Marta’s Blog #2 Healthy Children

You have to wonder if children need to supplement their  daily nutrition or if their diet is sufficient for performing the development of psychological and emotional growth and enough to prevent infections.

Our children today are subjected to different elements that  determine the balance or imbalance of nutrients, including genetic factors, lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle, gastronomic family culture, over-processed food, hydration and excess sugar …etc.

There are many essential nutrients like iron, calcium, zinc, copper, vitamins..etc, but we now highlight some details that are important in different age groups.

Early childhood.

Muscle, bone, nerves, respiratory, circulatory and immune systems are maturing and all of these need careful attention.

  1. It has been shown that iron in imbalance, it is associated with poorer performance both intellectual and behavioral.
  2. Calcium should meet the needs of bone growth and strengthen tooth enamel.

During later childhood.

Is characterized by major changes in cognitive, social and emotional development. Also the development of the muscles and joints and nerves in this stage of growth. Supplemented at this time with calcium and magnesium.

At this stage there is a remarkable development of sports activity, which requires a cocktail of nutrients. In this period there begins the development of the subconscious and memory. A yeast supplement can help this crucial developmental stage.

Adolescence  – period of great change .

There is an increased nutritional requirement.

At this stage of secondary sexual characteristics are emerging in addition to significant changes in body and mental attitude. 

There is an increase by 50% of both skeletal and muscle mass nearly. (higher in boys than in girls).

Vitamin B1, riboflavin and niacin will be essential in this period since they are nutrients involved in energy metabolism and growth processes.

Vitamin B12, B6 and essential to the formation of new tissues and formation of DNA and RNA folic acid.

Vitamin A and vitamin E become essential at this stage to maintain the structure and function of new cells.

Iron increases the amount of hemoglobin (the blood volume expansion). In girls it increases the need for this mineral  due to menstrual blood losses.

Choosing the right complement for our children is a responsible decision, for which must be well informed and assess the needs according to the stage and habits of the child. 

We must not neglect diet, physical activity and lifestyle of the whole family to reach a state of optimal wellness.