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Top 10 Nutrients

by Hanan Saleh

From birth through to their teenage years, children continually grow and develop. Growth relies on a regular influx of nutrients including essential vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are vital for our bodies to function properly and each one plays a specific role in the body. Research has found that children are not getting enough essential nutrients so these are important to keep in mind when planning your child’s diet[i]. Teaching children about their nutritional needs and instilling healthy eating habits early on is important for long-term health & well-being. Parents know it’s important to offer a balanced diet to their children. But what are some of the key nutrients kids need? While no single nutrient or group of nutrients is any more important to a child’s well-being, these ten vitamins & minerals get a lot of attention whenever kids’ nutrition is discussed: Calcium for strong, healthy bones & teeth, iron for brain development and oxygen delivery to the body, essential fatty acids for healthy brain & heart function, Vitamins A, C, D, E to help maintain bone, muscle & eye health, Magnesium regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, Zinc has an important role in the normal functioning of the immune system to help fight off invading bacteria and viruses & potassium plays a major role in maintaining normal cell function, heart beat and smooth muscle contractions. Read on to find out how each essential nutrient can help with your child’s growth & development.


by Hanan Saleh


Kids Nutrition Protocols


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Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor for underlying illness. Before beginning dietary investigation, consult a dietician with an interest in food intolerance. Parents should exercise caution with vitamins and supplements and monitor their children’s intake of these and other foods to ensure that kids do not get too much of these nutrients. This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner. The development of this document is not influenced by commercial organisations.
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