is better than cure. With just a little tweak to our lifestyle we can keep our family healthy and yes, by using just natural products!