By Tas Delmento
Nutrition is the process of nourishing your body. The organisms in your system obtain energy in the form of food for growth, maintenance and recuperation. Nutrition of children has always been a premier topic of discussion for any parent. Children nowadays are shifting towards junk foods. If a child is offered to have a pizza or a burger, he/she will grab it, but if he/she is asked to have a glass of milk, they would reluctanctly have the same of it. A litany of incredulous excuses will come forth. Malnutrition can be a serious problem for a child if this trend continues. The resistance level of the child drops when the child does not eat proper food and is thus subsequently prone to many diseases.
The overall growth and development of the child mainly depends on the type of food he/she eats. The inputs the child gets in form of food should be very nutritious and surely tasty too! Proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes are the basic elements our bodies use to create and maintain life. A specific balance of these elements is required to maintain optimal health.
A variety of foods are included in a balanced diet. Your child's meal should comprise of fruits and vegetables, grains, cereals, dairy products, nuts, seeds and breads. Always remember to feed your child in an appropriate manner and please do not exceed the food inputs of your child.
Listed below are 10 simple ways to improve your child's nutrition:
1 - A fiber rich content in the food is very nutritive and useful for the child's growth.
2 - An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. So do many other fruits. Feed your child with different variety of fruits, as most of the fruits contain calcium and required vitamins helpful in the growth of the child. But do remember, limit the amount of fruits your child takes.
3 - A glass of fresh fruit juice is very essential everyday. Do limit the amount of juices your child takes, as it could lead to cavities in the teeth, diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems.
4 - Feed your child with low fat foods.
5 - If you are a non-vegetarian, then opt to be a vegetarian or at least a flexitarian. A flexitarian is one who reduces his meat consumption.
6 - Do not allow your child to skip breakfast, as this is the most important meal of the day. Provide him or her with the best breakfast inclusive of a glass of milk, fruits, bread, sprouts and a few other important foods like dry fruits, eggs, cereals etc. Do see to it that dinner is the smallest meal you are giving him/her.
7 - Teach your child to drink ample of water everyday. At least 8 to 10 glasses. Water is one of the main sources of nutrition, as water is one fluid which keeps our bodies lubricated, improves digestion and blood circulation among other things.
8 - Do not allow your child to diet to loose weight, because unlike adults, children are still developing and growing. Instead, teach your children a few exercises to keep themselves fit all day through.
9 - Ensure that you include green vegetables in the form of salads, curries, juices or soups in at least one meal of the day.
10 - Above all, teach your child, healthy eating habits, for a healthy life. Teach him hygienic ways of living and most importantly proper breathing methods.
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