One of the best (and most important ways) you can take care of your children is by ensuring that they get all the nutrients they need to grow and develop well. Strong bones, healthy circulation, strong muscles and organs, even proper brain function all rely on nutrients. Here are a few ways you can ensure that your kids are getting sufficient nutritional intake.
Provide a Balanced Diet
Incorporate a sufficient amount of servings of each food group into your child’s meals. Each group provides essential micro- and macro-nutrients that growing bodies need to support a strong immune system and proper function. For example, meats and poultry are a core source of proteins that build muscles and organs, while dairy offers high levels of calcium that are needed to build bones and help your muscles, heart, and nerves. Of course, fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense foods available to provide the widest variety of vitamins and minerals. According to Haliborange, a good rule of thumb is to make your child’s meal as colorful (and as natural) as possible! This ensures that a mixture of these nutrients is involved—plus, the variety of flavors will be a delicious way to make food fun for them!
Give Them Supplements
Maybe your child has a hard time eating certain foods that would usually be providing those nutrients. If this is the case, give your child supplementary vitamins to get that nutrient intake up to where it should be! The average kids’ vitamin includes vitamin c, calcium, zinc, omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, iron and more. Vitamins promote energy, zinc boosts metabolism, and omega 3’s regulate blood flow. According to Maccaro Pediatric Dentistry, fluoride can reduce tooth decay in young children. All of these are invaluable! By adding supplements to your child’s life, you can feel confident that they are getting a healthy amount of those nutrients.
Finally, make water a favorite drink for your kids. According to Edgar’s Water, hydration is an often undervalued health-measure that can make a huge difference in the metabolization of nutrients in the body. A varied diet and supplemental vitamin intake won’t be as effective in a dehydrated body that is already struggling to circulate blood, regulate body temperature, and work on digestion. Encourage drinking water at every meal and snack time, and provide a container for them to carry with them throughout the day!
Kids grow like weeds, but that doesn’t mean they require little nourishment. Help your kids maintain the healthy and active lifestyle they want and need for development. Diet, vitamins, and water intake provide the most effective access to nutrients you can offer.
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