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Food to Grow on: Your Kids and Multivitamins

Dr. Karol M.D Article by: Dr. Karol M.D
Date: Sep 24, 2014
Food to Grow on: Your Kids and Multivitamins

When their parents are not looking, kids will often turn to junk food, processed foods, foods laden with animal fats, processed sugars, sugar-packed candy & processed drinks, artificial coloring and other junk.  This type of diet early on can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory pain conditions, indigestion —and later—hypertension and strokes. 

Purge your Pantry

The best way to teach proper eating habits is to not allow the above listed “foods” in the home. If the junk is not there, consumption drops by up to 80%, because kids don’t have easy access to it. They may eat poorly at lunch or right after school, but not all day long. So at the least, they’ll be getting a nutritious breakfast, (such as organic eggs, fresh tomatoes, a glass of organic milk, and a small piece of whole wheat bread with organic jam), and a healthy dinner. Don’t count on school-provided lunches for vitamins and minerals.

Growing Bodies

Even when an effort is made at home, kids still may not get enough nutrients. Growing children and adolescents (even 18-year-olds) need more nutrients, vitamins and essential minerals in order to promote optimal physical development, mental development, mental balance as well as good energy levels. These nutrients also rid their bodies of environmental pollutants as well as of the bad stuff they eat when we are not watching. When these nutrients are lacking, they can lead to mood swings, depression, inattention, aggressive behavior, low energy, decreased learning & memory and a feeling of fatigue.

Supplements for More of What Kids Need

There is a simple way to prevent these unwanted effects. Have them take a multivitamin/multimineral tablet each day with a meal.  Supplement with a fish oil capsule for mental health and optimal learning. Fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids also helps prevent Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This disorder is very common (and also commonly over diagnosed) in children.

Try to have kids eat at home to minimize their consumption of junk foods. Make home meals nutritious with lots of protein, greens, vegetables and healthy oils such as olive and flaxseed. And cut carbs like breads, dough, chips, French fries, and pop. Follow these guidelines and your kids will thank you one day.

Until next time,

Dr. Karol