Issue: My child refuses to take BIORAY® formulas in juice or water. What can I do?
Kids can struggle with supplement intake for a variety of reasons. One of the big ones is sensory issues. If they can taste it, smell it or see it, they won’t touch it. So here are some options:
TIP 1: Cook with them! Yes, they can take the heat. The heat will not denature the constituents of the herbs. It may take a slightly higher dose to see the same impact, however, increasing the intake by a few drops can help offset that. Add to soup, bake in muffins, scramble in eggs, cook with rice, etc.
Loving Energy® has a sweeter, licorice taste and goes very well as a warm tea or added to almond/rice/coconut milk. For adults, this formula tastes amazing in coffee. Add 2 droppers and a dash of milk that works best for you and enjoy.
Liver Life® tastes like mushrooms and NDF® and NDF Plus® tastes like greens. For this reason, these formulas enhance the flavors of soups, cooked veggies, stir-fry, or even scrambled eggs.
CytoFlora® has a mild taste as it simply contains probiotics lysates. For this reason it can be added to pretty much anything without detection including beverages, fruits, veggies, soups, yogurt, oatmeal or rice. You can drizzle over fruit and freeze as a treat. Or you can poke a hole in the fruit and drop a few drops inside to give right away. This technique works great with fresh grapes, watermelon cubes, cantaloupe, and pineapple.
Artemisia & Clove® is a strong, bitter tasting formula. However, it hides beautifully and can enhance the taste of many recipes that call for clove. For kids, adding it to nut butters or pumpkin based food including muffins, cookies, soup, or bars works great. If juice is the easiest option for your child, red grape juice is recommended and has been found to compliment the body at a biological level when getting rid of unwanted organisms. For adults, adding Artemisia & Clove® to coffee with a little almond milk tastes great and you will notice a boost in clarity throughout the day.
TIP 2: A shot sized glass! Add all BIORAY® remedies to a shot sized glass, top with a touch of juice or water, but not too much. They should be able to drink it all in one sip. Let your child know if they “drink it all”, they can follow it up with their favorite drink or food. This is one of our favorites tips as you aren’t compromising the taste of their beverages and they tend to become less resistant overtime to taking formulas in general. This technique has been used successfully in children at all levels of cognitive function, however, like any type of behavior modification, it can be a process.
TIP 3: Blend in smoothies or shakes of all kinds. If fruit or veggies alone do not do the trick, add in almond, rice, or coconut milk with a touch of stevia and blend to further mask the taste. For example: 2 cups of cut up pineapples and bananas, a handful of greens (spinach or kale) and 1 cup of milk (of your child’s tolerance) and 6 drops of whole leaf stevia. Cow milk is not recommended as research shows it slows down the methylation process.