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Article by Suzi Le Fanue

Integrated Wellness Clinic - Buderim Profile | Email | Website
Integrated Wellness Clinic - Buderim We offer a range of services including:
A team of Naturopaths practicing evidence based complementary medicine, Psychologist, Dietitian and Nutritionist and too the support of our wellness assistants. We use our 3 step methodology to address the 3 primary pillars of health.
10/102 Burnett St
Australia 4556

Integrated Wellness Clinic Naturopathy Tips on Children's Health

Children require a balanced and nutrient-rich diet to ensure their bodies are growing optimally. Ideally, healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food should be encouraged from a very early age.

The great thing is it doesn't have to be too difficult when it comes to supporting and maintaining your child's health. The main thing to keep in mind is: feed your child real food. 

So we've outlined what we believe to be key nutritional considerations for optimal children's health.

Protein - the building block of all tissues
Ensure your child is having good quality sources of protein throughout the day, such as eggs, poultry, red meat, legumes, fish, nuts, seeds, quinoa and if tolerated, dairy.

Healthy Fats - to fuel the brain!
Your child’s brain is made up of over 60% fat, which is fuelled by fats
consumed in the diet. Healthy fats include avocado, oily fish, flaxseeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, chia seeds, nuts, good quality oils (olive oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, coconut oil), grass fed meat, eggs and dairy.

Omega 3 fatty acids (most importantly the fatty acid called DHA) is so important for healthy brain development. Omega 3 fats also help to reduce inflammation in the body (particularly important if your child suffers from allergies and skin disorders) and support a healthy immune system. 
Good sources of omega 3 fatty acids include seafood (salmon, sardines, anchovies, white fish), chia seeds, and flax seeds. A supplement may be required if your child doesn’t eat a lot of these foods.

Unrefined Carbohydrates - to provide energy
Carbohydrate food sources provide energy for your child to stay active and attentive. The best sources of carbohydrate to focus on are fruits and vegetables, which contain loads of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of fibre. Be sure to include a variety of fruits and veg, rather than sticking with the same ones each week. It is okay to “hide” veggies in meals such as savoury breads, frittata, muffins, smoothies and brownies, however also try to present fruit and veg in a variety of ways such as in their natural shape, steamed, mashed, or diced.

When baking, opt for wholemeal flour (over plain white flour) or even better coconut flour, buckwheat flour, nut meals, etc. Halve the amount of sugar in recipes, and rather than refined white sugar, use sugars such as honey, pure maple syrup, rice malt syrup, or molasses (remember, these are still sugars and should be used sparingly). See recipe below for super easy, super yummy coconut and blueberry muffins.

Fruit is a great alternative to sweets, and can be
offered with natural yoghurt or spread with natural peanut butter or tahini. For a yummy, dairy free ice cream, blend frozen bananas with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of honey.

Want to learn more about children's health?
Check out our website! To read more about infant and toddler health, click here. Or you can find information on ADD, ADHD and autism here.

Our Brisbane NaturopathsSunshine Coast Naturopath's can offer you support by phone, skype or in person.

18 Aug 2017

Last Update: 24 Oct 2017

Article/Information supplied by Suzi Le Fanue

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.