How Good Nutrition Can Boost Your Child’s Health (II) 

Abimbola Olu-Sholanke

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how good nutrition can boost your child's health

There is no doubt that good nutrition is the best booster of your child’s health. In the previous edition, we looked at some nutrients your children need for a healthy and mentally productive lifestyle free of allergies, infections, ailments and so on especially in this new ‘normal era’.

Here is the concluding part of that article.

5. Probiotics:

Probiotics are living, healthy microorganisms and bacteria that play a key role in digestive health. They come from fermented foods. A healthy gut is crucial for overall health, including mental health.
Food sources: locust beans, yogurt, pap, kunu, cheese etc.

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6. Vitamin D

Vitamin D works with calcium to build strong bones. It may also help protect against chronic diseases later in life.
Foods Sources: Fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, sardines, tilapia, mushrooms are excellent sources of vitamin D, eggs (D is found in the yolk) and fortified milk.

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7. Vitamin E

Vitamin E strengthens the body’s immune system by getting rid of oxidants and toxins. It also helps with recovery. It also helps keep blood vessels clear and flowing well.
Food sources: Vegetable oils such as sunflower, olive oil, palm oil, nuts and seeds, carrots, sweet potato, leafy greens.

Action Plan
Nothing can take the place of eating a healthy diet. Give them Whole Foods daily. Although, a lot of kids are picky eaters and getting them to eat a variety of foods can be a challenge, to say the least. To address this, you can introduce organic supplements to their routine but it is important you check with your doctor first. Choose supplements specially formulated for kids.

Bottom line:
Good nutrition would promote optimal physical and mental health and as well boost immune system of your child. This will ensure the quality of life needed for them to thrive.

How can you incorporate vitamins and minerals into your child’s daily routine?

Watch out for the next post.

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