Is fast food ok for kids?

Over the last two decades, so many fast food restaurant chains have emerged and are on a constant rise. Whether we are travelling, have guests, short on time, hanging around with friends or simply want to relax, pizza, burger and fries are an instant choice, both affordable and comfortable for parents and children. In reality, food with high sugar/ saturated fat/ salt (what does sugar do to kids?) and low nutrient value in terms of protein, fibre, vitamin and mineral is termed as Fast Food. Food that can be served ready-to-eat and fast. Many of our children are fond of such ready-made food. But these foods have a negative impact on kid’s health in the long run and some of the concerning outcomes are obesity, stress, hormonal imbalance in kids. A single fast food meal could add 300-500 calories instantly without much added nutrition, terming it as empty calories (Why should kids eat a balanced diet?).

Kids love to enjoy meals with high sugar content. Sugar can be consumed in many forms like Bread which is extremely high in added sugar and one of the most staple foods in every household for kids. Other common sources of sugar are white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, cookies, candy, donut, cake, canned drinks, packed juices, bottled shakes and smoothies, granola bars, sauces, jams and many others. Such intake on a regular basis can deplete four of the best bone-friendly nutrients from your child’s body.

During the early years, the bones of kids develop and grow while also being depleted at the same time. If the consumption of calcium, Vitamin D and other required minerals are sufficient, the health of bones will be positive. If the consumption of required vitamins and minerals are less, the depletion of bones will soon take over resulting in much weaker bones and easy fractures. When sugar is consumed, there is acid that’s released in the body. In order to balance this acid, calcium is extracted from the bones resulting in Calcium deficient weaker bones. Vitamin D assists in absorption of Calcium by the bones. Consumption of sugar increases an enzyme that degrades vitamin D and thereby also results in reduced absorption of calcium by the bones. Double whammy!

Vitamin C helps to make collagen and also delays the decaying process of bones. Sugar intake restricts the absorption of this vitamin into our body cells resulting in weaker bones.

Magnesium works on keeping the bones strong. Sugar strips the body of magnesium too by releasing it out through urine.

BEST SNACKS FOR CHILDREN:

Many packaged snacks for kids are extremely unhealthy. They are often full of refined flour, added sugars, and artificial ingredients like colours and flavours. Snacks can act as a great opportunity to sneak some extra nutrients into your child’s diet. Instead of highly processed fast foods, fill your child’s tummy with healthy whole food snacks that will provide energy and complete nutrition.

  • You may consider popcorn as junk food, but it’s really a nutritious whole grain healthy fast food for kids. As long as you don’t drown it in unhealthy fat like margarine, popcorn can be a snack for kids. It is also loved by them. Popcorn actually has 4 grams of fibre per 3-cup serving, which makes it a filling snack and good for digestion.

Amongst many minerals and vitamins that contribute towards Brain Health– Development and Function, a few are Manganese, Vitamin B6 and B9. Just a cup of Makhana is enough to meet 50% of Manganese requirements for the day.

It is those rare snacks which are loaded with a good balance of Vitamin Bs. Not just Brain, Makhana also supports strong bone development of a growing child.

  • You can make them healthy fast food for kids, when you use the right ingredients. Healthy cookies contain whole grain flour, which provide protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibre. It can be a favourite treat for kids and adults as well. Adding ground seeds like flax, chia or sunflower seeds to the cookie mix make them more nutritious. By swapping out the added sugar and using other alternatives like puree of dates or raisins or dried berries can make the cookie a healthier choice. (Recipe of cookies)
  • Bread is a staple food in many households. Healthy spreads for bread can be a good way to feed essential nutrition to children. It can not only calm down a kid’s hunger pangs but also give a dose of good fat, protein and vitamins. Peanut butter mixed with cocoa and dates or honey is a bread spread which is loved by adults and kids alike. It is enough to provide with essential nutrients as well as antioxidants. (see Iyurved’s 5 Herbs and 7 Nuts spread)
  • Mixed nut balls or laddoo are the best snacks for children to settle their sweet cravings. Peanut butter (or any other nut butter) mixed with almond flour, dipped in melted dark chocolate is just the perfect snack for anytime during the day. Consuming Nuts and seeds is among the best food with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body and also among the best foods for children in their developing years. (Recipe of nut balls)
Laddoo/ Sweet ball using Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts spread
  • Smoothies are a great way to pack fibre and vitamin rich fruits and vegetables, calcium, protein and good fats into a drinkable meal or snack. They are really easy and fast to make at home, and you can create lots of flavour combinations using what you have. An addition of kefir instead of yogurt adds the necessary bacterias to the drink. (Recipe of kefir shake)
  • Cake or cupcake is undoubtedly a favourite and healthy fast food for kids. Using whole wheat flour and mixing with seeds of Sunflower, Pumpkin and Melon together offer a great source of nourishment to the body. 1 tablespoon of this seed mix provides 5g of protein. A spread of this can easily blend with any dish and won’t even get noticed by kids.(Recipe of cupcakes)
  • Recipe of Chocolate chip Oat Cookie with seeds:

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  • 1/3 cup each semolina, wheat flour, oats and melon seeds
  • Handful Chocolate drops (or more)
  • Honey (as per sweetness)
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2 tbsp ghee or Iyurved’s 5 Herbs & 7 Nuts chocolate spread (order here)
  • Little Milk to make firm dough
  • Take a big ball of dough
  • Roll in between two baking/parchment papers.
  • Preheat oven for 5 min.
  • Place rolled cookie with baking sheet on the middle rack. Bake as a single piece at 200 for 15 min. Once edges begin to brown, take it out.
  • Cool on rack. Once completely cool, break the cookie as you like or just eat rightaway.  

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Is Diarrhea a symptom of Teething for kids?

It is a matter of joy to see your baby’s first tooth. But teething is a difficult and uncomfortable phase for kids as well as for parents. Kids become super fussy and refuse to eat or drink milk because of gum irritation. There are many baby teething symptoms such as gum swelling and pain, drooling, biting, crying, gagging, pulling ears, facial rashes and refusing to eat. Lots of parents connect teething with diarrhea. However, there is no such evidence that can justify that teething and diarrhea are correlated. According to American academy of pediatrics, teething does not directly cause diarrhea. Babies can experience it due to many different factors other than teething. It is just a surrounding myth that diarrhea is a symptom of teething.

Baby teething symptoms

Biting and sucking: You can notice that your baby is biting and sucking everything in hand. For them, it is a way to soothe gum irritation.

Gum pain: Eruption of teeth is a painful process. Sensitive and swollen gums can make your baby fussy.

Increased saliva: Babies chew, bite and drool more during teething phase. You may see a baby’s shirt wet all the time.

Facial rash: Constant moisture of drool may irritate baby’s skin and cause rash around the mouth.

Body temperature: Teething can raise body temperature slightly. But above 100.4 F is not because of teething and you should consult a doctor.

Reasons for diarrhea during teething

Introduction of solid foods: Usually teething starts around 4-7 months of age. It is the time when babies get introduced to solid foods. This can cause a change in their bowel movement and leads to diarrhea. Infant’s digestive system is immature and it takes time for kids to adjust with new foods, which may cause a change in their stool and parents generally connect it with one of the baby teething symptoms. (What to feed when baby begins solids?)

Tend to put everything in mouth: The chances of bacteria entering the body are extremely high as during this phase kids tend to put everything in the mouth, which may also lead to diarrhea. Due to constant gum irritation, babies generally reach out for different objects, to put in the mouth. These objects could have germs or are not necessarily clean and this can be a cause of diarrhea during teething. It’s not one of the baby teething symptoms actually.

Immunity Fact: Babies immune system is much stronger immediately after birth than at the age of six months. Around this time the baby starts losing the antibodies he/she got at the time of birth and may experience unrelated ailments or infections which can cause diarrhea. This is the time when a baby’s underdeveloped immune system needs a boost up to fight against disease causing bacteria. (Immunity foods for babies during 6 months)

Tips to be followed during Diarrhea

Maintain hygiene: The most important thing is to maintain a hygienic surrounding for your teething baby. The process of teething causes gum irritation and in an attempt to soothe sore gums babies put things or a teething toy in their mouth. If these objects are not cleaned regularly, it can be an invitation for germs and microbes to enter their body which leads to many infections including diarrhea.

Rehydration: Rehydration is the process of restoring lost water or fluid to the body. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommended Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) as essential for clinical treatment of acute diarrhea. ORS treats dehydration caused by severe diarrhea through the replacement of lost fluid, salt, sugar, potassium and other nutrients. Ask your doctor about what type and quantity of ORS to be used.

Diet: Your kid’s diet is the main concern you should take care of during diarrhea. If your baby is on breastfeeding or formula, increase its frequency is necessary. At least half of the dietary energy comes from foods other than milk. If your baby is above 6 months, you can give mashed banana, yogurt, potato, carrots, moong dal/mung bean soup and rice water.  All these foods can help to aid diarrhea. (How to make mung bean soup?)

Developing immunity: To boost up your baby’s immunity to fight infections just stick to breastfeeding, nutrient rich foods, probiotics and follow their vaccination schedule.

When to consult a doctor?

Mild symptoms of diarrhea can be treated at home with these precautions. However, if your child develops any of the below mentioned symptoms, consult your paediatrician.

  • If diarrhea persists for more than a week.
  • Vomiting along with diarrhea.
  • Severe stomach pain.
  • Increase in baby’s body temperature more than 101 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Blood in stool.
  • If the baby is losing weight.
  • If there are symptoms of dehydration in a baby.

Foods to overcome Diarrhea

Besides keeping your baby hydrated, it is also important to take care of their diet. Offer small meals to your baby at regular intervals. Foods rich in carbohydrates help to maintain the energy level of the body during diarrhea. Potassium rich foods are also important, which may be lost in large quantities through diarrhea. Here is the list of foods that you can offer to your baby during diarrhea:

Breast milk (0+ month): Breast milk passes antibodies from mother to the baby to fight against infections such as diarrhea. It is also a great source of probiotics (gut friendly bacteria) for babies, which contributes to the establishment of the infant’s gut microbiota. (How to heal the gut of the child?)

Banana (6 months+): Banana is best to give during diarrhea as it helps to harden the stool. Banana is the rich source of potassium, which helps to balance electrolytes lost due to frequent loose motions. It is a rich source of iron and fiber which contributes to a healthy digestive tract. It is a superfood which can be used as a complete plant to treat digestion. (How to use banana stem in food everyday?)

Carrots (6 months+): Carrots are rich in iron, calcium, vitamin A and fiber. It helps in adding bulk and binds the stool which helps in diarrhea. Go for steamed mashed or pureed carrots for your little one. (Prebiotics for kids to help with digestion?)

Nutmeg (6 months+): Nutmeg or Jaiphal has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce microbial infection and reduces the intestinal inflammation. It also has anti-secretory components which helps to reduce the loss of fluid from the body during diarrhea. You can make the powder by rubbing nutmeg on the stone grinder. Give your baby a pinch of this powder with some water. This is also great to treat cold and cough. (Foods and remedies to help with cold and flu)

Rice water (6 months+): Rice water is starchy water left after rice is cooked. It is a great source of energy, as it contains carbohydrates. It also maintains the fluid level of the body and decreases the frequency of stool.

Moong dal (mung bean) (6 months+):  Mung bean (Moong dal) is an outstanding prebiotic,which helps to maintain gut health. Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, It helps in digestion and adds more bulk to stool. It is extremely high in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kids energetic.(Why to sprout beans for kids?)

Sabudana (sago) (7 months+): Sabudana is a rich source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamin K, calcium and potassium. It helps to retain fluid in the intestine and to thicken loose motions, hence control the frequency of bowel movements.

Buttermilk (7 months+): Buttermilk is rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein, carbohydrates and low in fat. It has great probiotics properties that help to increase the production of good bacteria in the digestive tract, which improves kids gut health, boosts immunity and prevents acidity. It helps to ease the discomfort in the digestive tract. (Nutritious summer drinks for kids keep hydrated)

Boiled potato (8 months+): Potatoes are easy to digest and best to give your baby during diarrhea as it is high in carbohydrate and provides adequate energy that is lost during loose motion.

Coconut water (8 months+): It is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium, fiber and natural enzymes, which promotes proper digestion. Coconut water is rich in nutrients and electrolytes, which makes it an excellent choice to control dehydration. (Coconut remedy for cough for kids)

Recipe for Whole grain Cake cum Bar (with hidden herbs and nuts)

We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty products for kids!!

We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty products for kids!!

We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

  • ½ cup mix of whole grain flakes (oats, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, amaranth)
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (peanut or other)
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ⅓ cup melon seeds
  • Handful choco chip
  • 4 tbsp dark chocolate spread or Iyurved’s 7 nuts and 5 herbs chocolate spread (order here)
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch baking powder (optional)
  • Handful cranberry dried (optional)
  • Mix well. Preheat 5min, 200 C
  • Bake 20min for cake
  • Bake 30min for crispy bar

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Benefit of eating Apple and Banana for Kids

There is a famous children’s rhyme- I like to eat eat eat Apple and Bananas…which too agrees to the power of these fruits. Just one each of these fruits can meet over 50% Fibre and Vitamin C requirement for the day, solving for Digestion and Immunity.

Vitamin C is neither produced not stored in the body. Hence it becomes imperative to consume it everyday. It is a powerful antioxidant which protects the body against free radical damage that can lead to serval diseases in the long run. Vitamin C is also important for the formation of collagen protein which is found in skin, bones and teeth. Deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to susceptibility to infections, aging, bleeding gums and slow healing.

Apples should be mashed or steamed or blended for consumption but never juiced. All the fibre of the fruit is strained out when it is juiced. The polyphenols present in the skin of the apple are also separated out while juicing. Polyphenol is an antioxidant which helps to fight diseases. In simple words, it will balance the negative impact of consuming other fast-foods. Several studies reveal the benefits of consuming 400mg of this compound to work its magic on making body healthy and disease free. Hence, always consume an apple with the skin.

Banana and apple are great sources of natural fibre. The moment you remove the skin of the apple, you reduce the fibre by 50%. Kids needs 15-20g of fibre based on their age/ weight. One apple with skin can give roughly 5g of fibre. One banana has 3g of fibre.

  • Kids nowadays consume 1/10th fibre of what was consumed centuries ago. Processed, easy-to-gulp food has taken priority. This has resulted in extreme digestion issues.
  • Banana is high in fibre and prebiotics, both of which support smooth digestion.
  • 1 Apple provides roughly 400mg of Polyphenol, which is enough for the day.

Mostly kids enjoy eating apple and banana for their snack. They are the easiest source of added fibre and Vitamin C along with varied nutrients in daily diet. In addition to fighting infection, Vitamin C also helps in absorbing Iron in the body. Iron is important for high energy levels as it helps in blood production in the body (haemoglobin).

These fruits also help in keeping kids full for a longer duration due to high fibre content. This helps in controlling the prevalent binge eating trend in kids nowadays which causes childhood obesity and other health issues.

Finally, in addition to fibre and vitamin C, apple also has a compound Quercetin which favours Brain health and impacts better memory and cognitive ability in kids.

Recipe for Apple and Banana Muffins (with hidden herbs and nuts)

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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) fruits, veggies, herbs and nuts.

Recipe:

  • 2 eggs or 2 tbsp chia or flaxseeds powder soaked in 6 tbsp warm water till it becomes lumpy
  • 2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • 1.5 cup wholewheat flour or almond flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 small apple cut in small chunks
  • Honey (optional)
  • Chocochips (optional)
  • Preheat oven at 175 celcius for 5 min.
  • Mix eggs/ chia or flax paste, banana, and butter or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here) in a bowl.
  • Add flour, baking soda, apple chunks, salt to the bowl and Mix well. Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture
  • Taste the mixture for sweetness or else add honey
  • Divide batter to muffin pan or moulds.
  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick/ knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack and eat!
  • Feel free to add chocolate chips to the mixture
  • Add melted dark chocolate or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts choco spread (order here) on top (optional)

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What is with Saturated fat nuts ghee

Do you know that from the moment we are born, we begin to latch (pun intended) onto Saturated fat? Breast milk is a high source of saturated fat, formed naturally and is unprocessed. Now… if saturated fat is so bad, then why does the world go ga-ga over feeding only breast milk to a new born for as long as possible?

Olive! Another high source of saturated fat, key part of traditional diet of Middle Easterners, naturally occurring and unprocessed.

Coconut, high source of saturated fat, naturally occurring and unprocessed, loved by most of the Asians since forever.

The list is not long but it is intriguing. Nuts, Avocado and Ghee are few more examples.

  • On a very high level- there are two kinds of cholesterol- LDL (bad) and HDL (good). Saturated fat from the natural food sources actually increases both LDL and HDL. However, within LDL, there are two types as well- Type A and Type B. With the consumption of saturated fat from natural food sources, studies reveal that only type A LDL increases which doesn’t impact the heart. It is type B of LDL that impacts the heart, and that’s sourced primarily from refined carbohydrates (processed/comfort foods). Hence, it is advised to eat whole grains where the ratio of fibre to carbs is higher.

Our body needs saturated fat from natural sources. They help to fix hormones that can otherwise cause the body to go haywire impacting weight, mood, acne, bloating, PCOS, thyroid, sleep and the list goes on. Our brain, that is just 2% of our body mass but consumes 25% energy of the body, needs fat to perform efficiently for life. Saturated fat also stays inside the body cells to build a defence system and attack viruses and bacterias.

If you look around to find a food which has both high level of carbohydrates and saturated fat existing together, you might not be able to. Do you know that nature has not designed any food where saturated fat and carbs are combined? Generally speaking, fruits and veggies are mostly carbs or fibre. If you pick up any grain, then they are mostly protein or carbs. Can you think of any example with both saturated fat and carbs?

The most commonly loved and preferred food, nowadays, are fries, burger, chips, doughnuts etc. They are excellent examples of processed foods where both saturated fat and carbs are combined. They don’t occur naturally around us like a fruit or vegetable or whole grains. These are processed foods and hence can be harmful for the body. Interestingly, a study revealed that this kind of a processed food combination confuses and falsely tricks the brain into valuing this meal higher in nutrition (fat and carbs), releasing higher amount of dopamine (a feeling of reward) and ultimately resulting in more craving for the same.

So you can safely go back to those nuts, avocado, coconut and other naturally occurring saturated fats which haven’t been processed and combined with carbs. And keep a distance from saturated fats which are manufactured and combined with carbs in the form of fast-foods.

Recipe for Millet Pizza with hidden Veggies and herbs

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

  • ½ cup Jowar (sorghum)
  • ⅓ cup wheat or tapioca flour
  • ½ cup cooked oat
  • Salt and oregano
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Water to make a soft dough

Mix all this and make a soft sticky dough. Leave to rise for an hour.

Sauce:

  • Preheat oven for 5 min. Roll pizza and apply Iyurved’s herb and nut spread and pizza sauce. Sprinkle cheese, bake for 10 min at 220C.

Kids LOVE it and never notice the hidden veggies, herbs and nuts!

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Food to manage body-ache, menstruation, irritable mood, hyperactivity and anxiety

Food choices can directly impact stress levels in the body. Consuming refined or processed carbs like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice can directly increase the blood sugar in the body and ultimately impact stress levels. On the contrary, foods which are whole grains like amaranth, buckwheat, barley or other high fibre foods can control the spike in blood sugar and manage stress. Fibre rich foods are suitable to beat stress as they release a brain calming chemical called serotonin in the body.

In addition to fibre, research has found that intake of Magnesium can help manage stress and anxiety in kids. In our body, Magnesium is responsible for nerve transmission and nerve-muscle coordination. In other words, it protects against the excessive excitement in a child (which can be traumatic). There is enough research going on how Magnesium can help in fixing or preventing neurological disorders.

Traditionally, if we look back centuries ago, Sendha namak or Epsom salt has been used to heal, relax and calm the body nerves. Epsom salt is actually not a salt but a mineral called Magnesium sulfate. Soaking body or feet in this mineral enables absorption of decent quantity through skin which results in relaxing nerves and muscles.

Studies indicate that roughly 50% kids don’t meet the daily Magnesium requirement. Magnesium is one of the top four abundant minerals in the body. So, any deficiency of this mineral will easily reflect in daily life. Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow and keeping stress low. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps and irritable mood. For kids who deal with Asthma, which is on a rise due to hazardous air quality levels, magnesium can help. This Marvellous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyper activity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body.

Spinach, beans, chia seed, sunflower seed, cumin, whole wheat flour, milk, yogurt, almond, peanut, cashew, quinoa are great sources of this mineral. Just 1 wholewheat roti/ paratha can meet 15% daily requirement of this mineral. In addition, 10 almonds or cashews will give 10% and 1 cup spinach will give 20%. However, a diet high in processed food can cause excretion of Magnesium through urine.

  • Magnesium also helps to absorb Vitamin-D in our body, which in turn helps to absorb Calcium in our bones. Hence, lack of this powerful mineral will directly result in weaker bones, teeth, hair and nails. Weaker bones (lethargy) further adds to irritation and stress in kids.
  • Migraine is one of the most common neuro disorders which too has shown improvement with the consumption of Magnesium.
  • Anxiety and Depression have impacted hundreds of millions of people across the world. Dietary intake of magnesium has been offered as a possible treatment, in addition to therapy.

So Yes! Magnesium is vital for every kid. Next time when your child has some tired muscles or cramp, use the magnesium salt with water to dip their feet in and let that table salt be on the table only!

Recipe for Quinoa Peas Meal

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique product is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food tasty and nutritious with herbs and nuts.

  • ½ cup quinoa boiled in equal water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • ½ cup peas
  • 1 pod garlic and ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • lemon juice fresh
  • green chilli chopped (optional)
  • salt
  • Chopped handful coriander

Heat oil in pan. Add cumin ginger garlic and onion. Saute for a minute. Add peas. Add salt. Add chillies. Cook for 3 min. Add boiled quinoa (no water at all). Cook for 5 min. Add lots of lemon juice to taste spicy salty and sour. All flavours! Garnish with coriander. Serve!

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Baby’s first foods: How to introduce solids?

Till 6 months of age it is advised to keep the baby on breast feed only. Mother’s milk has all required nutrients which help the baby grow healthy and strong and also protects from infections. It has antibodies which help babies to fight off viruses and bacteria. It also makes the baby’s immune system strong. Mothers always have a question in mind when to start baby food? After completing 6 months your infant’s body needs more nutrition for proper growth and development. This is the time to introduce solids. It is a slow and careful transition to solids. As a baby’s digestive system is still not mature enough, you have to keep a close check on food items you are preparing for him/her. The best way to start solids is with pureed and mashed foods. Each food that you are introducing has to have some nutritional purpose as you are building the foundation for a healthy body.

When to start baby food?

Baby is now ready to start solids. Parents would notice baby showing more interest in what others are eating than his/her own milk bottle. This signals their desire and readiness to start trying more flavours. For babies just beginning to eat, it’s important to introduce all sorts of veggies and fruits. This is the time when they are slowly going off breast feed and need solid food to build immunity and support growth of brain, bones, eye-vision and overall body. Every food chosen has to have a nutritional purpose. Please keep this in mind that even a single junk food can prove to be a wasted opportunity, since the opportunity to feed is limited in babies. (How does sugar impact kids bones?)

Baby’s first foods:

Banana: Bananas are loaded with potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin and vitamin B6. They are also a rich source of prebiotic fiber that helps build a healthy digestive system. Banana is good for bones, improves brain power and cures constipation issues too. It is one of the best baby’s first foods to introduce. As it is sweet and creamy, babies also enjoy eating it. Initially you can start with giving half a small mashed banana. Later, a small banana per day is ideal for a kid. (Two fruits that must be given to small kids)

  • Mung bean/ Moong Dal: Mung bean is the safest and one of the best baby solid foods to start with. It is a great source of protein, iron, fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as probiotics. All of these nutrients are essential in babies growing years. It is an outstanding prebiotic and has been used in Ayurveda for over 1000 years to make medicines for digestion. It has resistant starch which helps in digestion. Begin with cooked mung bean soup and slowly transition to soft cooked mung bean porridge. Always remember to soak and sprout the bean since it makes it easy for a baby to digest. You may use any- hulled mung bean or those with green covering. (Easy recipe to make wraps with hidden veggies)
  • Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes have nutrients that make it the preferred choice for baby solid food. Being rich in fiber, it can help prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. It is loaded with beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A. It should be included in every baby’s diet plan as vitamin A can be beneficial for your baby’s eye health. It also has a good amount of vitamin C and vitamin E which helps in strengthening the immune system. You can feed it in the form of puree as it is easier for them to digest. (Easy recipe of healthy fries that kids love)
  • Carrot: Carrots are good baby solid food to start due to its smooth texture, sweet taste and nutritional values. It is a good source of vitamin A which is important for eye health, vitamin B6 which can provide the best skin, hairs and helps in better liver functioning. It is also rich in fiber thus, helps to prevent constipation in babies. Finely chop or grate carrot and boil it. Retain the water to make puree or to mash it. (How to retain Vitamin A in food?)
  • Apple: Apple is one of the safest and full of nutritious solid food for babies to start with. Babies love its sweet flavour. It is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber thus easily gets digested by babies. As it is full of carbohydrates, it provides energy to the baby to stay active. Apple skin contains quercetin, a type of plant pigment flavonoid that helps to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. It is considered as one of the baby’s first foods.  You can introduce apples in puree form to your baby. (How does apple cider vinegar help with hair?)
  • Broccoli: Broccoli has numerous health benefits. It is a powerhouse of nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and folate. It also has minerals including zinc and iron. It provides a strong boost to strengthen the baby’s immune system. Vitamin A helps to promote eye health. As a rich source of iron it prevents anaemia by increasing haemoglobin level in blood. Broccoli contains fiber which helps to fix any kind of digestive disorder and constipation. (How to keep the eyes of a child healthy?)
  • Potato: It is considered as one of the safest foods to introduce as a baby’s first food. It is a good source of carbohydrates and provides energy to your growing baby. Vitamin C, starch and various enzymes in it nourishes baby’s skin. It also helps babies to gain healthy weight. Phosphorus in it contributes to building strong bones. It contains resistant starch which boosts healthy gut bacteria growth and promotes digestive health. Steam the potato or boil it and retain the water. The skin of potato has nutritious fiber which is great for digestion and gut health.

Pear: Pear is a nourishing food that can add more nutritional value to your baby’s diet. It is a good source of dietary fiber. It provides essential nutrients as it is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. It contains pectin, a water soluble fiber and sorbitol, a compound that retains water in the large intestine, which helps to prevent constipation and promotes bowel movements by loosening the hard stool. Pear with peel contains polyphenols, a bioactive compound that boosts immunity by combating free radicals. You can start with peeled and cooked puree or mashed ones as baby solid food.

  • Pumpkin seeds: You can safely introduce pumpkin seeds to your baby after crossing 6 months of age. It has all essential vitamins and minerals needed for proper development in babies. It is rich in calcium and magnesium which helps in building strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus in it promotes brain functioning, helps in metabolism and improves in functioning of muscles too. As an excellent source of fiber, it supports digestive health and regulates baby’s bowel movement. Decent amount of vitamin C in it boosts immunity and protects the baby against cold and flu. Tryptophan in it produces amino acid serotonin that helps induce calmness and makes your baby relax and sleep better. (Easy spreads made of seeds and nuts for kids)

Finger millet (Ragi): Ragi is one of the super foods with numerous health benefits. It is the richest source of calcium and vitamin D. Both of these nutrients are vital for proper development of bones and teeth in babies. Calcium in it easily get absorbed by the body and beneficial for babies during the teething phase. It also prevents malnutrition in babies as it has high protein content. Ragi is loaded with a high level of dietary fiber thus, preventing constipation. Insoluble fiber in it promotes easy digestion of foods in babies. While preparing ragi porridge for babies, dry roast it thoroughly for at least 10 minutes. (Foods to keep the bones of a child strong?)

Sorgam (Jowar): Sorghum can provide nutrition to fulfil baby’s growing development requirements. It is a gluten free grain and a super healthy option for babies. Sorghum is rich in veriety of nutrients including magnesium that helps in bone formation, b vitamins that play essential role in metabolism and skin and hair health. This grain is great source of protein and contributes to good health in all manners.

Barnyard millets (Sanwa rice): Millet is the most nutritious food to start after the baby completes 6 months. It is a rich source of dietary fiber including both soluble and insoluble fiber. It prevents constipation, cramps, bloating and excess gas issues in babies. It is also a great source of digestible protein which makes it light food to digest.

Oats: Oats are rich in many essential nutrients. It has a large amount of proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, vitamins and minerals. Minerals like calcium and phosphorus in it helps in building strong bones, magnesium generates energy and promotes bone and dental health, potassium and sodium in it maintain the balance of electrolyte in the baby’s body and zinc boosts brain development. It is an excellent source of fiber which enhances gut health. (Best immunity building foods for kids)

Tapioca: It is considered as one of the excellent foods for babies to start with. It has numerous health benefits. It is loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin K which are key minerals for baby’s bone development. It also helps to cure digestive ailments including indigestion, bloating and constipation. Starch in it is packed with carbohydrates which provide energy to the baby throughout the day and helps to gain weight. It is also a good source of protein thus aids muscle development by strengthening them. It tops in one of the best baby’s  first food categories.

  Adding herbs to baby food:

Depending on the mother’s feed, babies often get introduced to basic properties and a little bit of a taste of variety of herbs before starting solids. Mother’s diet influences the flavour of breast milk too. Like this before starting a solid baby has ideas of some flavours. As it is not advisable to add salt and sugar in baby’s food, a pinch of cinnamon powder in porridge, a small chopped clove of garlic in veggies puree or pinch of cumin powder in mashed sweet potatoes can work well to let the baby explore the tastes. It will also encourage baby to try different foods with different flavours and set the foundation of healthy eating habits. Packed with vitamins and minerals, these herbs also have some nutritional purpose.

Cinnamon: This herb has anti- bacterial and antifungal properties. It has antioxidants which reduces inflammation. As it has prebiotics properties too, it relieves digestive disorders and may improve gut health. (How to make cinnamon candies for kids?)

Nutmeg: It is rich in many important B- complex vitamins. Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin and antioxidants like beta-carotene. It is also a great source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc which are essential for good health. Nutmeg has antibacterial properties that help in maintaining oral health. I

Cumin: Studies have shown that cumin promotes digestion by increasing pancreatic enzymes production. Cumin also has anti-diarrheal effects. Adding cumin powder in baby’s food can boost up the immature digestive system to break down food easily. It also helps in developing a strong immune system. It has a compound cuminaldehyde which directly kills disease causing bacteria and fungi. It is the best thing to add in your baby’s meal.

Mint: It is the best herb to add to your baby’s meal. It not only has a good taste but much other nutritional and medicinal value too. It helps in aiding tummy trouble and stomach cramping. It is a calming herb that helps to soothe upset stomach or digestive issues. (Summer drinks for kids hydration)

Turmeric: You can introduce turmeric to baby as soon as he starts eating solids. It has some bio-active compounds such as curcumin and curcuminoids that can boost baby’s immune system. It is related with effective pain management . In Ayurveda it is mentioned that turmeric has anti- inflammatory properties and it provides relief in respiratory issues like cough. Consumption of turmeric support digestive health by stimulating bile acid production. Adding small amount of turmeric in purees, soups and dals can benefit over all health. (Easy to feed turmeric balls during cold and flu)

Carom seeds: It has powerful anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Carom seed extract help to prevent and treat gas and indigestion. It is a common medication used to treat cough in India. You can start giving your baby little bit carom seed water after starting solids.

Mixed meals for baby:

When your baby starts eating individual food, it’s time to offer a mix of two foods. It is the stage when you know that the foods you have started are safe for the baby and he/ she is not allergic to any of them. Colour, texture and taste are the most important thing to be taking care of while preparing meals for your babies. Aim for variety as it will help babies to develop eating habits. Always try to prepare fresh meals for babies. Some basic recipes are easy to make and best to introduce as meals. (Foods and remedies that will help in teething)

  • Rice-Mung bean/ Moong Dal porridge: It is the best meal you can make for your baby. Full of nutrition and easy to digest, this rice and mung bean combination is liked by babies too. To increase its nutritional value you can gradually add boiled mashed veggies to it like carrots, finely chopped spinach or any from below. It will help babies to develop taste and get other nutrients from vegetables. Always sprout the beans or any lentil to make it easy for the baby to digest.
  • Oats porridge (Daliya): It is an easy meal for you to prepare with lots of health benefits. It can be cooked like porridge. You can add any legume like Mung bean or soy bean or puree of veggies from below along with a little bit of cumin powder to it to add flavour. It can be cooked with little milk too and served with a puree of fruits mentioned above. Adding a pinch of nutmeg powder will add fragrance and flavour to it and enhance nutritional value.
  • Tapioca pearls porridge (Sabudana kheer): It is an easy recipe that you can give to your baby. Wash tapioca and soak them overnight. Take a pan and add a little water, milk and tapioca. Cook till it becomes soft. You can add a pinch of cinnamon powder to enhance flavour. Adding fruit puree from below to this mixture when its cooled down is a way of making the meal sweet and complete with nutrition. Adding dates or fig puree is also a way to sweeten the meal and making it rich in Iron. (How does eating fast-food harm kids calcium?)
Steamed and mashed butternut squash/ pumpkin with red skin potato. Add milk to make smooth paste. Add any seasoning of herbs or spices like cumin powder, cinnamon or nutmeg powder.
Steamed pear (not boiled) with skin and mashed or pureed together with Banana.
Steamed carrot and pureed with boiled rice. Add seasoning or cumin powder or herbs.
Mashed banana
Steamed pumpkin and pureed. Add cinnamon powder as seasoning.
Steamed (not boiled) apple with skin, pureed with grapes and banana.
Clean potato extremely well. Steam or boil with skin and use the water and skin to make puree. Save potato water to use later, if extra.
Steam broccoli, beans and peas. Puree and add cumin powder seasoning or herbs.
Steam cauliflower. Add cooked mung bean/ moong dal and puree. Add herbs or seasoning.
Steam small portion of beetroot and puree with cooked rice. Add herbs or seasoning.
Steam corn and pumpkin. Puree with cooked mung bean/ moong dal.
Clean extremely well. Steam sweet potato with skin. Puree with milk.
Tapioca/ Sabudana porridge/ Kheer boiled with Milk.
Oats cooked with water or milk and served with mashed fruits
Mung bean and rice porridge, cooked soft with veggie puree.

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5 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR KIDS GUT HEALTH

Almost all of the nutrients that we get from foods are absorbed by our gut. It plays an important role in keeping kids healthy, both physically and mentally. Kids gut health is vital for their overall well being as it influences many aspects of health including metabolism, immune system, nervous system and digestive tract. Child gets his/ her gut microbiome (living bacteria in gut) at the time of birth and it is set up in early childhood. Children’s microbiome (living bacteria in gut) remains flexible before the age of four or five. This is a good time to build a strong and healthy gut among them. The key nutrients absorbed in the gut are iron, protein, carbohydrates and fat. All these nutrients are essential for kid’s overall growth and development. Most of the bacterias in our body are good for us. A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria that not only helps in proper digestion, but also fight with infectious disease causing bacteria, virus and fungi (bad bacteria). Kids gut health says a lot about their internal health.  If you want to set your child up for a lifetime of good health, it is essential to flourish kids gut health with healthy bacteria. According to a study, having good bacteria in the gut can improve immune system, hormones, depression and provide several other health benefits like healing, weight gain for kids.

 Signs of an unhealthy Gut

There are many factors that affect kids gut health such as eating too much processed and high sugar food, stress, too little sleep and taking excessive antibiotics. All of these lead to damage to kids gut health which results in many health issues. Here are some common problems that may occur due to unhealthy gut:

Stomach discomfort: If your child has symptoms such as gas bloating, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and stomach ache, these can be a sign of an unhealthy gut and it is due to the bacteria living inside gut, intestines, stomach, and colon. These bacteria are called microbiome and symptoms of stomach discomfort occur when the balance of bacteria is not right. (How to know if the digestive system needs help?)

Craving for sugar: it has been studied that gut bacteria releases special proteins that are similar to hunger regulating hormones (leptin and ghrelin) which affect both your kids food craving and mood. When you take a high sugar diet, the amount of good bacteria in your gut decreases and this imbalance can cause more craving for sugary food, which results in further damage to your kids gut health. (How does sugar and sugary foods can harm the bones of the child?)

Skin irritation: Gut health plays a vital role in keeping your skin clear and healthy. The bacteria in the gut influence the balance of skin bacteria. Imbalance of gut bacteria can cause skin issues in both kids and adults. Skin condition like eczema and dryness may occur due to unhealthy gut. (Home remedies to solve allergy in kids)

Sleep: An unhealthy gut can also affect your sleep and leave you feeling tired during the entire day. Almost all of the body’s serotonin (a happy hormone that affects sleep) is produced in the gut. So if the gut is imbalanced, it may lead to sleep deprivation. (Foods that can help with sleep)

Immunity: 70-80% of immune cells are located in the gut (large intestine). This is also home to 100 trillion bacteria (gut microorganisms). There is enough research linking gut bacteria to immunity. The shift in lifestyle, rising pollution, use of antibiotics, and processed food consumption has all together impacted the quality of bacteria in our gut. This has contributed to compromised immunity in kids and adults. (Foods to increase immunity in kids)

5 ways to boost kids Gut Health

Eat fermented foods (probiotics): Probiotics are live bacteria (naturally occurring in food) that are good for you, your digestion and for your GUT!. Fermented foods are the most natural source of live bacteria that is Probiotics. There is no recommended daily intake for probiotics, so there is no way to know exactly what quantity is best. Therefore, add as many fermented foods to your daily diet as possible like yogurt, kefir. They can also be found in other fermented foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi. Probiotics are one of the best foods for digestion problems. (Easy probiotics for kids)

Feed bacteria (prebiotics): Prebiotics is a source of food for your gut’s healthy bacteria. It is a food which does not get fully digested in the body and reaches the large intestine (commonly known as GUT). The good bacteria in the large intestine eat this food and flourishes. Good bacteria multiply and win over the bad bacteria. (Recipe of probiotic food)

Hydration: If you keep yourself hydrated, it has positive effects on the mucosal lining of the intestine, as well as on the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Water intake is as important for the gut as food intake. You can also offer your kids coconut water, buttermilk and other healthy summer drinks to keep them hydrated.

Limit processed food and eat fiber rich food: High consumption of ultra-processed food and low consumption of fiber and vegetables results in an unhealthy gut. Most of the processed food contains a lot of sugar, artificial colors, flavours and unhealthy fats which have diverse and less healthy gut flora. On the other hand fiber is fuel for colon cells and helps to keep the digestive tract flowing. Always encourage your child to make healthy food choices. (What does junk food do to kids organs?)

Outdoor activity and exercise: Outdoor playing and exercise is essential for overall well being and stomach health. Regular exercise and physical activities encourages the intestine to speed up a lethargic digestive system and help to get waste moving through the body. Always encourage your kids for daily outdoor activity to maintain a healthy gut.

 Best food for Digestion problem

Yogurt: Yogurt is one of the best sources of probiotics, which helps in strengthening digestive tract and promotes gut health. It is high in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics which can enhance the good bacteria in the gut. Yogurt is the best food for kids gut health.

Kefir: kefir is a combination of bacteria and yeast fermentation. The process of making is similar to yogurt, but the fermentation process in Kefir is for 24 hours. It has a tangy flavour and a consistency similar to a drinkable yogurt. It is a rich source of probiotics that can help maintain gut health, proper digestion and support the immune system. Kefir is one of the best foods for digestion problems.

Sprouted grains: The concentration of fibre increases in sprouted grains. Fiber is one of the most important components for maintaining gut health. Fiber nourishes the good bacteria in the gut and promotes elimination and detoxification of the colon. (What benefit does sprouting give?)

Garlic: garlic is a prebiotic, naturally high in inulin, a type of non- digestible carbohydrate that feeds the good bacteria in your gut and prevents disease promoting bacteria from growing at the same time. Pickled garlic is best for kids gut health. (How to fix tonsils in kids?)

Moong Dal/ Mung bean: Mung bean (Moong dal) is an outstanding prebiotic. It has been used in Ayurveda for over 1000 years to make medicine for digestion. Other than being a food for the bacteria in the Gut, it is the most powerful antioxidant amongst all lentils, and also loaded with many micro-nutrients. Mung beans are extremely high in Protein, which digests slowly and keeps the kids energetic and Fit. (Mung Bean sweet balls/ Laddoo that great for digestion and immunity)

Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV has protein, enzymes and bacteria themselves that make it best for gut health, this could prevent gas and bloating. It also has an antimicrobial substance which may help in killing bad bacteria in the gut. ACV enables growth of ‘beneficial bacteria in the body which help in digesting food and absorbing essential nutrients. Please check the label before giving it to kids. (How to make ACV jellies?)

Isabgol (psyllium husk): Isabgol is driven from the seeds of plantago ovate. It is considered to have probiotic potential, which supports the growth of beneficial bacteria and increases the production of short chain fatty acids, which has positive effects on colonic health. Psyllium is also rich in fiber contents and has the ability to absorb water that means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movement easier. (Recipe of psyllium husk pizza)

Fermented food: people are using fermentation techniques from ages to boost food’s shelf life and to increase its nutritive values. It’s a process through which microorganisms like yeast and bacteria convert the carbohydrates in the food to acids, which act as a natural preservative and promotes the growth of good bacteria (probiotics). Some fermented foods are kimchi, made from fermented vegetables such as radish and cabbage, it’s a popular Korean dish. Miso is a Japanese seasoning, made from fermented soybeans. Sauerkraut is a traditional food of Europe and made from fermenting finely chopped cabbage. Traditional buttermilk, it is the leftover liquid from making butter and contains lots of probiotics. (Recipe of fermented sweet for kids)

Banana stem: banana stem is great for the digestive system, as it is 60% fiber, which helps in bowel movement and contributes to the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. It also helps in flushing out toxins from the body and helps to maintain proper gut health. Banana stem is extremely high in Vitamin B6, which keeps hemoglobin high, gives ample energy and helps kids fight weakness, fatigue and crankiness. (Recipe of banana stem Paratha or flat bread)

Kanji: kanji is a popular Indian fermented drink, which contains lots of gut friendly bacteria (probiotics) which aids in digestion and reduces bloating, gas and promotes a healthy gut. It has a tangy, spice and tart flavor. In India, it is used as a detox drink after festival binge eating, which helps in digestive issues. However there are many ways of making kanji, the most popular is carrot kanji. It is made by fermenting carrot along with salt, mustard seeds and asafetida (heeng). (Summer drinks for kids that are nutritious)

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What does Sugar or Bread do to your Kid’s bones?

During the early years, the bones of kids develop and grow while also being depleted at the same time. If the consumption of calcium, Vitamin D and other required minerals are sufficient, the health of bones will be positive. If the consumption of required vitamins and minerals are less, the depletion of bones will soon take over resulting is much weaker bones and easy fractures.

We have already talked about how refined Sugar harm our body. Now, lets see how it can damage the bones too.

Sugar can be consumed in many forms like Bread which is extremely high in added sugar and one of the most staple food in every household for kids. Other common sources of sugar are white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, cookies, candy, donut, cake, canned drinks, packed juices, bottled shakes and smoothies, granola bars, sauces, jams and many others. Such intake on a regular basis can deplete four of the best bone-friendly nutrients from your child’s body.

Calcium + Phosphorous

Calcium combines with phosphorous to make calcium phosphate which is most important component for our bones. When sugar is consumed, there is acid that’s released in the body. In order to balance this acid, calcium is extracted from the bones resulting in Calcium deficient weaker bones.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D assists in absorption of Calcium by the bones. Consumption of sugar increases an enzyme that degrades vitamin D and thereby also results in reduced absorption of calcium by the bones. Double whammy!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps to make collagen and also delays the decaying process of bones. Sugar intake restricts the absorption of this vitamin into our body cells resulting in weaker bones.

Magnesium

Magnesium works on keeping the bones strong. Sugar strips the body of magnesium too by releasing it out through urine.

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CHILDHOOD OBESITY AND WEIGHT PROBLEMS

As a parent, you might find your full-cheeked baby cute, but later on, this baby fat might become a health concern for your child. Almost 25% of kids and teenagers in developed countries are overweight or obese and hence childhood obesity is becoming a rising concern for parents.

 What is childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity is a medical condition affecting children and adolescents and it means abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in the body. Overweight and obesity indicates a weight that is greater than what is healthy. Childhood obesity is determined by measuring the Body Mass Index (BMI) of a child. A person’s weight and height is used to calculate his or her BMI. For children, BMI is calculated as a percentile, which plots the child’s BMI as compared to other children of the same age and sex. If your child’s BMI falls between 5th percentile to 84th percentile, then he/she comes under the healthy weight category. BMI between 85th to 94th percentile comes in overweight category and beyond 95th percentile is considered as obese category. Your child’s doctor will usually calculate his or her BMI at each routine appointment in order to track his or her growth. Though BMI is a good indicator of obesity, it may be misleading in a few cases when children are experiencing periods of rapid growth. Keeping a close check over this problem is a must. The risks associated with childhood obesity may affect your child later in life, which includes, diabetes, asthma and heart diseases. In some cases, it may also take an emotional toll on the child leading to poor self-esteem and depression.

 What are the causes of childhood obesity?

Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the basic steps towards a longer and healthier life. You can maintain your current body weight, if you burn the same amount of calories (by physical activities) that you have consumed (through food) in a day. If you burn more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight and if you burn less calories than what you consume, then you tend to gain weight. This is the basic principle behind weight science.  

 Mentioned below is the science behind the causes of obesity in children:

Poor eating habits: Regularly consuming high calorie processed foods like fast foods, baked foods, candy, desserts, sugary drinks and vending machine snacks are some of the major causes of obesity in children.

Lack of physical activity/exercise: Children who don’t exercise much and are physically less active are more likely to gain weight, as they don’t burn as many calories as they are consuming and this leads to excessive weight gain.

Family reasons: If your child belongs to a family of overweight people, he or she is more likely to put on weight as poor food habits and less active lifestyle will be passed on to your child as well.

Psychological Reasons: Personal, parental and social stress puts a child at a greater risk of obesity because to cope with the stress or anxiety, the child tends to overeat and this causes weight gain or obesity. 

Socioeconomic factors: In some communities, people may have limited resources and limited access to supermarkets. Consequently, they might buy convenience foods that don’t spoil quickly, such as frozen meals, crackers and cookies. Also, people who live in lower income neighborhoods might not have access to a safe place to exercise or workout on a daily basis, which may lead to the cause of obesity.

Genetic reasons: In some cases, child obesity might be linked to genetic factors as well. About 200-300 genes have been identified as risk factors for weight gain. Most of them drive our urges to eat more and crave high-energy foods while others cause low or imbalanced metabolism. 

Medications: Many commonly used medications may cause weight gain. The amount of weight gain may vary depending on the patient and type of medication. Weight gain because of medication can be through some mechanism like stimulation of appetite, stimulation of fat storage, slowed metabolism, fluid retention or impaired exercise tolerance.

Hormonal Issues: Hormonal changes or imbalance is also one of the causes for obesity in children especially in teens as their body is undergoing a lot of changes. Other Hormonal abnormalities that lead to increased weight gain in children typically are associated with short stature or poor height growth. Examples of such conditions include hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, or growth hormone deficiency. (Foods to help in fixing hormonal imbalance)

 Complications or Risks of Childhood obesity later in life:

Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes affects the way your child’s body uses sugar (glucose). Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase the risk of type 2 diabetes among children.

High Cholesterol and High blood pressure: Obesity and poor eating habits can cause your child to develop one or both of these conditions leading to heart attack or stroke later in life. (Which fat is beneficial for the body?)

Joint pain: Extra weight causes extra stress on hips and knees. Childhood obesity can cause pain and sometimes injuries in the hips, knees and back. (Foods that help with bones)

Breathing problems: Asthma is more common in children who are overweight and asthma patients are also more likely to develop obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder in which a child’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD): This disorder, which usually causes no symptoms, causes fatty deposits to build up in the liver. NAFLD can lead to scarring and liver damage. (How to control fatty liver disease?)

 How to prevent childhood obesity

Physical activity: Engaging your kids in regular physical activities like running, cycling, swimming or any outdoor sports can help them to maintain a healthy weight.

Good sleep: Some studies suggest that too little sleep might increase the risk of obesity as sleep deprivation causes hormonal imbalance which can lead to increased appetite. Ideally, kids need 9 to 11 hours of sleep and teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Early and good sleep is essential for proper growth and metabolism that helps maintain their body weight. Ensure that your child gets enough and sound sleep. (Foods that help to sleep better)

Family time: Spend more of family time together by involving in some games and physical activities like hiking, swimming etc. This will help them to be physically active and also gives an opportunity for both the parent and the kid to bond well. During teen years, it becomes very important to talk to kids and understand them to see if the child is facing any emotional/psychological challenges or problems.

Screen time: Limit the screen time of your kids. Kids who spend several hours a day watching television, playing computer games, or using their smartphones or other devices are more likely to be overweight. According to studies reported by the Harvard School of Public Health, the reason for this may be twofold. Firstly, screen time eats into time that could be spent doing physical activities instead. Secondly, more time in front of the TV means more time for snacking and more exposure to ads for the high-sugar, high-fat foods that make up most food marketing. (Foods that are good for eyesight)

Healthy eating habits: Healthy eating habits need to start with you as most kids eat what their parents buy and eat. Parental influence shapes a child’s eating patterns. Help your children stay healthier for longer by preparing nutritious foods for them and encouraging them to get plenty of exercise. You should pick healthier foods over processed foods and readily available packaged foods. Choose foods having more nutritional value than just empty calories. For example, instead of giving juices and soft drinks to your child, you can give water, buttermilk or low fat milk. (Summer drinks for kids which are nutritious too)

If you’re worried that your child is putting on too much weight, talk to his or her doctor. The doctor will consider your child’s history of growth and development, your family’s weight-for-height history, and where your child lands on the growth charts. This can help to determine if your child’s weight is in an unhealthy range or not. In case your child is advised to lose weight, it should be done with utmost care and caution. Parents must create a safe and sensitive weight loss plan in consultation with their pediatrician or dietitian or nutritionist. This is because a random weight loss plan can hamper the kid’s nutrition, growth and stress levels. 

 Food sources that can help to reduce obesity in children:

Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and fat and are very satiating.  Having eggs in breakfast can suppress your child’s appetite later in the day and hence help to lose weight.  

Leafy greens: Leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards are low in calories and carbohydrates but loaded with fiber which makes them perfect for weight loss.

Cruciferous vegetables: Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts are high in fiber and extremely fulfilling. Adding them in your child’s diet not only helps to lose weight but also improves their overall health.

Lean meat: Lean meats like chicken are high in protein and hence it is a weight-loss friendly food. Protein is the most filling nutrient, and eating a high-protein diet can make your child burn up to 80–100 more calories per day.

Tuna and Salmon fish: Tuna is an excellent, lean source of high-quality protein and replacing other macronutrients, such as carbs or fat, with protein is an effective weight loss strategy on a calorie-restricted diet. Salmon is loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats, iodine, omega 3 fatty acids and other important nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation which plays a major role in obesity. Mackerel, trout, sardines and other types of fatty fish are also good for weight loss.

Beans and legumes: Beans and legumes are a good addition to the weight loss diet as both are high in protein and fiber, contributing to the feeling of fullness and a lower calorie intake. (High fiber and protein recipe to make wrap with sprouted beans)

Soups:  Soups are high in water and nutrients which makes them an effective part of weight loss diet.

Avocados: Avocados are high in monounsaturated oleic acid and contain a lot of fiber and water, making it a good choice to be added in your child’s weight loss diet.

Nuts: Nuts are loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats and studies suggest that eating nuts improves metabolic health thereby promoting weight loss. Introduce your kids to nuts from an early age so that they develop the habit of eating nuts on a daily basis.

Whole grains: Whole grains such as oats, brown rice & quinoa are high in fiber and contain good amounts of proteins as well. Oats are loaded with beta-glucans, soluble fibers that have been found to increase satiety and improve metabolic health. (Multi grain and millet pizza recipe)

Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Fruits contain natural sugar, have a low energy density and take a while to chew. In addition, fiber in the fruits helps to block sugar from being released too quickly in the bloodstream. Encourage your child to eat fruits for snacks in place of chips/crackers and other packed foods. Vegetables are high in fiber, which help to fill you up. Since fiber takes a while to digest, it prevents child from overeating. Stir fry vegetables and salads are good options to be included in your child’s meal.

Grapefruit: Studies show that eating half a grapefruit before meals can lead to weight loss of 3.5 pounds (1.6kg) as it makes you feel satiated and you will consume fewer calories. Grapefruit also has reduced insulin resistance, a metabolic abnormality that is implicated in various chronic diseases.

Chia seeds: Chia seeds are full of many nutrients. It contains 12 grams of carbohydrates per ounce (28 grams), which is very high, but 11 of these grams are fiber. This makes chia seeds a low-carb food and also one of the best sources of fiber in the world. Being so high in fiber, chia seeds can absorb up to 11-12 times their weight in water, turning gel-like and expanding in your stomach and thereby reducing your appetite. The best way to include chia seeds in your child’s diet is in the form of lemonade drink. Mix one teaspoon chia seeds in a glass of water. Leave it for 15-20 minutes. Add lemon juice and honey/sugar and mix well. Serve it cold or at room temperature.

Coconut oil: All fats aren’t harmful. Totally eliminating fats from your child’s meal can affect their immune system, nervous system and overall health. Healthy fats are required by the body to create cell membranes. Coconut oil is high in fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).These MCTs have been found to boost satiety better than other fats and also increases the number of calories burned. Replace your cooking oil fats with healthier cooking oils like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.

Boiled potatoes: Potatoes are rich in potassium and vitamin C. They are great sources of fiber and healthy carbs. Potatoes are even very high on the Satiety Index, which means that after eating white, boiled potatoes, your kid will feel full and eat less of other foods. Sweet potatoes, turnip and other root vegetables are also good options.

Yogurt:  Yogurt is an excellent dairy food that contains probiotic bacteria which is very good for your gut health. Healthy gut helps to protect against inflammation and leptin resistance, which is one of the major hormonal causes of obesity.

Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese is high in protein and low in carbs and fat. It is a very good option for vegetarians to increase their protein intake and makes you feel full with less number of calories. It also contains calcium which may help in burning fat. (Which cheese is the best for kids?)

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