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  • Children these days are more active than ever. They now clock in more hours at school: studying all day, participating in extra-curricular activities, and learning how to socialize with their peers. This full-packed schedule could deplete the enthusiasm of even the liveliest child out there.  



    What could be the possible culprits of a child’s lack of vitality?


    1. He/She is not active

    Has your child not been hanging out with his/her playmates and would rather stay in lying on the couch or bed? When you find your child not being himself/herself lately and looking matamlay, take a pause and ask what’s going on.

    Possible reason: He/She may lack Iron in his/her system.


    2. He/She is stressed out

    Ever find your child being sakitin all of a sudden? He/She may be experiencing a LOT lately. The possible stressors could be your family going through a rough patch (emotional or financial), a spat with classmates in school, or schoolwork itself!


    Possible reason: He/She may not be getting enough doses of Vitamin C.


     3. He/She is always tired

    A child who’s laging pagod?  Something is amiss. If you get a report from his/her teacher that he/she has been dozing off in class rather than staying alert, or not focused enough on his/her lessons, then take heed.

    Possible reason: He/She might be Iron-deficient.


    4. He/She has not been eating nutritious meals

    Feeding a child something healthy should not be expensive. A serving of fried bangus or a piece of fried chicken with boiled spinach or adobong kangkong will give him/her the right amount of Iron. To get Zinc into his/her body, a meal of egg, half-cup of munggo or fried pork chop will do. For sources of Vitamin C, calamansi, mango, and oranges as snacks are great too.

    Possible reason: He/She may be deprived of Zinc.

    Micronutrients* are dietary components, often referred to as vitamins and minerals, which, although only required by the body in small amounts, are vital to development, disease prevention, and well-being. Micronutrients are not produced in the body and must be derived from the diet.1


    Deficiencies in micronutrients* can have a negative effect on your child’s well-being. At least half of children worldwide ages 6 months to 5 years suffer from one or more MND, and globally more than 2 billion people are affected2. Did you know that MND gets depleted in your child’s body every 24 hours?



    How do you fight MND? It’s all about replenishing your child’s micronutrients. Here are some tips:

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    1. Serve healthy meals

    This is not the time to scrimp on food. Your child should have regular meals with the right amount of micronutrients such as Iron (to help metabolism), Zinc (to increase appetite), and Vitamin C (to boost immunity). These can be found in fish, meat, poultry, vegetables, and fruits.


    2. Drink milk

    Have your child drink BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink with his/her meal; no skipping! This affordable and delicious resistance-building drink equips him/her with Tibay every day.


    3. Prioritize

    Encourage and teach your child proper study-play-rest balance. At an early age, teach him/her to manage his/her time in a way that he/she will not be stressed and overwhelmed on a daily basis. Remember, he/she is still a child and being one should not be such hard work.



    Let him/her consume the right kinds of food high in nutrients that your child truly needs. BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk is fortified with higher levels of Iron and Zinc, and now with 100 percent Vitamin C! Just what your child needs to liven up and have his/her micronutrients replenished.


    *Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin C



    1. Sight & Life: Micronutrients; Macro Impact, the Story of Vitamins and a Hungry World, 2011

    Internet: http://www.sightandlife.org/fileadmin/data/Books/Micronutrients_Macro_Impact.pdf

    Accessed: February 16, 2015

    2. Strang, B. Investing in the Future: A UnitedCall to Action on Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies:Global Report 2009. Ottawa, Ontario,Canada: Micronutrient Initiative; 2009 p.1

    Internet: http://www.unitedcalltoaction.org

    Accessed: February 16, 2015

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