– Healthy food provides growth, intelligence and protection for our children, because a child who is eating healthily reaches the highest rates of physical, mental and psychological development. Healthy food means eating a varied diet so your child gets the nutrients (such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals) that he needs to guard him/her from nutritional disorders such as obesity, thinness, anemia and undernutrition. Research by the WHO has shown that if we do not seriously deal with the health problems of an undernourished or obese child at a young age, in 80% of the cases the disease will progress till adulthood.
For Optimum Nutrition and Child Health Support we need to
– Provide appetizers.
– High protein supplementation for healthy growth, increased concentration and academic achievement.
– Sources of vitamins and minerals to overcome malnutrition.
– Immune boosters against viruses.
– Calm digestive disorders for sound sleep.
– Choose fiber-rich grains such as whole grain bread, brown rice, oats, and barley as an alternative to refined white flour and its products.
– Eat snacks between main meals such as fresh yogurt or bananas.
– Our children’s food should include five servings of fruit and vegetables per day (banana fruit, apple, small plate of salads), divided throughout the day.
– In case of eating out, you can choose healthy meals for your kid (pizza with vegetables, grilled beef, and fresh juice instead of soft drinks).
– Select healthy sources of animal protein (fat-free red meat, chicken breast, fish, eggs) provided that each category does not exceed one unit per day (1/8 chicken or small fish or 100 g of meat) and other protein sources like nuts and legumes.
– Healthy drinks: Children should drink 6 cups of water daily and 1-2 cups of milk or yogurt. It is best to eat only 1-2 servings of canned juices a week and replace them with fresh juices, with complete avoidance of soft drinks.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
– Bee products: Honey (especially dark varieties) increases hemoglobin, such as mountain honey, wild flower honey, and Nigella honey.
– Pollen is rich in essential nutrients, including essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids that stimulate the immune system to increase albumin and hemoglobin production and increase the number of red blood cells.
– Wheat germ: a protein supplement rich in minerals and vitamins.
– Date syrup: for its rich iron content.
– Ginger and peppermint help increase appetite.
– Fennel, lemon balm and chamomile help reduce cramps and digestive troubles.
– Echinacea stimulates the immune system and protect against infection.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.