Articles | Health

The Building Blocks of your Child’s Health

Your child’s body is entirely built and maintained by the food he eats, the water he drinks and the air he breathes. In spite of modern medicine, our children are more susceptible to disease as each year goes by. As many as one in four children suffer from eczema, millions of children are asthmatic and one in six suffers from allergies. Hyperactivity is escalating and ear infections are a routine part of childhood.

Sowing the seeds to good health is understanding your child’s dietary needs:

WATER:
In the first two years of life your child only needs to drink an appropriate milk and water!

Without sufficient water:
Children become dehydrated and tired.
Their digestive systems become sluggish.

PROTEIN:
Vital for growth and the repair of cells.

Sources:
Eggs, pulses, lean meat, quinoa (a South American grain), fish, cheese, yogurt, nuts and seeds.
Daily needs:
From 9mths of age 3-5 servings per day.

FATS:
A vital source of warmth and energy, keeping skin and arteries supple and is essential for proper brain development and good immune function.

Sources:
Found in seeds and nuts, oily fish, butter, cheese, meat and eggs.
Avoid:
Too many processed foods.

CARBOHYDRATES:
The body’s main source of fuel. Complex carbohydrates provide a sustained slow release of energy.

Sources:
Brown rice, potatoes, breads, oats, pulses, fruits, vegetables. whole grains.
Needs:
Offer 4 to 8 servings of healthy carbohydrates every day.
Look in your cupboards… if it’s white, throw it out!!

FIBRE:
Fibre is an essential part of your child’s diet. It slows down the release of sugars and prevents constipation by creating bulk and maintaining a healthy digestive tract.

Sources:
Apples, pears, carrots, dried fruit, sweet potatoes, pulses, whole-wheat breads, oats and brown rice.

IRON:
Important for brain development and builds healthy resistance to infections.

Sources:
Green leafy vegetables, lentils, red meats, eggs, apricots, nuts, dates, parsley, quinoa, whole grains and iron fortified baby cereals.
Deficiency symptoms:
Fatigue, anaemia, pale skin, poor apetite and frequent infections.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS:
Found in all the above foods.

Similar Posts