How Healthy Are Your Kids?

child diet support

Feed their brains fish

When kids are hyperactive, easily distracted and the subject of complaints from teachers or classmates it could be that they are lacking in omega 3 essential fatty acids, or possibly minerals like magnesium.

It is thought that some children are deficient in essential fatty acids, not because of their diet but because their body fails to make proper use of the fatty acids they are getting

Unfortunately, most children are chronically deficient in omega-3 fat due to a diet filled with refined flours, processed food, and vegetable oils whilst lacking regular consumption of oily fish (fish fingers don’t count). While the ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fat is approximately 1:1, most of us have a ratio between 20:1 and 30:1. Although food such as walnuts, omega-3 eggs, cold-water fish, and flaxseed oil contain good amounts of omega-3, it is very difficult to obtain enough from food alone

Build their immune system

Kindergartens and schools are a favourite place for children to share their infections. There are many children who repeatedly come down with respiratory, ear or gastro-intestinal infections that could do with a boost to their immune systems.

One of the best old fashioned ways to improve kids health in the old days was to force some cod liver oil down their throats, this is still one of the best ways to boost their immune systems though thankfully it now comes in an easy to take orange flavoured formula and is rich in vitamins A, D and E along with the essential fatty acids.

These nutrients all help to keep the immune system in prime condition by enhancing the function of the protective mucous membranes of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.

Another nutrient which is often deficient in children is Zinc, children who are zinc deficient have been shown to suffer from more infections and stay sick longer. Kids who are fussy eaters are commonly deficient in Zinc, a simple Zinc test is all that is required to check your kids zinc levels.

Acidophilus is the friendly bacteria that live in our digestive tract. Healthy bacterial balance in our digestive tract is easily affected by poor dietary habits and by the use of medications, such as corticosteroids and antibiotics. Everyone can benefit from the use of probiotics for healthy digestion and immunity. Acidophilus has also been found useful in the treatment and prevention of skin conditions and allergies. Children in day care who take acidophilus supplements are found to have less frequent colds, flu and ear infections, it is important to take an acidophilus supplement that is high quality.

Every child is different and has individual needs, a naturopathy consultation can help to prepare a program for your child, this will involve analyzing your child’s diet and making recommendations to help with energy, concentration, anger and weight control if necessary. Also analyzing their nutritional status to see what they maybe lacking in their diet

If you have any more questions or would like to make an appointment in person or via telephone consultation email michael@planetnaturopath.com

About the Author Michael

Michael is head consultant at Planet Naturopath - Functional Medicine and Nutrition Solutions. As Seen

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