Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds for Kids

Most of us know pumpkin as the fruit used for decorating Jack-o’- lanterns for Halloween, but other than just being a decorative fruit or vegetable, pumpkin offers numerous health benefits to your kids. Pumpkins get a lot of attention for a good reason. This winter squash is not a vegetable, but rather a healthy fruit that also contains nutritious edible seeds. The origin of pumpkin is not known but there is evidence that pumpkins were grown in Mexico and North America about 5000 to 7000 BC. Apart from Mexico, pumpkins have also been found on almost all the continents except for Antarctica. Today, the biggest producers of pumpkin are the United States, Canada, India, China and Mexico. Native Americans have long been using pumpkin seeds both for dietary and medicinal purposes. There are numerous health benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids. These health benefits can range from improved brain development, help in getting sound sleep, improved liver health, possesses antimicrobial properties, improved urodynamics and supply of essential vitamins and minerals. Though there are various benefits of pumpkin seeds, yet they are not recommended for infants. The reason is that there is a risk of choking with pumpkin seeds. The risk of allergy for pumpkin seeds is less. But, if your kid has an allergy for seeds or nuts such as cashew, pistachio, Brazil nuts, hazel nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, etc, then perhaps you might have to rethink about giving pumpkin seeds. Consult your pediatrician before giving pumpkin seeds to your child.

 When can I start giving pumpkin seeds to my kids?

You can start giving pumpkin seeds to your toddler once he/she has strong enough teeth to chew regular solid food, which can usually be between 1 ½ years of age to 2 years of age. This is the age at which your baby has teeth strong enough to chew solid substances and more often the child is ready to eat adult meals, more or less. If you are still worried whether or not your child can chew the seeds, then you could simply grind the seeds and give it a kind of peanut butter consistency and start adding it to his or her diet. For this, you will need seeds in large quantities. You can prepare and store it in a jar. As your child grows older, you could make the consistency crunchier. An important thing to keep in mind is that when you start collecting these seeds from pumpkin fruit, make sure that before you serve the seeds to your child or if you’re trying to make a paste out of it, you need to remove the outer husk or layer that surrounds the seed. Although this is a time-consuming process, considering the benefits your child can get, it is worth the effort.

 Pumpkin seeds benefits for kids

Improves Brain Development: Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids are highly recommended for kids because of brain development. Brain development in children is as essential as the development of the rest of the body and this is one of the most important health benefits of pumpkin seeds. (Foods for your child’s brain development?)

Promotes sound sleep: Another benefit of pumpkin seeds is that they promote proper sleep in kids and adults. A study published in 2005 in Nutritional neuroscience suggested that consuming tryptophan alongside a carbohydrates source is one of the best ways to treat sleep deprivation. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which helps in producing serotonin and this in turn gets converted into melatonin which is a hormone that helps in getting better sleep. If your kid has trouble sleeping, having a few pumpkin seeds before bed with small amounts of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, may be beneficial in providing the body with tryptophan needed for melatonin production, which can lead to better sleep. For younger kids, powdered pumpkin seeds can be an option. (Why is sleep so important for your child’s brain development?)

Possesses Antimicrobial Properties: Pumpkin seeds also possess antimicrobial properties. Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds are effective in controlling bacteria such as S. aureus, E. coli and P. aeruginosa.

Improves Urodynamics: Traditionally, pumpkin seeds have been used for regulating passage of urine. Recent studies have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil can reduce bladder pressure, increase bladder compliance and reduce urethral pressure.

Rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body or naturally found in some foods that scavenge or neutralize the effects of cell damage by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of antioxidants. (What are antioxidants?)

High in magnesium: 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 marvelous mineral has calming effects and hence aids in reducing hyperactivity and lack of focus in kids. Daily intake of magnesium is necessary to maintain stock of the mineral in the body. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium, with 150 mg in a 1-ounce (28-gram) serving. (Why is magnesium important for your child?)

Strengthens the liver:  The unsaturated fats present in pumpkin seeds are good for strengthening the liver. Studies suggest that a mixture of pumpkin and flax seeds can reduce liver damage. (How to prevent liver disease in kids?)

Loaded with zinc: Zinc is considered an essential nutrient which means that the body cannot produce or store it. For this reason, it is very important to add zinc in your daily diet. Zinc is required for numerous processes in the body like gene expression, growth and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing to name a few. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Rich in phosphorus: The health benefits of Phosphorus include supporting bone growth, aiding healthy digestion, eliminating toxins from the body, combating fatigue and weakness, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis and ensuring a healthy brain function.Phosphorus is found in high amounts in pumpkin seeds. 

High in Potassium: Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals. The human body needs potassium to support the heart, the muscles, and the transmission of messages through the nervous system. Pumpkin seeds are rich in potassium. Potassium basically acts as an electrolyte and it is less harmful than sodium which is also an electrolyte. In most of our diets and also in our children’s diets, the presence of potassium is becoming very less and the presence of sodium is increasing rapidly which needs to be corrected. (How can potassium rich food help the bones?)

 Pumpkin Seed Nutrition Facts:

In addition to this, other benefits of pumpkin seeds for kids are that they contain various other nutrients required by the body. They are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. Here’s a better look at the overall nutrition provided by one ounce (28 grams) of dried, roasted seed kernels. 

According to The National Nutrient Database, the nutritional profile of Pumpkin Seeds includes:

NutritionValue per 100 gNutritionValue per 100 g
Protein30.23 gCarbohydrates10.71 g
Fat49.0 gDietary Fiber6.0 g
Calories559 kcalWater5.623 g
Calcium46 mgCopper1.3 mg
Iron8.82 mgMagnesium592 mg
Manganese4.54 mgPhosphorus1233 mg
Potassium809 mgSodium7 mg
Zinc7.81 mgNiacin4.98 mg
Vitamin B60.143 mgCholine63 mg
Folate58 mcgVitamin C1.9 mg
Vitamin A16 IUVitamin E2.18 mg
Vitamin K7.3 mcgThiamine0.273 mg
Riboflavin0.153 mgPantothenic Acid0.75 mg
Nutrition of Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe: Pumpkin hummus/ spread/sauce with hidden herbs and nuts

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  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (yes! you can puree raw or after roasting )
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
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  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper for taste
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  • Serve with roti, wrap, bread, crackers, pasta or pizza sauce or raw vegetables.

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THESE BEAUTY FOODS WILL GIVE YOU THE BEST SKIN AND HAIRS OF YOUR LIFE

You are what you eat!

Your personality is a mirror of your diet. Kids having a healthy and nutritious diet not only feel energetic throughout the day but also look great in terms of their skin, hair and overall appearance.

Taking care of your kid’s skin and hair is as important as their health. Kids are more prone to skin and hair problems as they are exposed to the sun and dirt more as compared to adults, primarily because of school activities and other sports and social activities. Dry skin, itchy and red skin, frizzy hair, grey hair, hair loss and dandruff can be possible because of sun and dirt. By giving a balanced and nutritious (food for glowing and healthy skin) you can help your child have the best skin and hair that lasts a lifetime. (Some food and tips to tackle dryness?)

Nutrients for glowing skin and hair growth:

Healthy fat– This includes both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which are kinds of unsaturated fats. In a (food for glowing and healthy skin) and hairs we need a balance of both types of fats. They can help to get glowing skin and shiny hair, lack of these healthy fats in your diet may result in dry skin and itchy scalp. (Is fat good or bad for the body?)

Protein– Protein like Keratin, collagen and elastin is important for the structure of the skin and hair. Collagen and elastin provide smoothness and elasticity to your skin while keratin is a structural substance for healthy hair. It forms rigidity of your skin and hairs and helps with the barrier protection that your skin offers to fight against dust and pollution. (List of some easy protein sources)

Vitamin A– All cells need vitamin A for growth and protection against damage. It prevents skin and hair from sun damage. Vitamin A helps skin glands to make oily substance sebum which moisturizes the scalp and keeps hairs healthy. (How does this help with acne?)

B- vitamins-All the 8 B- vitamins(B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12) are essential for proper functioning of the body, for cells growth and development and offer numerous benefits to skin and hair. Inadequate amounts of these vitamins can lead to dry and flaky skin and scalp. (What are some food options for this?)

Vitamin C, E– Vitamin C is essential to make collagen which is key to healthy skin. Both these vitamins act as antioxidants to reduce free radicals (what are these?) and protect skin from UV rays. Vitamin C and E work together to strengthen cell walls.

Zinc– Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It helps to keep oil glands around follicles work properly. Zinc helps your skin to heal after an injury. It forms a protection layer on the cells and safeguards from UV damage and any invading infection. Lack of zinc may result in eczema too.

Selenium– This mineral has powerful antioxidants properties to protect your skin from UV rays. It promotes skin healing and reduces acne. Selenium has many benefits for hair too. It helps in preventing dandruff-causing fungus and regulates hair growth. (What is an easy food source for this?)

Food for glowing and healthy skin and strong hair:

Along with these following foods, water plays a lead role in keeping your skin and hair healthy. When you drink enough water, not only your skin gets hydrated, it also flushes out the impurities and toxins from the body.

Chia Seeds– Loaded with omega 3, copper, phosphorus and zinc, it soothes inflammation, reduces acne and helps to keep skin radiant and healthy. Consumption of chia seeds also results in strong hairs. It is a high source of phosphorus, which is popular to encourage hair growth. Chia seeds contain all the 9 essential amino acids related to stronger hairs, skin and nails. All these qualities make chia seeds one of the best food for glowing and healthy skin.

Tomato– This zesty vegetable is proved to have tremendous effects on your overall health. Tomatoes contain high amount of lycopene that makes skin less sensitive to UV rays. High in vitamin C, tomato treats oily skin and helps in achieving even skin tones. Packed with vitamin A, B, C and E, it also prevents hair loss, gives shine and treats scalp odor and dandruff. Eat it or apply it, it works both ways! (How to protect the vitamin in tomatoes from reducing?)

Quinoa– Quinoa seeds are gluten free and are high in protein, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants make it a best food for glowing and healthy skin. 9 amino acids in it act as natural strengthener and protect the hair shaft and also help in repairing damaged hairs. It is rich in vitamin E which helps to fight free radicals, provides collagen and repairs deeper pores in the skin damaged from sun and pollution. (A super tasty quinoa recipe)

Beans– Beans are excellent source of protein, fiber, potassium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and are sodium free, fat free. It helps in collagen production and gives your skin a healthy glow and elasticity. It contains amino acids which are building blocks of protein, which the body uses to make new tissues for bones, hairs, skin and blood. They also provide many other hair-healthy nutrients, including iron, B7 and B9. (Some B9 foods that help with the brain of a child?)

Almond– Almond is rich in protein, magnesium, fiber, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid, vitamin E, copper, zinc and calcium. It helps to reduce rashes, burns or any inflammation caused due to various reasons. Copper in it plays an important role in skin and hair pigmentation. Fatty acids in it promote healthy and required blood flow that promotes hair growth and makes hair shiny, strong and soft. (What are 6 other benefits of almonds for kids?)

Citrus fruits– Citrus fruits are the best food for glowing and healthy skin, like orange, lime, grapefruit are commonly known for their high vitamin C contents. A medium orange gives you 130% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Other nutrients in citrus fruits include B9, lycopene, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and B1. These nutrients provide a wide range of health, skin and hair benefits. The citrus acid present in these foods kills bacteria and makes your skin feel fresh, strengthen hair and fight dandruff.

Bell pepper– Bell pepper is an excellent source of beta-carotene which the body converts into vitamin A. It helps in preventing hair and skin from sun damage. Being high in vitamin C, dietary fiber and vitamin B6, it aids in flawless skin.

Dark Chocolate– Kid’s favorite dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavanols that results in glowing and healthy skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can help reduce roughness in your skin and protect it against sun damage. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa loaded with zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K, which also relaxes arteries and increases blood circulation that leads to healthier skin. (Recipe of a quick sugar free dark chocolate treat)

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

Recipe for Cauliflower and Bean Paratha/ Flatbread:

Make Puree of cauliflower, sprouted mung bean/ moong dal
Add to wheat flour or sorghum/ jowar. Add salt and ajwain/ carom seeds.
Add nuts and seeds powder or Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)

Mix everything together into a firm dough. Take a ball size dough and roll it into a flat bread. Cook from both sides by applying some oil or without. Enjoy with any curry or as a wrap or any dip (see some recipes here)

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HEALTHY HAIR TIPS: FOODS, NUTRIENTS, HERBS & ESSENTIAL OILS

“Invest in your hair. It’s the crown you never take off”

This applies to kids as much as it applies to adults and that is why taking care of your kid’s hair should be of equal importance as well. Developing a healthy hair care routine at an early age will prevent your child from developing hair problems later on in life. Hair is not just one of the aspects of beauty in person, but also related with your personal hygiene. So, it is important to implant habit of keeping hair clean among kids from a very young age. As a parent we spend hours to think about child’s clothes and grooming products, but sometimes never pay attention to their hair and its needs. You can always get an idea by looking at your child’s hair, of whether his/her body is receiving a required amount of nutrients or not. (How to prepare easy nutritious snacks for kids?)

How you take care of your child’s hair will depend on the type of hair he or she has (thick or thin, dry or greasy), length of the hair and the activity level of the child. Parents can help kids to choose the correct Hair wash as per their age and hair type, oil their hair regularly and provide them with the right nutrients in their diet.

Some common hair problems and their causes:

Grey hair: Though greying of hair is inevitable with age, nowadays even young adults and teens are facing this problem and to cover their grey hair, they start using chemical based colours and dyes which further damage the hair in the long run. Your hair follicles have pigment cells that make melanin; this chemical gives your hair its color. As you age, the cells start to die and without melanin, the new hair that grows in has no pigment, which makes it appear grey, white or silver. (Which food can give hair pigment?)

Hair loss: Losing hair with age is expected, but hair loss in children can be alarming as it will affect them psychologically as well. Some common causes for hair loss in kids are infections, autoimmune disease, physical cause (stress) and nutritional deficiencies. However, the most common cause of hair loss in children is scalp ringworm, which is treatable fungal infection. (How to treat skin dryness in kids?)

Dry Hair: Straightening, blow-drying, highlighting and perming regularly can have a negative effect on your hair & causes dryness & split ends. Split ends occur when the protective outermost layer of hair (cuticle) is damaged and peels back. Hair styling products should be avoided for kids or should be used sparingly if really required.

Greasy Hair: Greasy or oily hair looks dull, limp and lifeless and are difficult to manage. Glands produce natural oil called sebum which helps to keep the skin lubricated. Sometimes these glands work excessively and produce more oil, leading to a greasy scalp. If your kid faces this problem, using a mild and gentle shampoo might help.

How to prevent/cure hair problems:

You must have heard a lot of healthy hair tips for dry hair & other hair problems from your friends and family. What works for one might not work for another. Diet and nutrition plays a significant role in developing the look, feel and the strength of your kid’s hair. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency known in the world as a major cause of hair loss. There are various foods, nutrients, herbs and essential oils for hair growth that can help to prevent/cure hair related issues in kids and adults as well.

Food and Nutrients important for Hair:

Amla or Indian gooseberry: Amla is a miracle fruit for hair as it is rich in calcium, vitamin C and other antioxidants that helps to strengthen hair follicles, reduces oxidative stress and prevents premature greying, dandruff and other fungal infections. It promotes scalp circulation and stimulates healthy hair growth, both in terms of length and volume. (What are some best fruits for teenagers?)

Collagen: Collagen, as studies suggest, is one of the main reasons behind hair thinning and hair loss. Collagen is a protein which helps to build your connective tissues like bones, ligaments, cartilage and also improves skin, hair, nails, joints and digestion. It can be commonly found in fish, chicken, egg whites, citrus fruits, berries and garlic. (Which foods can help with acne?)

Protein: Your hair strands are mainly made of protein called keratin and so protein acts as the life for your hair cells, thereby helping in construction of new tissues and repairing of the damaged tissues. Some of the protein-rich foods are eggs, chicken, lentils, legumes, quinoa, green peas, spinach, guava, milk & milk products, nuts like almonds, cashews and pumpkin seeds. (Some easy protein for kids)

Iron: Iron deficiency is one of the primary reasons for hair loss in kids and adults. Scientists believe that some genes in the hair follicle are regulated by iron. It also helps to circulate oxygen to our body & our tissues. Hence, the lack of it may compromise hair health and also causes other problems like fatigue, shortness of breath and dry & damaged skin. High protein rich foods include tofu, beans, legumes, dark leafy greens, poultry, fish, nuts and seeds. (Does cooking in iron pan help in nutrition?)

Vitamin B: Vitamin B provides thickness & shines to the hair and also encourages hair growth. Vitamin B6, B3, B5 and biotin in particular are very helpful in strengthening hair, reducing hair loss and supporting our adrenal glands. Dark leafy vegetables, gluten-free whole grains, sweet potatoes, legumes, fish, liver and eggs are the most common sources of B vitamins.

Antioxidants (Vitamin A, E, C, and Selenium): Vitamin E helps in stimulating hair growth and promotes circulation in the scalp and hair follicles, while vitamin A is good for hair follicle stem cells. Selenium and Vitamin C prevent hair damage and ageing of hair. Sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, almonds, sunflower seeds, berries, bell peppers, citrus fruits, cauliflower and mushrooms are rich sources of these antioxidants. (An easy source of daily selenium)

Herbs & Essential Oils for Hair Growth:

Green tea: It is a rich source of catechins, an antioxidant which helps to reduce DTH (an androgen which makes your hair fall). As a result, it stops hair fall and helps to fight against other hair problems like, dryness of the scalp and dandruff.

Aloe Vera: Regular use of aloe vera helps in maintaining the pH balance of the hair, in opening the blocked pores of the scalp and also boosts the growth of hair follicles. A special protein (called proteolytic) in it helps to break down dead skin cells on the scalp and promotes hair growth. One of the healthy hair tips for dry hair is to regularly massage your scalp with aloe vera gel.

Hibiscus: This flower is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, amino acids, mucilage fiber, moisture content and antioxidants. It helps prevent hair loss and stimulates regrowth from dormant follicles. It also reduces the greying of hair. Another healthy hair tips for dry hair is to add hibiscus petals to your hair oil & then massage your scalp using this oil.

Moringa: Moringa is loaded with nutrients such as Zinc, vitamin A, B, C and E and essential amino acids. It is rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants which helps to nourish your hair. It helps restore strength, promotes hair growth and also repairs damaged hair. (Is this really a superfood to prevent most of the ailments?)

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is one of the most essential oils for hair growth which is used commonly to massage the scalp. It acts as a great moisturizer for your scalp. It penetrates your skin and hair shaft, promotes hair growth and even keeps the scalp lice free. It also works as a conditioner preventing hair damage and reducing protein loss in hair.

Neem oil: Neem oil is also one of the essential oils for hair growth. Neem oil is the nature’s cure to all your hair concerns as it has regenerative properties which promotes healthy cell division and stimulates hair follicle growth. Also for lice, a study confirms that leaving this oil for 10 minutes in the hair reduces/kills the lice.

Recipe for 7 Veggies Rice

  • ½ onion
  • ⅓ broccoli
  • ½ bowl corn
  • ½ bowl peas
  • 1 potato
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 bowl soy chunks
  • 1.5 bowl raw rice
  • 3 bowls water
  • salt and pepper

Sauté all the veggies. Add raw rice. Salt as per taste and water. Sprinkle pepper and mix. Keep on low flame and cover the pan with a lid. Let cook till done. Serve with yogurt or plain.

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WHAT IS CAUSING MY CHILD’S HAIR TO FALL OUT AND HOW TO TREAT IT?

As you get older, you notice that your hair starts falling out. Losing hair can be upsetting for anyone, at any age. But kids hair fall could come as a real shock. Many of the causes aren’t serious. Still, losing hair can take a toll on a child’s emotional well-being at a certain age. There are many possible causes of hair fall in kids, broadly categorized by infection, physical cause, autoimmune cause and reactive cause.  Hair fall in kids. Is commonly caused due to fungal or bacterial infections, the most common in kids being scalp ringworm, which is a treatable fungal infection.

Whether your child has thinning hair or distinct bald spots, the loss of hair can be frightening.

CAUSES OF HAIR FALL IN KIDS:

Tinea Capitis: It is the most common paediatric infection worldwide that leads to kids hair fall. It is a kind of contagious fungal infection and usually spread by coming in contact with infected hairs on comb, brushes, hats, or pillow cases. It is also possible to catch ringworm from infected animals such as dogs, cats, horses or farm animals.

Alopecia areata:- It is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in kids. About 1 out of every 1,000 children has the localized version called alopecia areata. It happens when the body’s immune system, which normally fights infections, attacks the hair follicles. This disrupts hair growth. The hair loss that comes with alopecia areata can be upsetting, but it is not contagious.

Telogen effluvium:- Hair is an epidermal appendage. It has a regular cycle of phases where hair grows (anagen), rest (telogen) and has a transition phase (catagen). Telogen effluvium is one of the most common causes of kids hair fall. During this phase, hairs shed with more than normal amount of hair loss over a short period of time. Diffuse hairs are lost over weeks to months and more hairs are shed if pulled.

Nutritional deficiency:- Iron deficiency is the world’s most common deficiency and is a well known cause of hair loss in kids. Good nutrition is essential for a healthy body and for healthy hairs too. When kids don’t get enough vitamins, minerals, and protein, their hair can fall out. Nutritional deficiency may impact both hair structure and hair growth. Data from studies suggests that vitamin D plays a role in hair follicle cycling. A small trial from 2010 found that vitamin E improved hair growth in people with hair loss. It’s thought that the vitamin’s antioxidants properties help reduce oxidative stress in the scalp and help in treating kids hair fall.

Blow and dry:- Blow and dry can also damage hair and cause it to hair fall in kids. Excess heat from blow-drying or straightening can harm hairs to a great extent. It’s not advisable to blow it and dry everyday to minimise heat exposure.

Hair ties:- Pulling your child’s hair back into a tight ponytail, braid or bun causes trauma to the hair follicles. Keep ponytails and braids loose to prevent hair loss in kids. Hair can also fall out if a child brushes or combs it too hard. Be gentle on your hair.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS TO CURE HAIR LOSS IN KIDS:

Mostly Vitamin Bs- Riboflavin (B2), biotin (b7), folate (B9) and B12 deficiencies have been associated with hair loss.

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) plays a crucial role in hair growth by activating vitamin B6 and B3; these two vitamins are key to hair development. Vitamin B6 also gives hair melanin and is known to prevent hair fall in kids. You can get a good amount of riboflavin by eating a variety of foods including: Dairy, yogurt, cheese, eggs, black/ wild rice, mushroom, brinjal.

Biotin (vitamin B7) plays an important role in the growth of healthier, thicker hair. It’s also one of the only natural hair loss treatments backed up by science, with study data showing that use of biotin can show a remarkable increase in hair growth in people with a deficiency. Foods that contain the most biotin include almonds, walnuts, fruits like avocado, bananas and certain vegetables like sweet potatoes, tomato.

  • Folic acid (vitamin B9) deficiency may lead to thinning hairs and (hair fall in kids) and in adults as well. It is responsible for healthy cell growth. These cells are found inside skin tissues, hairs, and nails. Foods that contain high amounts of folate include dark green leafy vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, avocado, beetroot, sunflower seeds, peanuts, beans, legumes.
  • Vitamin B12 promotes healthy hair growth by producing oxygen rich red blood cells, which feed hair follicles. Hair is made up of protein called keratin which is a dead substance that is why it doesn’t hurt when you get your haircut. Cheese, milk, fortified cereals, mushrooms, eggs are great sources of vitamin B12.

Recipe for Raisin Cookie

  • Equal part semolina, wheat flour, oats and half part melon seeds and half sunflower seeds
  • One Handful raisins or dried berries or mix of both (puréed with little milk)
  • Honey (as per more sweetness)
  • Pinch salt
  • Cinnamon powder (¼ tsp)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or unsalted butter (heaped spoon)
  • Milk or nut milk as little as to make firm dough (if needed)

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, spread melted dark chocolate on it. Break the cookie as you like or just eat rightaway.

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6 SCIENCE BASED HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA

Moringa oleifera is a multipurpose herbal plant used as food and also for medicinal purposes. Moringa food contains more nutrients than any other single food source. It supports an overall child growth by providing nutrition for brain, bones, eyesight, immunity, skin & hair, digestion. Backed by scientific research, it has gained massive respect worldwide for the health and healing benefits it possesses.

Millions of people use Moringa as a supplement in the form of powder or tablet or tea. In certain parts of Asia, this plant is consumed as a fresh vegetable, almost everyday. For parents struggling to keep up with the daily nutrition of their child, this miracle food tops the list. Moringa could single handedly deliver most of the nutrition for the day, making the task of feeding healthy food way less challenging.

  • Eye Health: Moringa oleifera contains beta-carotene (how to preserve vitamin A in food?), lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients can preserve eyesight and also reduce the risk of eye diseases. Moringa powder is the richest common food in lutein and zeaxanthin. There isn’t a recommended daily intake for beta-carotene. Scientific data shows that about 3-6 mg of beta-carotene per day is good. Scientists found the amount of beta-carotene in Moringa powder to be about 28.5 mg per 100g.
  • Antioxidants: They are compounds that act against free radicals in our body (what are free radicals?). 46 kinds of antioxidants including Vitamin A, C, E have been found in the leaves of Moringa that prevents or delays body damage from naturally occurring oxidative stress from lifestyle and food intake, mental stress, pollution etc.
  • Complete Nutrition: Almost every part of the Mooring tree is used for medicinal or nutritional purposes. Just 1 tbsp of Moringa leaf powder is equivalent to 60g of fresh leaves which contains 6 grams of protein, 70% of the daily required vitamin B6, 50% of vitamin C, 36% of iron, 33% vitamin A and 25% of magnesium and many others. All these nutrients help to keep the immunity high, alert brain, high energy, reduced stress, strong bones and muscles. (What vitamins do kids need?)
  • Bone Health: Consuming a healthy diet that contains adequate amount of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin D, K are extremely important in preventing bones disorders. Moringa has 3 times more Calcium than milk making it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones. Some study indicates that Moringa can also heal damaged bones. (How to preserve bones?)
  • Skin & Hair: Moringa being an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin A, C , E helps to block the oxidation (what is oxidative stress?) of healthy tissues, thus delaying the ageing process. In ancient times, Moringa leaf powder was applied on cuts and wounds for quick heal and removal of any marks. Health problems or nutritional deficiencies can hinder hair growth and cause several hair problems. Moringa powder contains all the required vitamin and minerals, essential nutrients conductive to healthy hair. It also contains the amino acid Methionine which supplies sulphur to your hair, thus preventing hair loss.
  • Stomach Ailments: Moringa has found to help in some stomach disorders such as constipation, gastritis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of Moringa along with its high vitamin B content helps with digestion. Moringa contains over 40 anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce bloating, gas and constipation. (Which food is the best for digestion?)
  • Mood: Moringa is especially beneficial in treating severe mood disorders such as stress, anxiety and depression, which is increasingly becoming common amongst kids too. It also reduces the feeling of fatigue by giving the required boost to your energy because of its high Vitamin B, iron and protein content. It is also packed with tryptophan, an essential compound that regulates appetite, sleep, mood swings and helps the body to produce relaxation hormones called serotonin. (How can kids sleep better?)

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Top fruits good for Teens and Kids

Teenagers undergo major physical development during their puberty phase. These physical changes are regulated by changes in the levels of hormones which are produced by the pituitary gland—luteinizing hormone (responsible for menstrual cycle in girls) and follicle-stimulating hormone (responsible for reproductive system in both girls and boys). Surprisingly, a new born baby has high levels of these hormones which taper down in a couple of months. At adolescence, these hormones spike up again and cause major physical developments in the body of teens.

In the early puberty phase, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone increase, resulting in major physical changes including weight gain, outbursts of acne, height gain and behavioral change like anxiety, hyper-activity and short-temperedness.

The recent lifestyle trend of teenagers has also added to much higher consumption of food which is high in both carbohydrates and fat (why is this bad?) This not only results in excessive weight gain, but also anxiety and stress leading to further hormonal imbalance.

Some (forgotten) seasonal fruit good for child, which can help solve these concerns of the growing kids are mentioned below.

FOOD GOOD FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Eating right assures an adequate amount of key nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamins A, C and D. Some teens need more nutrients than average intake, particularly if they extremely active in sports and do not eat variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds regularly

SHAHTOOT (MULBERRY)

  • They have unusually high levels of protein and iron for a fruit. They are rich in dietary fiber which helps in fixing digestion issues like bloating, constipation.
  • A single serving of mulberries can meet the daily requirement of vitamin C, keeping the immunity high and lower stress, anxiety.
  • Mulberry is also high in vitamin A which strengthens the eyesight and reduces the strain on eyes.
  • It is rich in antioxidants which reduces early greying of hair and keeps the skin acne free and hence one of the best fruits for children’s health
  • BER (JUJUBE)
  • Ber is a fruit good for child. It is a good source of calcium, phosphorus that helps in developing and maintaining stronger bones and more height.
  • It also has a calming effect on the body and releases stress and anxiety.
  • This fruit helps in inducing sleep. In certain traditions, it has been used to treat insomnia.
  • Loaded with fibre, this fruit also helps to reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal issues.
  • Lastly, this fruit is loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C which do wonders for keeping the skin acne-free and is one of the cheapest fruits for children’s development.
  • JAMUN (INDIAN BLACKBERRY)
  • Just a bowl of this sweetish berry can serve half the daily requirement of vitamin C and Manganese, keeping the immunity of the body high. It is also high in antioxidants which keep the skin healthy and it is one of the best seasonal fruits for children’s health.
  • These blackberries are loaded with fiber which is essential for easy digestion and solving bloating and stomach pain. It can give half the daily fiber in just a single bowl serving.
  • Over 35% of daily required Vitamin K in a single serving of this berry can keep the bones strong and control menstrual blood flow.
  • LYCHEE
  • This fruit is exceptionally high in Vitamin C which keeps the immunity of the body high and the skin healthy. A compound present in this food tends to have anti-viral properties also, which make it fruit good for child.
  • The high fiber content in the fruit helps to regulate bowel movement thereby solving constipation, bloating, stomach pain, and other tummy troubles.
  • Along with the high fiber content, this fruit also has a lot of water content which aids in maintaining healthy weight.
  • It is also loaded with calcium absorbing minerals resulting in stronger bones.
  • High levels of copper and Vitamin Bs in the fruit help with reducing stress.
  • CHIKOO (SAPOTA)
  • This fruit is good for immunity because of its high Vitamin C content. It also keeps the skin healthy and helps treat acne.
  • The high dietary fiber in the food helps to solve the irritable bowel syndrome and works as a laxative to solve constipation.
  • It is also high in calcium and phosphorus which work together to keep the bones strong. Consuming this fruit early in life will take care of bone troubles in future and is considered as one of the fruits for children’s health.
  • Many other berries and fruits like Phalse (Wild Blueberry), Amla (Gooseberry), Karonda (Conkerberry), Lasoda (Glueberry), Nargundi
  • (Chasteberry) are loaded with goodness of health for growing kids. They are seasonally available and help to meet the daily Vitamin and Mineral requirements and are fruits for children’s health.
  • Some of these are sour in taste and best can be consumed in the form of pickle or sweetened drink. Some are bitter like chaste berries but offer tremendous health benefits in balancing hormones and reducing stress levels. They are available as powder supplements.

Recipe for Wheat Berry cookie

  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • ½ cup semolina
  • Handful of cranberries
  • Pinch salt
  • Honey (as per desired sweetness)
  • Milk (just little to puree cranberries)
  • 2 tbsp Ghee/ Butter unsalted
  • Pinch baking soda
  • Pinch cumin seeds (optional) or choco chips

Puree cranberries with milk. Mix all ingredients (except cumin seeds) into a soft sticky dough. Make balls and press lightly. Sprinkle cumin seeds on top and press. Place on baking sheet. Preheat 5 min at 180 celsius. Bake for 15-20 min. Once done, cool outside on rack. Enjoy!

Top 6 Benefits of Almond for Child Growth & Development

Survey of 150 parents reflected on the top concerns they had for their kids. Six of them, mentioned below, can be improved with the consumption of just a single nut- Almond! Consuming 4-8 almonds for kids aged 3 to 15 years is enough to aid daily nutrition.

BRAIN: Almond contains brain boosting elements- Vitamin B2 and L-Cartinine which are the two essential nutrients responsible for the nervous system, development of the brain and enhancement of memory.

DIGESTION: Kids suffering from constipation is very common nowadays primarily due to the food choices being high in sugar and sodium. 50% of any quantity of Almond is just fibre which helps in relieving constipation.

ENERGY: Manganese, copper, Iron and Vitamin B2 present in Almond helps in keeping the energy levels high in kids.

IMMUNITY: The vitamin E found in almonds acts as a great antioxidant that counters the free radicals (villains) of the body thereby keeping the diseases at bay. Almond also has zinc which activates the body cells to kill viruses and bacterias to keep immunity of the body high.

BONES & TEETH: The calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous present in almonds help in maintaining the strength of bones and teeth that is most important during the growth years of kids. Osteoporosis is a problem that manifests in adulthood but can be avoided by consuming the right food in the early years of life.

SKIN & HAIR: Almonds are rich source of Vitamin E and protein which helps to regenerate cells (of skin and hair), keeping the damage of cells minimum. It is also a source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which promote healthy skin and hair growth.

There are many ways Almond nut can be consumed by a child. Kids love to eat chocolate. Roasting almonds and dipping them in chocolate makes a great snack for kids to eat any time during the day. And it also takes away the urge to eat something chocolatey or sweet. Almonds can also be made into a butter for spreading on bread. Or grind into a flour to be used to make cookies or added to cake batter. Roasted almond powder can also be added to hot or cold porridge. Roasting Almonds do not impact the nutrition value of the nut.

Kids who are picky eaters usually tend to miss on their daily nutrition. Just a minor tweak of adding Almonds to their daily diet can help them meet daily requirement of several vitamins and minerals. Almonds have high quality of calories which not only adds nutrition but also helps in managing weight of a child. They tend to make the child feel fuller faster than other foods resulting in reduced urge to consume comfort-food or over-eat meals.

Research suggests that just by eating nuts regularly for five or more days a week, a person can increase life span by two years. This is one of the easiest and tastiest way of extending life. Another study states that not eating enough nuts and seeds was the third leading dietary factor for disability in the world. Isn’t it just amazing how a handful of nuts and seeds can do us so good.

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What Does Apple cider vinegar Do?

Apple Cider Vinegar with “Mother” nurtures our gut health by helping the good bacterias (probiotics) to grow and killing the bad bacterias. We have more bacterias (both good and bad) in our body than the number of cells. The more the good bacteria we will have, the less space/ chance we will have for the bad bacteria to grow and flourish.

GUT HEALTH <> DIGESTION <> ACIDITY <> IMMUNITY <> BALANCE PH

ACV enables growth of ‘beneficial bacterias’ In the body which help in digesting food and absorbing essential nutrients. Spray ACV mixed with water on your scalp and hair to give that shine and manage flakiness. Dab some ACV on your face as that perfect toner to keep your skin healthy. ACV has the power to balance PH (acid-base levels) in the body, skin, hair, which otherwise can cause irritation, dryness, breakouts etc. Soak your veggies in this mix for twenty minutes to removes toxins.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR JELLIES

HEAT

  • 1 cup Fruit juice (homemade berry or orange)
  • Keep on low flame till it simmers lightly
  • Remove and cool for 1 minute

MIX

  • Hot fruit juice + ½ cup Apple cider vinegar + 4 tbsp Gelatin + 2 tbsp Honey (or more)

REFRIGERATE

  • Transfer to any mould or plate. Refrigerate for an hour or more till firm. Cut into shapes. Store in fridge for future use

TIPS

  • Only use Apple Cider Vinegar with ‘Mother’
  • Don’t over heat juice as it can become bitter
  • Mix ingredients properly till Gelatin dissolves
  • Cut into single dosage size for easy consumption
  • Add more juice to keep it sweet for kids