Saturday, October 4, 2014

VITAMINS:WHAT ARE YOUR KIDS EATING?

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Have you ever being in a situation as a parent where you see good looking kids; for instance, kids with clear eyes, skin without blemish, lustrous hair, well developed physique  etc and then you compare your kids with them, and yours are not good looking like those kids?
Now, you wonder and soliloquy to yourself “what are those kids feeding on that I do not know about?  One thing is certain as the answer; eating the right foods containing the necessary VITAMINS!

You probably have being mislead by cosmetic adverts and eatery junk foods commercials, that it is just about the use of certain cosmetics  or food that enhances the look as well as growth of children. Some multivitamins supplements commercials fill up your mind that parents should rely on vitamins supplements to enhance growth in their children! But is this to the detriment of a healthy balanced diet? The basic question every loving parent should use to evaluate their parenting nutrition skills is; what are my kids eating?

A growing child is like a plant being nurtured in a green house nursery which requires the appropriate growing conditions for survival or continuity of life! There is no doubt that a child who lacks the proper and adequate vitamins for growth can be likened to a vegetable plant in a garden which is not getting the right sunlight or water will appear unattractive and could be mistaken for a weed even by the gardener, hence it is at great risk of its life being discontinued! For instance, if a spinach plant lacks vitamins like phosphorous and potassium, this deficiency usually shows on the leaves first by brown scorching and the curling of the tips, yellowing between leaf veins (chlorosis) as well as the changing of the leaves color from lustrous green to blue/green! 

What a discouraging sight for the gardener and if he/she did not pay attention prior to when the deficiency manifested, he may mistake the plant for a weed and get rid of it. What is the beauty of a plant without the leaves which is usually the main attribute of plants especially the young one? So in relation to your growing child/children, their proper growth chronologically, physically and psychologically is greatly dependent on the quality and amount of their vitamin intake. In essence, a child who lacks the basic vitamins for growth will appear malnourished even though he/she eats foods that do not contain the proper vitamins. Some of the symptoms of the lack of vitamins in children are, pale skin, colored eye balls, brittle hair, stunted height etc 


So dear parent, what is it going to be; what my kids eat does not matter or what are the foods that are vitamins fortified for my kids to grow up properly? Here below is an outline of some of the top vitamin requirements according to Web Medical Doctor:



Top Six Vitamins and Minerals for Kids
In the alphabet soup of vitamins and minerals, a few stand out as critical for growing kids.

  • Vitamin A promotes normal growth and development; tissue and bone repair; and healthy skin, eyes, and immune responses. Good sources include milk, cheese, eggs, and yellow-to-orange vegetables like carrots, yams, and squash.
  • Vitamin Bs. The family of B vitamins -- B2, B3, B6, and B12 – aid metabolism, energy production, and healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Good sources include meat, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, and soybeans.
  • Vitamin C promotes healthy muscles, connective tissue, and skin. Good sources include citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, and green vegetables like broccoli.
  • Vitamin D promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Good sources include milk and other dairy products, and fish oil. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight.
  • Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows. Good sources include milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, and calcium-fortified orange juice.
  • Iron builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency is a risk in adolescence, especially for girls once they begin to menstruate. Good sources include beef and other red meats, turkey, pork, spinach, beans, and prunes.

Megavitamins -- large doses of vitamins – are not a good idea for children. The fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K) can be toxic if kids overdose on excessive amounts, likewise with iron. Your kids can get too much of a good thing.

Every parent’s pride is to see and experience the healthy growth of their child so never “toy” with the vitamins needed for them to grow well so that they can reciprocate the love you have for them!  Do also remember “Garbage in, Garbage out” hence, be attentive to what you feed your kids with, embrace and sustain your choice to educate and practice healthy nutrition for them to advance your posterity. 

So gorgeous mummy,what is your opinion on this article?do you agree with me,Vitamins matters?post your comments/contributions in the comment box.Well done worthymama!Learn how to make Homemade Cereal.


References
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphorus_deficiency


“Vitamins for Kids: Do Healthy Kids Need Supplements?” http://www.webmd.com/parenting/vitamins-for-kids-do-healthy-kids-need-vitamins

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