Suspected Causes for Autism: 10 foods that may help

Autism or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life. There are many causes for autism in kids and symptoms may vary from child to child. In some kids the symptoms are very mild while in certain cases severe symptoms are high.

Around 50% of the parents of children with autism notice signs by the time their child reaches 12 months and the remaining notice problems by 2 years. Children with ASD may have symptoms throughout their lives, but it’s possible for them to get better as they get older. Based on the most recent report, ASD is estimated to affect about 1 in 54 children, with boys being more likely to have ASD than girls.

Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder:

Kids with Autism have difficulty with social communication, interaction and behavior.  Here is the list of behaviors that are noticed in children diagnosed with Autism.  These Symptoms may vary from person to person.

1) Social communication and interaction

Children with autism find it difficult to interact with people. This is one of the most common symptoms of ASD. You might notice these signs by the age of 10 to 12 months. Other social skill symptoms may also include:

  • Give no response or little response when someone calls their name.
  • Less or no eye contact.
  • Don’t like cuddling or holding. They don’t stretch their arms to be picked up.
  • They prefer to be alone.
  • Difficulty in speaking or speech delay. (Tips to improve speech delay)
  • Their words generally don’t match with their facial expression and gestures.
  • Speak with unusual tones like robotic, flat or singsong voices.
  • Can’t start a conversation or be a part of one.
  • Often speak on their favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond.
  • Doesn’t express their feelings and emotions.
2) Behavioral symptoms

Children with autism spectrum disorder may have repetitive patterns of behavior. Some of the common behavioral symptoms are as follows:

  • Repetitive behavior like repeating words or phrases, hand flapping or rocking.
  • Aggressive behavior. Perform activities that could cause self-harm.
  • Easily get upset with slight changes in a routine.
  • Lack of coordination and confidence.
  • Eat only specific foods or are generally fussy eaters.
  • Having overly focused interests, such as with moving objects or parts of objects
  • Over sensitivity to touch, light and sound.
  • Impulsiveness. Usually act without thinking.

Kids with ASD may also find it difficult to sleep. Despite so many challenges, they may have some strength, like they have an ability to learn things in detail and remember information for a long period of time. They are also strong visual and auditory learners.

Causes for autism:

However the exact causes for Autism is still unknown. There is no single cause, research shows that genes and environment can act together to affect the child’s development in the may that leads to ASD. Some most suspected causes or risk factors for  Autism include.

  • Having a sibling with ASD.  When one child is diagnosed with ASD, the next child to come along has about a 20% greater risk of developing autism than normal.
  • Research shows that older parents have a greater likelihood of having a child with autism.
  • Kids with certain genetic conditions such as Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and Rett syndrome are most likely to have ASD.
  • Exposure to heavy metals and environmental toxins.
  • Low birth weight.
  • Premature birth and maternal use of valproic acid or thalidomide during pregnancy can also be one of the causes for autism.
Diagnosis:

If you notice any of the above symptoms mentioned above , you must go for a proper diagnosis as recommended by the doctor. While there is no specific laboratory test to determine autism, a team of child psychologist, occupational therapists and speech pathologist do screening and evaluation which may include:

  • Medical exam like blood test, hearing test
  • Gathering information about the symptoms that exist, and from when these symptoms started.
  • Whether these symptoms are affecting their day to day life, or they find it difficult to socialize.
  • Family history of ASD.
  • May also involve interviews or questionnaires for family members, teachers and others close to the child to know the causes for autism
Treatment and therapies:

While there is no cure for ASD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

  • A doctor may use medication to treat some symptoms like irritability, aggression, repetitive behavior, hyperactivity, anxiety and attention problems.
  • Behavioral, psychological, educational, or skill-building therapy to build self confidence.
  • Speech-language pathologists are therapists who specialize in treating language problems and speech disorders. They are a key part of the autism treatment team.
  • Find an autism support group. Sharing information and experiences can help children with ASD and/or their caregivers learn about treatment options and ASD-related programs.
Healthy ASD diet for kids:

It is very important to feed kids a nutritious diet from the early years itself, even more important if the child is suffering from ASD. Along with the treatment and therapies a healthy ASD diet for kids including essential nutrients is must, which may help in reducing the symptoms. Experts say whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ASD and speech delay. Below is the list of essential nutrients and foods recommended as a part of a healthy ASD diet?

Protein: 

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is also essential for brain health and plays an important role in producing neurotransmitters (brain chemical). It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some foods rich in protein are: nuts and seeds, egg and dairy products.(how to get a protein rich diet?)

Omega 3 fatty acids:

Research has established a link between omega 3 fatty acids and brain development in early childhood. These healthy fats have amazing brain boosting power and play a vital role in enhancing memory and attention span. Fish & walnuts are a very good source of omega 3. (Why is Omega 3 important for your kids?)

Magnesium:

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. Banana, avocado, pumpkin seeds and spinach are some food sources of magnesium.(what are some disorders in which magnesium can help?)

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 proper brain function and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing. Some food sources rich in zinc are: nuts, pumpkin seeds, spinach, chicken, shrimp and kidney beans. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

NUTS:

All the nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashew, peanuts and hazelnuts are rich in vitamin E and help in boosting memory. They are also antioxidants which protect against cell damage. Walnuts are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and are a valuable substance for brain function, memory and thinking abilities. This fatty acid also encourages cognitive functions. ( best nuts for protein)

Seeds:

Apart from nuts, seeds like flex, chia, melon, sesame and pumpkins also contain powerful antioxidants like vitamin E that protect the brain from free radical damage. Sunflower seeds impact overall mood and mental processing powers and therefore it is considered a brain boosting snack. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, copper, and much higher in zinc than other seeds, which help in increasing concentration and memory. One of the easiest to feed brain boosting foods for kids.

COCOA POWDER:

Pure cocoa powder (unsweetened) contains brain boosting components as it is packed with a large number of antioxidants molecules, the main is epicatechin helpful to improve cognition in studies. Hence cocoa powder is also an important brain development food for children. (More benefits of cocoa powder)

Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. It is known to reduce anxiety and stress. Moreover, it increases acetylcholine levels which support better memory, mental focus and intelligence. Ashwagandha also improves communication between nerve cells and stimulates the body’s capacity to heal any nervous system damage.

Brahmi:

Brahmi is a superfood for the brain and is believed to sharpen the brain by protecting cells and increasing chemicals associated with learning and memory. It has shown to improve spatial learning and retaining power in kids. That is why in older times, kids were often given Brahmi powder with ghee/honey. This would increase their focus and attention, while keeping them calm and distressed.

Shankhapushpi:

Shankhapushpi is a traditional remedy for increasing the functioning of the brain. The powerful antioxidants and flavonoids present in it improve the memory capacity, focus, concentration, calmness, alertness of an individual. Since it is a brain tonic and stimulator, people taking shankhapushpi have improved memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities.

SCIENTIFICALLY proven studies conducted by NIH

There are many researches by NIH that support the benefits of Ayurvedic herbs in kid’s brain and speech development. Few are as below.

How Ashwagandha helps in speech and brain functions?

Benefits of Brahmi for brain and speech

Proven benefits of shankhapushapi in boosting memory.


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7 health foods for kids daily nutrition

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Taking care of kid’s nutrition from early years itself is very important. This not only keeps their present active but also ensures a dependable and disease-free future. What are the benefits of eating nutritious food? Nutritious health foods for kids and healthy diet has many benefits for children: improves mental health, stabilizes energy, builds immunity and prepares the body against diseases. You can easily develop healthy eating habits in your children from their childhood. This can be the best gift you can give them for their better tomorrow. (Healthy eating for children?)

WHAT COMPRISES A NUTRITIOUS OR HEALTHY DIET FOR KIDS?

A nutritious diet plan must provide all the essential nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water in the required amounts. Requirements of essential nutrients vary with age, gender, physiological status and physical activity. (Why is balanced diet important for children?)

RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE FOR INDIAN KIDS AS PER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NUTRITION, HYDERABAD:

RDA for Macronutrients and Minerals
RDA for Vitamins
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Protein:

Protein makes up building blocks of organs, muscles, skin and hormones. Our body needs protein to maintain and repair tissues. Meanwhile, children need it for proper growth in their early years too. Fish, poultry, nuts (almond, peanut, cashew, hazelnut), beans, are best choices. A balanced protein rich breakfast is always great for children to start their day. It helps them stay full for longer ideas and hence protein is a must for proper child nutrition. (How to add protein to your diet?)

Good fats:

Health foods for kids must limit fats that are high in saturated fat and avoid trans-fat. Nuts, avocado, seeds (such as pumpkin seeds, melon seeds, sunflower seeds) and few oils are the healthiest sources of unsaturated fat. It is good for eye, bones and mental health of child, helps to boost brain and nervous system development, and strengthen the immune system. Encourage your child to eat all these good fats that support kid’s nutrition. (Foods and remedies for cough?)

Calcium:

It is really important to get strong bones and teeth and we get chance to build them only once – throughout childhood and adolescence. Children who get enough amount of calcium in childhood start their adult lives with the strongest bones possible. Mostly calcium is stored in bones and teeth where it supports their structure and hardness, but the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. Calcium is predominately found in milk and milk based products like cheese. And is also found in smaller quantities in some nuts and seeds. (Should kids take whey protein?) Moreover, few herbs such as shallaki also contains calcium.

Carbohydrates:

Fibre, starches and sugar are very essential food for healthy diet that body turns into glucose to give energy to function. Carbs that take time to digest and have fibre in them are complex carbs which are found in naturally existing fruits, vegetables, almonds, cashews, hazelnut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, melon seeds and whole grains. 

Vitamin and minerals:

Vitamins and minerals help us to grow, to form bones, muscles, for eyesight, for skin and organs and most importantly help us to fight against infections by building immunity. Deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can lead to severe issues related to health. The best way to ensure that your child is getting enough vitamins and minerals for proper growth and development is to provide them with five food groups (fruit and vegetable, complex carbs, dairy, protein and fat).

Ayurvedic Herbs:

Ayurveda has the potential to not only correct imbalances in our children, but also to set them on an enduring path toward optimal health and well-being. Thus, ayurvedic herbs must be included in the list of health foods for kids. Ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha, mulethi, brahmi, shallaki and turmeric are great for kids development. Overall, these herbs support immunity, bone strength, brain development and overall growth.

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. Fortunately eating a diet rich in antioxidants or antioxidant rich foods help to fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Turmeric, Vitamin E, cocoa, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Selenium, Beta carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Manganese, Polyphenols show great antioxidant properties.

Foods to avoid:

Refined sugar: Sugar causes inflammation in the body which results in weaker immunity. Sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your immunity.

How to feed these essential foods to kids?

Now the question arises- how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts, seeds and antioxidants in your child’s diet?

Kids and teens Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread:
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Formulated with 17 nutrient-rich ingredients, Iyurved provides Daily Nutrition for kids & teens to help support Immunity, Bone strength, Brain development and overall Growth, especially for kids who typically:

  • Eat very little
  • Accept/eat only a few types of food
  • Don’t eat nuts, seeds and Ayurvedic herbs regularly
  • Eat few fruits and vegetables
  • Refuse to try new foods
  • Prolong mealtimes

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Never has it been so easy to feed bitter Ayurvedic herbs and nuts to children in such a convenient format. This product has the following nutrients to support complete health:

  • Carbohydrates: Provides energy
  • Protein: Helps support muscle development
  • Fats: Supports brain development
  • Fiber: Supports digestion
  • Vitamin A, E: Protects eyes and builds immunity
  • Vitamin B: Supports energy formation in the body
  • Selenium, Vitamin C and Zinc: Builds Immunity
  • Iron and Copper: Provides energy and supports brain development
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin K: Supports bone development
  • Carbohydrates: Provides energy
  • Protein: Helps support muscle development
  • Fats: Supports brain development
  • Fiber: Supports digestion
  • Vitamin A, E: Protects eyes and builds immunity
  • Vitamin B: Supports energy formation in the body
  • Selenium, Vitamin C and Zinc: Builds Immunity
  • Iron and Copper: Provides energy and supports brain development
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin K: Supports bone development

This product has been developed by a nutritionist in close collaboration with one of the best food technologists in India. 

HOW CAN MY CHILD EAT THIS CHOCOLATE SPREAD?

They can eat it directly or with milk, roti, bread, etc. and get their required daily nutrition without any fuss. 


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10 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF BOTTLE GOURD/ LAUKI

Right since our childhood, we have always heard that green vegetables are the healthiest and it is important to consume them every day. Amongst them, bottle gourd/lauki is one and it’s known for its nutritional powerhouse and health benefits. However, when it comes to babies and children, we always think twice before giving them any food. There are many parents who wonder if they may give their newborn bottle gourd or lauki. The answer is yes, you can totally give them. So, let’s look into the nutritional information and the amazing health benefits of bottle gourd and its juice for babies and toddlers.

WHEN CAN I GIVE MY BABY BOTTLE GOURD FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Bottle gourd is a simple to digest vegetable that can be given to kids as young as six months old. When you first start, use steamed bottle gourd puree. Begin with 1 tablespoon of bottle gourd puree and progressively increase the amount as the baby grows. Of all the vegetables, this is perhaps the least reactive. 

As it’s easily digestible, it is preferred for babies, the elderly, and the sick. The majority of the bottle gourd is water, with the rest containing important vitamins and minerals.

Bottle gourd – Nutritional facts

Bottle gourd contains 15 calories per 100 g with 96 percent water content. It is high in dietary fibre, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamine, iron, magnesium, and manganese, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. (Food with B vitamins and why do you need them?)

Nutritional information of bottle gourd
Nutritional information of Bottle gourd / Lauki

10 Health benefits of bottle gourd for babies and toddlers:

Here are proven health benefits of bottle gourd  for babies and toddlers:

1. Great source of vitamins and minerals

Bottle gourd is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin E and iron, folate which are important for a child’s growth and development. Parents must ensure that their children, especially infants, have a well-balanced diet to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Therefore, feeding your baby bottle gourd is an excellent option to start with. 

2. Treats constipation and diarrhea

Bottle gourd acts as a natural laxative and helps to alleviate constipation and diarrhea in babies. This is due to the vegetable’s high water and fibre content, which aids in the cleaning of the digestive tract and facilitates bowel movement. (Home remedies and foods for constipation in kids)

3. Reduces acidity in babies

The bottle gourd has long been used to treat stomach ulcers. When a baby has indigestion, they can develop acidity. In most cases, indigestion causes the stomach to create more acid than is required, resulting in acidity. Bottle gourd can help to decrease this.

4. perfect thirst quencher

It is a great thirst quencher for kids because it contains roughly 96 percent water. It also prevents fatigue and keeps the body cool and rejuvenated in summers by lowering the body’s heat. ( What is the right time to introduce water for baby?)

5.Excellent deworming food for babies

Bottle gourd seeds are one of the traditional remedies for worms in the intestine. Bottle gourd seeds can be boiled, ground into a paste, and given to babies (not more than 2 teaspoons). (Deworming foods for kids)

6. Good for urinary infection

Infections of the urinary tract are fairly prevalent in babies. One of the causes for this is because the baby’s body does not have enough water. Infections can occur if there isn’t enough water to clear the bacteria out of the urinary tract. Urinary tract infections can be considerably reduced by feeding your baby bottle gourd on a regular basis.

7.Protects liver

Infants are more likely to develop liver illnesses such as jaundice or hepatitis. Feeding bottle gourd which is rich in vitamin C to your babies helps to remove toxins and also protects the kidneys and liver from oxidative damage.

8. Good for heart health

Bottle gourd/lauki has a store of essential minerals and trace elements that help in maintaining good heart health in babies as well as adults. Its low sodium and high potassium content help to lower cholesterol levels, control blood pressure and promote adequate blood flow to the heart.

9. Great stress reliever 

One of the health benefits of bottle gourd is its inherent capacity to relieve stress. Bottle gourd has a significant quantity of choline, a neurotransmitter that aids in the improvement of brain functioning and the prevention of stress, depression, and other mental illnesses. This has a relaxing impact on both children and adults.

10. Promotes skin health

The high antioxidant – Vitamin C in bottle gourd helps to treat skin allergies and rashes in kids and create a youthful glow. Not only does including this vegetable in your diet help but putting its juice to your face offers you an instant, healthy glow. (What are the causes for acne in kids and how to treat them?)

Health benefits of bottle gourd juice for babies and toddlers:

Not just the vegetable but also its juice offers numerous health benefits. Bottle gourd meaning in hindi – lauki is quite popular for its juice.  Let’s look into the benefits of lauki juice.

  1. The benefits of lauki juice are not confined to the body and skin; it is also beneficial to the hair. Premature hair greying in children is most common these days and is mainly due to nutritional deficiencies. Early in the morning, drinking a glass of bottle gourd juice can help prevent the formation of grey hair. ( Reason for hair fall in kids)
  2. Sesame oil mixed with the juice is an excellent remedy for insomnia. It’s a good idea to massage the scalp every night with this preparation. (not recommended for babies below 1 year) 
  3. If your kids suffer from mental illness, epilepsy or stomach acidity or indigestion as well as mouth ulcers then bottle gourd juice is a great remedy.
  4. The bitter form of bottle gourd is used as a cardiac tonic, a poison antidote, and a tonic for bronchitis, cough, asthma, and liver illnesses. You can give a teaspoon of this juice to your babies. 
  5. A glass of bottle gourd juice mixed with a pinch of salt can help minimize sodium loss from the body (salt can be avoided for babies below 1 year of age).
  6. Bottle gourd juice is an alkaline mix that helps to reduce the burning feeling in the urinary tract.
  7. Benefits of lauki juice, extracted from leaves is also proven medicine for jaundice.

Steps to prepare bottle gourd/ lauki juice:

Following are the steps for making lauki juice: (Summer drinks for kids)

  • Cut off a piece of the end and taste it first, then proceed. Using a lauki that has a bitter flavour is not recommended.
  • Then, peel off the entire skin from the lauki, and cut it into little pieces. Mix them in a blender.
  • Black pepper and salt can be added to suit your tastebuds. You can also increase the flavour by adding mint leaves, ginger to your juice. ( Avoid pepper and salt for children below 1 year of age)
  • You can also add a few drops of lemon or amla to the lauki juice to enhance its flavour and antioxidant content.
  • Combining other veggies with lauki juice is not recommended because it may have a detrimental impact on your health.

Before giving your infant bottle gourd, there are several precautions to follow:

  • Baby’s age:  When a baby is about 6 months old, bottle gourd can be introduced to his or her diet. It is critical to introduce semi-solid foods during this stage for the baby’s health and development.
  • How to offer bottle gourd to your baby: Peeling the hard outer covering, cutting it into little pieces, and heating them is one of the best ways to provide bottle gourd to your baby. The vitamins in it are washed out during the boiling process, so don’t boil it. Steaming is a better option.
  • How much bottle gourd to feed: The amount of bottle gourd to use is determined by the baby’s age. When the baby is at the age of six months, only a couple of tablespoons are required. As the infant grows, you can increase the amount of bottle gourd.

More and more parents throughout the world are adopting bottle gourd into their baby’s diets as they learn about the health benefits of bottle gourd. Bottle gourd, on the other hand, should not be consumed uncooked because it might be detrimental to the stomach and intestines. (7 foods to boost immunity in kids)

In conclusion, bottle gourd is beneficial to both the physical and mental health of your children. It will make a world of difference if you incorporate it into the baby’s weekly menu.

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8 foods with B vitamins and why you need them?

foods with B vitamins

Today’s lifestyle revolves around nutrition. When we say nutrition, it means eating a healthy and balanced diet. Nutrition helps in overall health, as well as the prevention and treatment of a variety of illnesses. This is not possible without getting adequate levels of vitamins in your diet, especially B vitamins which work together for many bodily functions. Foods with B vitamins can help to keep you healthy naturally. 

Benefits of B vitamins

B vitamins are essential for overall health and well being. When it comes to energy, cognitive function, and cell metabolism, B vitamins play a major role. 

  • Breaks down the food: B vitamins aids the enzymes in breaking down food. They help them to convert higher molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats into simpler ones by releasing energy. Also, it plays an important role in moving oxygen and energy across your body. 
  • Production of RBC cells: Your cells grow and multiply with the support of B vitamins. Some B vitamins also help the body make hemoglobin, which is essential for red blood cell synthesis. Hemoglobin is a protein that gives blood its red color and aids in oxygen transport throughout the body.
  • Promotes immune function: Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a B vitamin that helps various metabolic functions of the immune system. Studies suggest that supplementing with this B vitamin improves immunological responses in critically ill persons.(Foods for strengthening kid’s immunity)
  • Supports brain health: Some B vitamins types help in brain development and function by reducing the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. (Foods to increase intellect in kids)
  • Prevents diseases: They also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. 

Common signs of B vitamins deficiency:

When it comes to the B vitamins, one thing you should know is that they are water-soluble, which implies that they dissolve in water and does not store in the body. Foods with B vitamins must be consumed daily, either through diet or supplements, in order to maintain a stable level. ( Vitamin B’s required for hair growth in kids)

Here are some signs and symptoms that occur in the body when they are deficient in the B vitamins types. They are:

  • Anemia
  • Dementia
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Poor memory
  • Mood swings
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Having trouble in speech
  • Loss of body balance

B Vitamins Types:

Let’s first understand about the B vitamins types. B vitamin also known as B complex is comprised of eight important B vitamins:

  • Thiamine-Vitamin B1
  • Riboflavin-Vitamin B2
  • Niacin- Vitamin B3
  • Pantothenic acid-Vitamin B5
  • Pyridoxine-Vitamin B6
  • Biotin- Vitamin B7
  • Folic acid-Vitamin B9
  • Cobalamin-Vitamin B12

Each of these vital vitamins helps your body function properly, in kids as well as adults.(Vitamins for kids). Hence it is important to include foods with B vitamins.

THIAMINEVitamin B1 :

Vitamin B1 plays a crucial function in the process of turning food into energy. Deficiency of vitamin B1 causes Beri-Beri, an illness of the heart, digestive system, and nervous system. Beriberi is common in malnourished people and those who consume large amounts of alcohol. Beriberi causes difficulty walking, loss of sensation in the hands and feet, and paralysis of the lower legs, and it can even cause congestive heart failure. Furthermore, consuming any of the B vitamins types for an extended length of time can cause an imbalance of other vital B vitamins.

Sources of Vitamin B1: Whole grain cereals, nuts, beans, yeast and meat.(Best nuts and seeds for kids) 

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B1 for children, men and women is shown below:

foods with B vitamins
RDI Vitamin B1
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B1

RIBOFLAVINVitamin B2 :

Riboflavin is a type of  B vitamin that aids in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins in the diet, as well as the conversion of food to energy. This B vitamin also helps to maintain the health of your skin, intestinal lining, and blood cells. Riboflavin can also raise your energy and immunity levels. Riboflavin also helps with acne, muscle cramps, and carpal tunnel syndrome. According to the National Institute of Health, it’s possible that consuming an adequate amount of riboflavin can help avoid migraine headaches and cataracts.

Sources of Vitamin B2: Green leafy vegetables, nuts, meat and dairy products.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B2 for children, men and women is shown below:

foods with B vitamins
RDI Vitamin B2
Recommended Daily Intake for vitamin B2

NIACINVitamin B3:

Every day, we require vitamin B3, also known as nicotinic acid or niacin, in our meals in order to convert the food we eat into usable energy. Inadequate amount of niacin in your diet may cause a condition known as Pellagra. Dementia, diarrhea, mental disorder, inflamed mucous membranes are some of the symptoms of pellagra. Niacin’s health benefits include its usage as a therapy for excessive cholesterol levels in the blood.

Sources of Vitamin B3: Green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy products.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B3 for children, men and women is shown below:

foods with B vitamins
RDI Vitamin B3
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B3

PANTOTHENIC ACIDVitamin B5 :

This form of B vitamins types is required for numerous metabolic activities that occur in our cells on a daily basis, including the energy-producing breakdown of carbs and fats. For our bodies to manufacture hormones, as well as for growth, we require pantothenic acid. A small amount of pantothenic acid might produce in the intestines by bacteria, but not enough to meet the daily needs. 

Sources of Vitamin B5: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, avocado, mushrooms, whole grain cereals, potatoes, dairy products and organ meat (liver). 

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B5 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B5
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B5

PYRIDOXINEVitamin B6:

Vitamin B6 is essential because it participates in over 100 enzymatic processes in the body’s cells, assisting us in digesting amino acids from food and forming new RBCs. It also helps in the production of serotonin which is a “feel good” neurotransmitter. With doctor supervision, it may help pregnant women manage morning sickness. 

Sources of Vitamin B6: Beans, Banana, brown rice, carrots, cheese, milk, lentils, fortified cereals, spinach, sunflower seeds, whole grain flour, chicken, liver.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B6 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B6
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B6

FOLIC ACID-Vitamin B9:

Vitamin B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is an essential component for the growth and development of the human body. Folate aids in the formation of DNA and RNA, as well as protein metabolism. Dietary folate is also necessary for the production of healthy red blood cells. And it is especially important in times of fast growth, such as during pregnancy and development of foetus. 

Sources of Vitamin B9: Green leafy veggies, sprouts, fresh fruits, nuts, beans, peas, asparagus, fortified cereals and bread, seafood, eggs, peanuts.

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B9 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B9

COBOLAMIN-Vitamin B12:

Cobalamin is important for the production of blood cells and to sustain healthy nerve cells in the body. Vegetarians and vegans may not obtain enough vitamin B12 in their meals and may need to take a B12 supplement. A vitamin B12 shortage can lead to a number of symptoms including weakness, exhaustion, constipation, a decreased appetite, and weight. Failure to meet the minimum requirements can also have negative effects on the nervous system and can lead to mental illness such as confusion, depression and dementia. 

Sources of Vitamin B12: Dairy products, fish, meat, beef liver, fortified cereals. 

Recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12 for children, men and women is shown below:

RDI Vitamin B12
Recommended Daily Intake for Vitamin B12

A diversified, balanced diet naturally rich in foods with B vitamins such as leafy greens, almonds, beans and legumes, whole grains, lean protein, mushrooms, and eggs can help most people stay healthy and overcome B vitamins deficiency. Take a vitamin B supplement if you aren’t receiving it from the sources for B vitamins.

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7 healthy Benefits of carrot for kids

Carrot is one of the most loved vegetables among kids. We all know that carrots are good for the eyes, but the health benefits of carrot are many . Carrot is a root vegetable, usually orange in color however, carrots in purple, red, yellow, white and black do exist. carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Generally carrots are narrow and cone shaped. One can eat it raw or they can be boiled, steamed and cooked. Carrot has a crunchy texture and a sweet flavor which makes it a gifted vegetable.

The following is the nutritional profile for one cup chopped raw carrot.
NutrientsAmount% daily value*
Calorie41 
Protein1.2 gram2%
Total Carbohydrate12 gram4%
  Dietary fiber3.6gram 
  Sugar6.1 gram 
Fat0.3 gram0%
Sodium88 mg4%
Potassium410 mg9%
Calcium42.24 mg3%
Iron0.38 mg2%
   

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice

Vitamins

Vitamin A: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This nutrient promotes good vision and is important for growth. One cup of raw carrot provides 430% of daily value for vitamin A. (How to retain Vitamin A in food?)

Vitamin K: Carrot is an outstanding source of vitamin K. this vitamin plays an important role in building strong bones and is also required for blood to clot. One cup of raw carrot provides 21% of daily value for vitamin K.

Vitamin C: Carrot provides Vitamin C also, which supports your immune system and helps your body to absorb iron. One cup of raw carrot provides 13% of daily value for vitamin c.

B vitamins: Vitamin B-6 helps assemble amino acids into proteins, while thiamine supports nerve and brain function. One cup serving of raw chopped carrots provides 9% of the daily value for vitamin B-6 and 6% each of the daily values for thiamine, niacin and folate.

Plant compounds in carrots: Carrots are a great source of many plant compounds, especially carotenoids, such as beta carotene and lutein.

Health benefits of carrot

Following are the benefits of carrot for kids and adults also

Boost immunity:

These root vegetables absorb lots of nutrients from the soil like phosphorus, sulfur, magnesium (how does this mineral help with stress?), calcium along with being rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that together protect against diseases and illness and make them best immunity food for kids. The antioxidants, apart from helping the body against free radical damage, guard the body against harmful bacteria, viruses and inflammation. ( Tips and foods for immunity building)

Eye health:

One of the most important benefits of carrot is for eye health. Carrot is a rich source of vitamin A, which plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outer covering of your eye. Rhodopsin, a protein present in eyes that helps to see in low light, is a component of vitamin A. Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene and lutein, which are antioxidants that can help prevent eye damage caused by free radicals. ( How to improve weak eyesight?)

Good for digestive health:

Carrots are high in fiber and help in maintaining good digestive health. Fiber makes your stool bulky which helps it pass smoothly through the digestive tract and prevents conditions like constipation. (Tips and foods for constipation)

Weight loss:

The primary step to lose weight is proper digestion. If you are on diet you should include foods that are high in fiber and carrot is one of them. Eating more fibers gives you the feeling of fullness i.e., they release the satiety hormones. It also helps in digestion. This makes us eat less naturally, hence promoting weight loss. ( Natural ways to reduce weight)

Promote skin and hairs health:

Benefits of carrot also includes healthy skin and hair. Vitamin A in carrots promotes firm, elastic and healthy skin. Beta carotene that gives carrots their orange color will also brighten your skin and make it glow. It also helps in nourishing dry skin because they are packed with potassium.  It helps repair skin tissues while also protecting skin from harmful radiation. Carrots provide your hair with vital vitamins, making your hairs stronger, thicker and shinier than ever before. (How to get glowing skin and healthy hairs?)

Deworming:

Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. This orange vegetable can help to deworm your kid and in other stomach disorders too. Beta-carotene has the ability to destroy the eggs of intestinal worms. Eating it raw after washing properly can be the best home remedy for deworming kids. Carrot scrapes the mucus which is home for these parasites and helps to push away these worms out of the intestine. (Why deworming in kids is necessary?)

Carrot as first baby food:

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. Carrot 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. (Foods and recipes for 6 months old baby)

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Recommendation for First aid in case of cuts and wounds

Wounds and kids go hand in hand. As your little one is keen to explore the environment around them, they are bound to get some cuts, bruises and scars. These injuries might frighten some parents, but if you take proper first aid in case of cuts and wounds they are not likely to be dangerous.  No matter how much we try to watch over our children and ensure their safety, it is inevitable that the average toddler, preschooler, and school-aged kid will get a cut or scratch from time to time.

So if you are looking for first aid in case of kid’s small cuts and wounds, here are some tips to heal their delicate skin in no time

First aid tips in case of cuts and wounds
Put on the pressure:

Kids’skin is very soft with lots of little blood vessels on the surface, so don’t panic if the wound bleeds heavily. First wash your hands and cover the wound with gauze or a clean towel and press down for 5 to 10 minutes. Keep pressing for a few more minutes even if the bleeding stops. this is the basic step for first aid in case of cuts

Clean the wound:

Once the bleeding has been controlled, clean the wound with a lot of cold water to flush away any small debris and make sure that the dirt is removed. Also clean the surrounding area with mild or non-fragranced soap.

Applying ointment:

Apply an antibacterial ointment on the affected area and put on the bandage. Change the bandage daily or when required. Once the cut seems to be healing you can remove the bandage and leave the area open to heal.  Monitor the wound from time to time for any signs of infection such as redness and drainage.

Protect from sun:

Always make sure to protect your child’s skin from sun, as damaged skin are more likely to get infected and can become discolored due to sun exposure. (How to protect your skin from sun?)

When to call a doctor

Following are the cases when you should immediately call your doctor for help.

  • If the cut is on the face or near the eye
  • The bleeding is heavy and you wouldn’t be able to stop the bleeding even after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
  • If the cut is due to some object and is still in the skin.
  • The cut is larger than a half inch and deep.
  • If the wound is not healing properly and seems infected.
  • Tthe baby develops a high temperature.
  • If the last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago.
Home remedies for cuts and wounds

There are many ingredients in your kitchen that act as a healer because of their healing properties. These home remedies will help in cleaning the wound and protect it from further infection. Apart from first aid in case of cuts , these remedies work best on minor wounds, in case of major injuries, please reach to your medical provider.

Turmeric:

Turmeric is an extraordinary spice in terms of health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that fight inflammation. According to the study the curcumin in turmeric helps the wound healing by modulating collagen. Make a turmeric paste with a little bit of water and apply on the wound, this will help to stop the bleeding immediately.(How to use turmeric for immunity?)

Garlic:

Garlic has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help stop bleeding, lower the pain, and heal your wounds faster. Making a paste out of garlic and applying it on the open wounds can help treat external infections.

Aloe vera:

According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties. It is probably the most popular home remedy for cuts or bruises. Applying aloe vera gel on the open wound for a few days can heal it completely. apply aloe vera gel on the affected area and let it dry. Later, rinse with clean water.

Coconut oil:

A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis. As coconut oil contains lauric acid and other essential fatty acids too, it possesses antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This helps in prevention of infection. Coconut oil helps in wound healing by increasing the production of collagen. It is considered as an important wound healing protein.(More benefits of coconut oil)

Tea tree oil:

Tea tree oil is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial properties and it helps provide relief from pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Applying a drop of tea tree oil on an open wound can heal it really quick.

Cinnamon:

The strong antibacterial properties of cinnamon can also help heal wounds. Cinnamon has the ability to fight infections and reduce inflammation. It  has a component which helps with pain relief. Additionally, cinnamon is also known to help cure burns and heal the skin by cooling it down. (More benefits of cinnamon)

Ice pack For bruises:

Ice packs are the best thing to apply on bruises. It helps in reducing the pain, swelling and the discoloring of the skin.

Wound healing foods:

Following is the list of foods which reduce inflammation, promote the production of white blood cells, improve the immune system, and provide the essential nutrients to the body for faster recovery.

  • Omega-3 rich and Vitamin E foods: Sunflower seeds, salmon, sardines, hemp seeds, nuts, avocado.
  • Antioxidants and vitamin C rich: Green tea, pomegranate, dark chocolate, tomatoes, olive oil, watermelon.
  • Beta-carotene rich: Carrots, sweet peppers, sweet potato.
  • Dark green vegetables: Spinach, kale, broccoli.
  • Berries: Blueberry, strawberry, cherries.
  • Probiotics: Yogurt, buttermilk, cheese.
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ADHD in kids: Symptoms and remedies

ADHD

Do you feel that it is hard for your child to pay attention? Do you feel that your child finds it difficult to sit without movement or maybe restless and overly active? If yes, it can be a sign of ADHD or Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or these are the ADHD in kids symptoms.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder in kids. It is a disorder which makes it difficult for kids to pay attention, control Impulsive behavior, and feel restless. Usually, the symptoms of ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) start to surface between the age of 3 to 6 years old, and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. However the symptoms like hyperactivity improves with age and other symptoms like poor impulse control and disorganization often continue through the teen year

Many kids find it difficult at some point of time in focusing, sitting still, paying attention and self-control. But kids with ADHD find it more difficult and more often. It can affect a child’s life at school, at home or even with friends.

ADHD in kids: symptoms

Following are some common symptoms in the behavior of child with ADHD, generally noticeable in the early childhood:

Inattentiveness:

Trouble in staying focused on a task.

Often makes careless mistakes

Easily distracted.

Appears forgetful or losing things. (foods to increase memory)

Difficulty in following instructions.

Frequently avoid tasks that require a long time.

People usually complain that he/she doesn’t listen even when someone is directly talking to them.

Disorganized.

Hyperactivity:

Excessive physical activity like unnecessary climbing and jumping.

Talk nonstop.

Be fidgety and restless.

Trouble sitting still.

Disrupt others or can’t wait for their turn.

Impulsive:

Act too quickly without thinking.

Interrupting conversation.

Constantly tap their hands or feet.

Not able to interpret danger.

Desire for immediate reward.

Difficulty sleeping.(What are some foods that help in sound sleep?)

Causes:

However the exact cause of ADHD is not clear yet and research is continuing. The kids with family history of ADHD, who were born premature or have low birth weight, brain injury that happened either in the womb or later in life are at high risk.

Diagnosis:

If you notice any of the above ADHD in kids symptoms in your child, you must go for a proper diagnosis as recommended by the doctor. While there is no specific test for ADHD, diagnosis may likely include.

Medical exam.

Gathering information about the symptoms that exist, and from when these symptoms started.

Whether these symptoms are affecting their day to day life, or they find it difficult to socialize.

Family history of ADHD.

May also involve interviews or questionnaires for family members, teachers and others close to the child.

It is important to differentiate ADHD from other clinical disorders as it can have symptoms that may overlap with them. Mood disorders such as depression and anxiety can be misdiagnosed in a patient with ADHD as these symptoms (inattention and poor focus, memory loss, distractibility, etc) generally persist in individuals with the disorder

Treatment and Therapies

While there is no cure for ADHD, currently available treatments can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Treatments include medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

Healthy ADHD diet for kids:

It is very important to feed kids a nutritious diet from the early years itself, even more important if the child is suffering from ADHD. Along with the treatment and therapies a healthy ADHD diet for kids including essential nutrients is must, which may help in reducing the symptoms. Experts say whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ADHD. Below is the list of essential nutrients recommended as a part of a healthy ADHD diet.

Protein

Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It builds, maintains and repairs body tissues. It is also essential for brain health and plays an important role in producing neurotransmitters (brain chemical). It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some foods rich in protein are: nuts and seeds, egg and dairy products.(how to get a protein rich diet?)

Omega 3 fatty acids:

Research has established a link between omega 3 fatty acids and brain development in early childhood. These healthy fats have amazing brain boosting power and play a vital role in enhancing memory and attention span. Fish & walnuts are a very good source of omega 3. (Why is Omega 3 important for your kids?)

Magnesium:

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. Banana, avocado, pumpkin seeds and spinach are some food sources of magnesium.(what are some disorders in which magnesium can help?)

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 proper brain function and development, immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing. Some food sources rich in zinc are: nuts, pumpkin seeds, spinach, chicken, shrimp and kidney beans. (How can zinc help with hair and skin health?)

Iron:

Iron is an important dietary mineral which is essential for the growth and development of kids- both physical and mental growth. It is also responsible for carrying oxygen from lungs to different parts of the body. Lack of iron in children’s bodies leads to iron deficiency (how to deal with iron deficiency in kids?) and may also significantly affect dopamine metabolism (brain chemical). Green vegetables, fruits, and dried fruits are some sources of iron rich foods.(How can a cast iron pan help?)

Complex carbohydrates:

Having whole grains and less processed food and flours reduces risk of blood sugar spikes, also they feel full for longer, this will prevent them from unnecessary snacking. It also encourages better sleep. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils are carbs rich foods.(importance of good carbs for kids)

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what is gluten free means: A guide to a Gluten free Diet for Kids

What is gluten free means? Is a gluten free diet advisable for kids? Before answering this question let us understand the meaning of gluten and gluten free diet. Gluten is a protein found naturally in certain grains including wheat, barley, spelt and rye. There are two main proteins in gluten: glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for the adverse health effects of gluten. The name gluten is derived from the glue-like property of this protein. When the flour mixes with water, the gluten protein forms a sticky texture that has glue like consistency. A gluten free diet is an eating plan that excludes foods containing gluten.

Why a Gluten free diet for kids? 

Gluten is not harmful and unhealthy. Avoiding or cutting gluten from your kid’s diet would not make your child feel better, however kids with certain health conditions are advised to avoid gluten or have a gluten free diet.

If the child is suffering from Celiac Diseases or gluten intolerance, should stick to a gluten free diet. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine’s lining due to eating gluten. People suffering from this disorder experience unpleasant symptoms after eating gluten rich foods like bread or pasta. Whereas gluten intolerance is the body’s inability to digest or break down gluten. Some people have gluten intolerance with mild sensitivity to gluten while others may have celiac disease.

Symptoms of celiac disease

Children with celiac disease may have the symptoms like weight loss, vomiting, abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea or constipation and in some cases delayed puberty(How to deal with puberty in girls?). Kids with a family history of celiac disease are at higher risk. If you feel your child has any symptoms of celiac disease or gluten intolerance, call your doctor and go for the test he/ she suggests.

Treatment

Currently the only way to treat celiac disease is to avoid gluten. A lifelong strict gluten-free diet is the only available treatment for celiac disease. Parents should take extra care of kids with this disorder, as it is very difficult for kids to understand and follow the restricted diet. Make everybody around them aware of the fact like their teachers, school staff and friends.

Some foods are naturally gluten-free and some made gluten-free through a process of purification. There are several foods that are naturally gluten-free, such as rice, corn, potatoes and a number of different grains, seeds and legumes. Historically, rice, corn and potatoes have been the first natural substitutes for gluten-containing grains.

Gluten containing cereals:

Some foods that naturally contains gluten and should be avoided by a person or child suffering from celiac disease or have gluten intolerance are:

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Kamut
  • Malt
  • Triticale
Gluten free foods:

Gluten free foods are often low nutrients, as opposed to their gluten containing equivalents. Kids with celiac disease need to avoid gluten, they cannot eat many foods which are often good sources of minerals and vitamins. So, in order to make sure that your child gets all the nutrients despite the gluten free diet, meet with a registered dietitian nutritionist. A dietitian can work with you and your child to develop a gluten-free, balanced eating plan. Here are some naturally gluten free foods with their benefits.(Nutrients a child require?)

Vegetables:

Veggies like carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, peas and other leafy greens are mostly gluten free. These veggies are a great source of vitamin A, C, E, fiber, iron and antioxidants. Vegetables are often a good source of prebiotic fiber that supports a healthy gut and immune system by becoming the food of the good bacteria living in the gut. Encourage your child to eat a variety of vegetables so that they do not face any mineral or vitamin deficiency due to a such diet. (Power foods for kids)

Fruits:

Fruits are one of the gluten free foods. Fruit provides vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and many phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants), which helps kids’ bodies to stay healthy. Fruits being rich in antioxidants boost a child’s immunity and give sustainable energy which is specially required when the child is on a special diet. It also ensures kids healthy growth and development. High in fiber contents it aids in proper functioning of the digestive system and thus prevents constipation. Fruits also provide a wide range of health- boosting antioxidants, including flavonoids.(fruits for teens and kids)

Nuts and seeds:

Apart from being gluten free foods, Nuts and seeds are among the best foods with protein to meet the daily requirement of the body. They are packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium, fiber, potassium, healthy fats like omega 3 and 6 (Why Omega 3 is important?). They are considered super healthy for brain development in children, nuts also help keep their immune system strong. (Why to include nut and seeds daily to a kid’s diet?)

Whole Grains:

Except for a few whole grains which contain gluten, rest are naturally gluten free. However when you are purchasing gluten free whole grains, always check the labels, because even gluten free gains can be contaminated with gluten, if they are processed in the same facility as gluten containing foods. Some of the gluten free whole grains are: quinoa, rice, brown rice, sorghum, millet, amaranth, teff, arrowroot, oats and buckwheat. Whole grains are nutritious foods for kids as they are powerhouse of energy and rich in carbohydrates, protein, iron, fiber, iodine, magnesium, zinc, folate, riboflavin and vitamin E. All these nutrients help in overall growth and development of kids.

Gluten free source of Protein:

Protein is considered the body’s building block and repair agent. It’s also integral in forming enzymes and hormones in the body. From digestion to immunity, from hair to nails, everything requires protein. Some such sources of protein are: legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas), fresh fish, tofu, red meat, fresh chicken and egg. (Some easy sources of protein)

Gluten free dairy products:

Most of the dairy products are naturally gluten free, but if they are flavored and contain preservatives or additives, do check the labels before buying, as they can include thickeners, malt and modified food starch. Some of the dairy products are: milk, yogurt, butter, paneer, cottage cheese, ghee etc.

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Healthy Alternatives of sugar for Kids

In today’s era of packaged and processed foods, sugar is just unavoidable, it is in everything you eat from breads to sauces, from snacks to beverages. It is now high time to shift on healthy alternatives of sugar for kids. Bread is one of the most staple foods in every household for kids.( What happens when you eat too much bread?) 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. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other. The food industry has understood the formula to entice more and more kids towards their products- ADD SUGAR!

However, sugar has many positives and contains healthy nutrients, if you take it in its natural form. In processed form, large intake of sugar can harm the growth and performance of a child. Sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Kids often fall sick, heal slowly, are physically unfit and become lazy. Kids love to enjoy meals with high sugar content. Here are some reasons why too much sugar is harmful.

Effects of Added Sugar:
Weight gain:

The first and the most significant risk of excessive sugar intake is weight gain. According to a study, a diet high in fat and sugar, especially sugary drinks can lead to leptin resistance, a hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating. (How to fight Obesity?)

Causes tooth cavities:

Sugary foods cause tooth decay which may lead to cavities. When sugar is consumed it comes in contact with bacteria within the plaque to produce acid. This acid causes tooth decay and it slowly dissolves the enamel which leads to cavities in the teeth. ( why it is important to brush your teeth at night?)

Poor nutrition:

If you eat more sugary foods and drinks, you will miss the chance to absorb important nutrients from nutritious foods. Such intake on a regular basis can deplete four of the best bone-friendly nutrients from your child’s body. Consumption of sugar increases an enzyme that degrades vitamin D and thereby also results in reduced absorption of calcium by the bones. 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. (Which nutrients a child needs on daily basis?)

Risk of acne:

A diet rich in added sugar has been associated with the risk of having acne. Foods with high sugar contents cause your body insulin level to spike which increases the production of oils in the skin  and causes pores clogging, which results in acne. ( some home remedies for acne)

Early ageing:

consuming a diet high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of AGEs (advanced glycation end production). AGEs damages collagen and elastin, which helps the skin stretch and keep it youthful and when collagen and elastin damages the skin becomes loose and begins to sag.( How to protect your skin from ageing with foods?)

Fatty liver:

foods with high sugar contents especially fructose increases the risk of fatty liver. Unlike other types of sugar fructose is exclusively broken down by the liver. If the food has a large amount of fructose, your liver becomes overloaded and leads to many fatty liver diseases. (What is fatty liver and how to prevent it?)

Spikes blood sugar level:

High sugar consumption drives resistance to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels. Insulin resistance leads to an increase in blood sugar level and also raises the risk of diabetes.

Sugar is present naturally in all the foods that contain carbohydrates, like fruits, vegetables and grains, and consuming sugar in its natural form is okay, but problems occur when you consume too much added sugar. Our body runs on energy which is derived from Protein, Fat and Carbs. 50-60% of daily energy comes from carbs (Fiber + Sugar). Today, the majority of the energy (calorie) from carbs is derived from added sugar intake. Whereas, for our kids to have a balanced healthy growth, we need the energy (calorie) to come from natural sources of carbs (sugar) along with protein and fat.

The solution here is to shift focus to natural sweeteners. These alternatives to added sugar are extremely nutritious. Apart from making a dish sweet, they also load it with required nutrients. Natural sources of sweetness are also rich in antioxidants which help in building our immunity and also keeping our body young. Such sugar from natural sources doesn’t increase the blood sugar level in our body. Below are some natural sugar substitutes.

Health Sugar Alternatives:

These sugar alternatives are a healthy mix of fructose and fiber (and also other nutrients). It is important to consume sugar along with other nutrients. This slows down the sudden rise in blood sugar levels. Consuming large quantity of simple sugar increases the blood sugar levels in the body. Constant increasing of blood sugar levels lead to signs of diabetes in kids (a common concern these days, and also on a rising trend). When sugar is consumed, the blood sugar level rises.

To manage that, insulin is released and the liver works on lowering the blood sugar levels. Imagine, when this happens at a constant basis. Soon the body stops reacting to insulin too. Liver is overburdened with this task and eventually becomes weak in its performance. Overall, this creates a mess for the body. To be able to manage this well, sugar must be consumed in limited quantity and also with other nutrients in its natural form (example whole fruits instead of fruit juices).

Date sugar:

Date sugar is made by drying and powdering the dates. It is an easier sweetener to add to baked goods like cakes and cookies, and also to porridge and oat meals. Apart from making the dish sweet, it is a powerhouse of antioxidants, iron and fiber. It is one of the most common alternatives of sugar (Recipe for one pot dark chocolate dates cake)

Black strap molasses:

It is made after the third boiling of sugar cane juice. The majority of sugar (sucrose) from the original juice has crystallized and been removed. It is considered a dietary supplement. 1 tablespoon can give up to 20% of daily recommended intake of several vitamins and minerals. The taste of this is strong but can blend well with other ingredients in smoothies, shakes, cakes and cookies.

Coconut sugar:

Coconut sugar is extracted from the sap of the coconut palm. This also contains nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, as well as antioxidants. It also has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, which may be partly due to its inulin content. It can be used in place of sugar for baking, and making any sweet dish or beverages.

Raw honey:

In its raw form honey has many health benefits, it has antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antifungal qualities. But it should be used in moderate quantities as it has a high fructose level. You can buy local or unprocessed honey rather than the one easily available in store which are highly processed. ( recipe for honey turmeric balls, good for immunity)

Stevia:

Stevia is one of the Alternatives of sugar made up of the leaves of a stevia plant, a kind of herb, it’s extremely sweet and safe in its natural form. It has no carbohydrates, calories or any artificial ingredients and a very low glycemic index, so does not spike your blood sugar level. Stevia in powder or liquid form is easily available in supermarkets and health-food stores.

Monk fruit sugar:

This sugar is extracted from the monk fruit, a small and round fruit grown in Southeast Asia. It has no calories and no effects on blood sugar level. Monk fruit contains natural sugars, mainly fructose and glucose. It is high in unique antioxidants called mogrosides, which make it 100–250 times sweeter than regular sugar.

Maple syrup:

Maple syrup is the most loved sugar substitute because of its flavorful taste. It contains many antioxidants and a lower score on a glycemic index. Also rich in minerals like calcium, zinc, potassium and iron. Maple syrup is made by boiling the sap of maple trees and is easily available in stores. So next time when you make something sweet for your kids use these sugar alternatives. (Recipe of chocolate Twix bar)

Recipe: Almond Oat Dates Cookie with hidden herbs and nuts

Let’s make every dish tasty and nutritious by ‘hidden’ nutrition of veggies, herbs and nuts.

Check the Recipe made with Iyurved’s secret health ingredient- DAILY NUTRITION spread.

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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.

India’s First Tasty Kids Nutrition fortified with Ayurvedic herbs.

If your child is a picky eater or does not take enough nutrition for the day, you can give ‘5 Ayurvedic herbs and 7 Nuts’ chocolate or savoury spreads to meet daily Nutrition ORDER | 0% preservative

Daily Nutrition for: Immunity, Brain development, Bones and Overall growth

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