6 essential nutrients for child’s health

       What else do you give your child to eat? The natural nutrition is not a “target” hard to reach, it is an exercise of will and a change in mentality.

  1. The essential fatty acids.
           As the name shows, these fatty acids are essential for health, but they can not be synthesized by the body, that is why their intake in the diet is necessary.
    The essential fatty acids are the linoleic acid (omega 6) and linolenic acid (omega 3).
    The essential fatty acids are involved in:
    – Immune processes;
    – sight;
    – cell membranes structure (especially in the nervous system);
    – blood coagulation;
    – cardiovascular health.
    Natural sources of essential fatty acids:
    – walnuts;
    – fish (salmon, tuna, herring, trout, sardines);
    – eggs;
    – soy;
    – beans;
    – spinach;
    – lettuce;
    – avocado;
    – virgin vegetables oils;
    – seeds (flax, pumpkin, sunflower).

  2. Vitamin A
    Vitamin A

           The A vitamin has a lot of functions in organism such as:

    • maintaining eyesight and eye adaptation in dim light.
    • cell differentiation and synthesis of some proteins, being involved in child growth and evolution.
    • immunity, both by preserving skin integrity and mucous membranes, as well as directly, by activating the immune cells (the lymphocytes).
    • the creation of red blood cells.

    The deficiency of vitamin A during pregnancy causes malformations and inadequate fetal evolution.
    Dry skin flaking, is also caused by the deficiency of vitamin A.
           Sources of vitamin A:

    – liver;
    – fish oil/fish meat;
    – dairy products;
    – eggs;
    – carrots;
    – cabbage;
    – spinach;
    – lettuce;
    – broccoli;
    – peas;
    – cantaloupe;
    – apricots;
    – sea buckthorn;
    – capsicum.
  3. Vitamin D
           Vitamin D is essential for children since birth, that’s why it is administered to the child from the first weeks of life in the form of supplements (drops),every day until the age of 2 years, for preventing rickets.
    The Vitamin D has a role in the development of skeletal system, in growth and immunity boost.
    Sources of vitamin D:
    – Sun “baths”: the skin synthesizes vitamin D under the action of UV radiation;
    – Fish liver, oil and fatty fish: salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna;
    – liver;
    – mushrooms;
    – eggs;
    – dairy products

  4. Vitamin C:
    The Vitamin C “is hiding” in the “ordinary” parsley more than in lemon, orange, grapefruit etc…
    Vitamin C parsley

           In 1937 two british chemists receives the Nobel Prize for chemistry as the crowning of a new discovery: the vitamin C of synthesis.
    Why is vitamin C so important for all ages, not just for children?
    The reasons are many:
    – It is one of the main natural antioxidants which protects cells from the damaging and degenerative effect of free radicals.
    – It has a role in the synthesis of certain hormones: adrenaline, thyroid hormones.
    – The Pituitary (the “command and control” gland of all endocrine glands in the body) is a tissue with a high concentration of vitamin C.
    – The brain, lung, thyroid, liver, kidneys, small intestine and pancreas contains 10 times more vitamin C than blood.
           Perhaps that is why vitamin C is widely spread in nature, in most fruits and vegetables.
    Include in child’s diet 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day and you will have a healthy child.

  5. Calcium
           The calcium is a vital mineral. It provides bone resistance, intervenes in normal blood clotting, in heart and muscle fiber contraction.
    Calcium sources:
    – walnuts;
    – almonds;
    – soy;
    – sesame;
    – dairy products;
    – eggs;
    – sardines;
    – figs;
    – broccoli;
    – cabbage;
    – spring onions.

  6. Fibers
           The fibers are vegetal sugars, soluble or insoluble, which at the intestine level absorbs water, toxins, and the excess of cholesterol,leading to their elimination and keeping peristalsis and the normal function of the digestive tract.
    Fibers child
           The absence of fibers in the digestive system, generates an imbalance, first functionally (constipation), and then complications occurs, from chronic fatigue, attention deficit, to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
    Food sources of fibers: We could say in a few words: a salad with “everything” each day!
           The nutrition is taught, in case of children, the same way as the education and behaviour is taught. A healthy alimentation, learned since childhood is the same as those 7 years from home, is kept and yields for the entire life!
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