Good child nutrition makes healthy kids.
As adults and parents good child nutrition is our responsibility. Children are our future, and they deserve the best possible start in life.
One of the most important things you can do for your children is to bring them up on a
because a strong nutritional foundation will give them highest chance of remaining healthy later.
It also gives them the tools they need in order to maximize their potential in every area of life: academically, emotionally, socially, and in sport. In addition, good child nutrition and a healthy eating pattern and mainly plant-based diet in early life will help your child develop good dietary habits later.
Making sure your child has a strong health profile can start even before they are born. As early as 1989, reports began to suggest that the foetal environment affected a child’s risk of developing non-communicable diseases in adult life, such as
But it’s not just later life that good early child nutrition can help.
and a healthy dose of
can prevent children becoming overweight.
is a rising problem in all parts of the world, because of a lack of
and the unhealthy diet many people consume.
our food no longer contains all the nutrients it should,
because it’s subject to long storage periods and chemical intervention; it’s grown in poor quality soil, and is often processed. This kind of junk food only offers us ‘empty calories’ with low nutritional content, and high levels of salt and fat.
Surprisingly perhaps, most overweight and obese people, including kids, are malnourished! That’s because to be ‘malnourished’ means the body is not getting the nutrients it needs in order to be healthy, and most obese people are eating the wrong foods, and putting unnecessary strain on their organs, which means everything works less efficiently and they don’t absorb the nutrients they need.
They’re also struggling against a load of
as the body tries to cope with ‘poisonous’ elements of junk food and can’t sweep out free radicals produced by its own metabolic processes.
Childhood obesity leads to other problems
Unfortunately, this means
overweight and obesity
are risk factors for a whole range of problems, including
Being overweight also causes some children to be rejected by their peers, to lose out on taking part in sports and social events, and to have a poor body image.
In addition, overweight/obesity in young adulthood and middle age has long-term adverse consequences for health care costs in
is a key example, as a major bone disease resulting in 1.5 million fractures and over $10 billion U.S. in medical expenditures annually. It now looks likely that there is a link between obesity and/or poor calcium intake in child nutrition, and risk of developing the disease in later life.
Scientists say it could be prevented by
quality dietary supplements
to increase bone mass density (particularly
vitamin D, vitamin K, and isoflavone), but about half of all American children and adolescents still consume less than the
Recommended Dietary Allowance.
Get rid of the sugar and get the right fat!
In addition, a child’s bones can be damaged by large amounts of sugar. The body pulls minerals from the tissues and bones to buffer the sugar’s acidity; and it’s not just bones that suffer: blood sugar level soars (particularly after eating sweets, bread, sodas, chocolate, and processed carbohydrate) and either stays high (in diabetes) or is lowered too quickly (in hypoglycemia).
Stable blood sugar, not too high or too low, is one of the most important components of physical and emotional well being.
An optimal availability of
omega-3 fatty acids
for child nutrition also seems to be important in the development of normal emotional, brain and physical functions, especially intelligence and cognitive functions.
In one study, 20 children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) were treated with either the popular drug Ritalin, or with dietary supplements.
The results surprised everyone, by showing that dietary supplements were just as effective in improving the symptoms as Ritalin! And of course, supplements and good child nutrition come with a variety of other benefits, and without all the nasty side effects.
What role can supplements play?
In fact, multiple studies have shown that psychiatric symptoms like depression, mood swings, and aggression may be improved by supplementation with
essential fatty acids:
especially in young criminal offenders.
Adolescents who use multiple
also have more healthful dietary and lifestyle behaviors than nonusers, and supplements and good child nutrition may improve non-verbal intelligence and sporting performance. Dementia and Multiple sclerosis might also be related to an
omega- 3 deficiency,
so it’s wise to make a commitment to regularly giving your child
omega oils from an early age.
Its your choice - Help your kids get healthy!
Taking action to give your children a healthy diet, good exercise, and a proper range of nutritional supplements can save them a world of pain and unhappiness later. Through good child nutrition, health is a gift you can choose to give your kid. The time to do it is now!
A word of warning: iron deficiency is common, but too much iron supplement can be lethal, and the younger the person taking the supplements, the higher the possibility of a lethal dose. Make sure you understand the importance of
safety in nutritional supplements.
Do consult a physician if you’re unsure.
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