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Proper Nutrition for Children

Nutrition for Children

Nutrition advice for parents of young children and teens.You've heard the age-old axiom: you are what you eat.  For children, whose bodies and minds are rapidly developing day by day, this is doubly important.  Malnutrition can lead to a host of troubles for your child; troubles easily alleviated with a proper balanced diet!

The Bad: Improper Child Nutrition Can Lead To...

Poor physical growth: Studies have shown that undernourished children consistently grow less than their properly nourished peers.  These effects can last several years after the nutrition issue is solved; which makes it doubly important to address your child's nutritional needs immediately.

Physical maladies: improperly nourished children are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and other breathing problems, and later developing osteoporosis.  If a child's diet leads to being chronically overweight, the child is then at risk for joint ailments, early puberty, liver troubles, and polycystic ovary syndrome.  Most of these issues are preventable with good diet and a healthy exercise regime, and those habits are best formed early in life.

Emotional and Psychological troubles: Poor nutrition which leads to a lack of vital vitamins and minerals can also lead to developmental issues.  Studies have shown that certain minerals (including calcium) are pivotal for avoiding issues such as anxiety, hyperactivity, bipolar disorder, autism, schizophrenia, and depression.  Nutritional imbalances both exacerbate present troubles and may be the culprit for developing future issues.

Proper Nutrition for your Child

Your child's growing body needs a plethora of nutrients to stay healthy.  The natural fats in butter, fish, nuts, and seeds give them slow-burning fuel for their day.  Fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins and minerals; your child should eat five to nine servings a day of these foods.  Start every morning with a wholesome breakfast.  Cut back on refined sugars and foods such as cookies, candy, and soft drinks.  Fast foods contain high amounts of bad fats and can lead to childhood obesity; as such they should be avoided.  Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

If you have any questions about child nutrition, contact the Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center for an appointment.

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