Healthy Development for Children
During the formative years, kids develop rapidly in their brain and nervous system, immune system, bones, teeth and muscles, as well as height and weight. Healthy development is important to support mental development and intellectual performance as nerves are formed and mature in the formative years. The brain grows rapidly in size until it reaches adults weight by age 10, while some areas of the brain such as the frontal cortex continue to develop throughout adulthood.
A healthy development will enhance their socio-emotional wellbeing as well as physical skills. Active, competent kids are more likely to develop good social interactive skills that add to their self confidence and self worth. Kids master motor skills, sense of poise and balance, which influences writing, drawing, painting and playing skills which are important for intellectual development.
Colds & Flu in ChildrenBoth the common cold and the flu are infections of the respiratory tract, which includes the throat, nose, airways and lungs.
The common cold and the flu share many similar symptoms.
The symptoms of common cold and flu include:
Nutrition Our Child
Good nutrition and a balanced diet help kids grow, develop and learn. The development of healthy eating and physical activity habits can prevent disease and support a lifetime of good health.
When we give our children good nutrition, we are giving them the nutrient-building blocks that sustain life and that promote physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. Good nutrition is critical to optimizing each child’s potential for success. Meeting nutritional requirements throughout childhood is essential to full intellectual development. Research showed that undernutrition impacts children’s behavior, performance and overall cognitive development.
Taurine, Inositol and LecithinChildren have long and mentally demanding day during school and requires good nutrition to help prevent fatigue and maintain concentration. Taurine, inositol and lecithin are nutrients that help with brain network, concentration and focus. Taurine is an amino acid, concentrated in the brain while Inositol is necessary for proper function of nerves and brain. Lecithin contains choline which is an essential nutrient that plays a critical role in the development of the brain network, especially the memory center (hippocampus) of the brain.
DHA and EPAThere is emerging evidence on the importance of DHA from fish oils on brain and eye development of children. DHA and EPA have shown effects on brain structure and function, behaviour, learning and performance, and improvements in visual and motor functions in children.
Vitamin CVitamin C is essential in the diet of all children. However, few foods actually are rich in vitamin C. Citrus fruits are among the few foods that are rich sources of vitamin C. Ensure that children consume at least one high-vitamin C fruit as part of the recommendation for five to nine daily servings of fruits and vegetables. As a water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C is not well retained by the body. A study recently showed that plasma (blood) vitamin C levels drop onto the deficient or depleted range within one to three weeks when high-vitamin C vegetables and fruits are removed from the otherwise healthy diets.
Vitamin C deficiencies are characterized by anemia, bleeding gums, breaks in capillary walls, emotional disturbances, impaired digestion, loose teeth, lowered resistance to infections, nosebleeds, scurvy, slow healing of wounds or fractures, swollen and painful joints, and the tendency to bruise easily.
SpirulinaSpirulina is a microscopic alga that possesses diverse biological activities and nutritional significance due to its high concentration of natural nutrients. It is rich in proteins, vitamins, essential amino acids, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, minerals and essential fatty acids like γ-linolenic acid (GLA). Next to mother's milk, spirulina can be considered one of the best known sources of this important fatty acid, which is important for growth, development and immunity.
Spirulina can be a healthy part of children's diet every day. Spirulina offers remarkable health benefits to an undernourished child. It is rich in beta carotene that can overcome eye problems caused by vitamin A deficiency. In fact, spirulina contains more beta-carotene than carrots. The easily digestible protein and B-vitamin complex make a major nutritional improvement in a child's diet.