Vitamins/Supplements

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dadingym

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We were having a casual conversation at the office about vitamins/supplements. I have a guy I work with, who is a work out freak and asked if my DD(he knew DD did gymnastics) took supplements ie: pediasure, muscle milk. My response was a "HECK NO" she already takes a daily vitamin(flinstone kinda thing).

Got me to thinking though, if DD burns up so much energy at the gym, would this extra vitamin/supplement be a good thing????

Personally, I dont like the idea!

What are your thoughts? :confused:
 
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bogwoppit

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I am sure that a balanced diet and a daily multi vitamin is all that any growing child needs, including our gymnasts.

Special diets are just a bit too much for me.
 

ginnymac

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I agree, I think that a child with a well balanced diet should be fine!!
 

gymmomntc2e6

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I am also in the well balanced diet / vitamin group.

They may need more calories than their counterparts though. My DD eats a little very often. She is generally 'starving' every hour and a half. Not quite sure how she gets through school. She has reflux (which we did not know until she was 4) and takes med's for it now but I think that is why she only eats a little at a time.
 
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flippymonkeysmom

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I just try my best to do a balanced diet with my kids too - I try to get them to eat lots of fruits and veggies. The vitamins I give them are whole food based - we do the juice plus. I don't know if they are really any good - but I have noticed that they get sick less when they take those vs. flinstone type vitamins. I don't think I would ever load my kids up on those protein type things.
 
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msl529

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I don't think I would ever load my kids up on those protein type things.
Not only that, but anyone thinking about doing this should check w/ their child's MD first. Some of those are not safe for kids (especially those w/ any 'high/extra' levels of anything) and could damage their kidneys or worse!

I am a fan of a well-balanced diet and maybe a run-of-the-mill vitamin if you have a kid who refuses to eat veggies or fruit...:cool:
 

gymmom14

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My kids take a few....
Fish Oil, Vit. D, Calcium/Mag., Mulit vit.

We have a friend who is a Dr and these are his suggestions.

They are not great eaters, but love fruit.
 

Jamie

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There's no reason why a child cna't take cod liver oil and omega 3 - will be excellent for them.

Fir the older gymnasts who have suffered form injuries... starting maybe 16, glucosamine and chondritin is great of joints.

For us older lot, a tablespoon of black molasses and cider vinegar a day is also great
 

bogwoppit

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There's no reason why a child cna't take cod liver oil and omega 3 - will be excellent for them.

Fir the older gymnasts who have suffered form injuries... starting maybe 16, glucosamine and chondritin is great of joints.

For us older lot, a tablespoon of black molasses and cider vinegar a day is also great

Jamie,

I knew the moment I read your post that you are from Ireland. My grnadmother used to give us a spoonfull of cod liver oil and malt extract every day. I can still taste It!!!!!:eek:
 

angelturbo

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I am in the mult vitamin group. Although my little gymmie eats like a bird. but every couple hours is hungry again. A child in her class has extreme allergies, so they can have a snack in the morning like the other class do. She has the last time slot for lunch so it is 5 hours between breakfast and lunch. I hate for her to be so hungry during the day. It has to be a huge distraction. So with me and my husband working full time she needs to go to daycare after school and then right to practice so i need to make sure she is energized for practice but not too full.
 

all-aroundgirl

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Just a daily vitamen (Cooper Clinic for Kids vitamins are excellent source) and healthy meals is all a gymnast at her age really needs.
 

I-Heart-Beam

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There's no reason why a child cna't take cod liver oil and omega 3 - will be excellent for them.

Fir the older gymnasts who have suffered form injuries... starting maybe 16, glucosamine and chondritin is great of joints.

For us older lot, a tablespoon of black molasses and cider vinegar a day is also great
Mum haunts me (see what I did there! Halloween ;) )with the cod liver oil. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!
 

gym law mom

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We try the balanced diet which sometimes is more wishful planning than successful. So, the whole family takes Juice Plus which is not considered a vitamin or supplement by the FDA(its a food). At least I know she is getting some natural vitamins from that and as Flippy mentioned it does boost her immune system some.

All kids need some form of calcium---milk, yogurt---however you can get it in them.

Certainly avoid the "body building" shakes and foods---as another poster mentioned that stuff is not even meant for kids and can cause problems.
 

dadingym

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Thanks for all the suggestions, Cod Liver Oil though(YUCK) no thanks!. Anyway, I agree with all the parents and think that the DDs just need a good healthy diet and kid vitamins. :D
 
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