When I was growing up, I played a lot of sports; weight lifted and generally was very outgoing. I don’t know how I did it. My breakfast consisted of a bowl of sugar-frosted flakes and milk. Lunch was two jam and peanut butter sandwiches on white bread. Supper was meat, potatoes and green beans with tea or coffee. I don’t remember drinking a glass of water unless my mother made me do it. After a couple hours of hard tackle football, all of us would go to the corner store and down one or two bottles of soda and eat a bag of donuts between us. How in the world did I even grow with that kind of diet? Was I a troubled child, of course I was. Did I get into trouble in school, of course I did. Was I labeled as a difficult student that needed the extra help and placed in the same class as all the misfits, yes I was. Did I turn out OK? Not really. At 21 years of age I was 30 lbs overweight and had to buy jeans that had “husky” on the label. I’m talking about the years from 1955 – 1970. A child today who acted in the same way I did during those years would be placed on mind altering stimulant medication and labeled for life.
Children today are not as healthy as they were just 30 years ago. This morning I asked a 6-year-old boy what he had eaten for breakfast? He told me French toast and a Popsicle. When I spoke to his mother I found out that the French toast was frozen and on a stick, that she put it in the microwave to heat it up and then poured maple syrup on it before he would eat it. Her reasoning was that she was in a hurry and this was a “fast fix.” The decreasing nutritional value of food, coupled with its increased consumption, is creating serious health problems in our children.
Youth obesity has doubled, juvenile diabetes is on the rise, over 10 million children are on mind altering prescription medication and serious diseases once reserved for adults – such as heart disease and high blood pressure – are taking root during childhood years.
Not surprisingly, the Surgeon General reports that 70% of disease in the United States is diet-related. The good news is that the solution is contained within the cause – food. By reducing the consumption of unhealthy food, and bringing food of high nutritional value back into the diets of children, we can turn this situation around.
Ongoing research has demonstrated that some childhood ailments can be eased through the use of nutritional supplements. Many ailments have a food-related cause. Often allergies stem from food sensitivity. Sugar, white flour, and fast foods can be the cause of hyperactivity. Symptoms from ailments and allergies can be eased through adding nutritional supplements into the diet. For example, eczema and allergy symptoms are eased with a nondairy diet and the inclusion of fish oils. Muscle cramps and trouble sleeping can be improved by adding a calcium-magnesium supplement to the diet because it relaxes muscles and nerves.
Nutritional supplements are showing positive results in the treatment of so called “hyperactivity” (ADD and ADHD), now very commonly labelled in children. Studies in Canada, the United States, Britain and South Africa report that 68% of the hyperactive children given Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) showed improvement in their behavior. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) is an essential fatty acid (EFA) in the omega-6 family that is found primarily in plant-based oils. EFAs are essential to human health but cannot be made in the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from food. EFAs are needed for normal brain function, growth and development, bone health, stimulation of skin and hair growth, and regulation of metabolism.
Other findings report that 67% of hyperactive children had abnormal thirst, a symptom of an essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency. Zinc deficiencies are also common among hyperactive children. A simple supplement can eliminate these deficiencies. Also, calcium magnesium calms the nervous system.
As parents, many of us have allowed our children to fall into unhealthy eating habits. Many parents do not stop to consider the caloric or fat intake of their children’s meals. For example, the recommended caloric intake for a child is about 1,500 calories per day, with an allowance of only 17 grams of fat from less-than-desirable sources. However, a typical child’s restaurant meal consisting of a cheeseburger, fries, soda and a sundae has 1,700 calories with 58 grams of saturated and trans fat. This single meal contains three days worth of harmful, artery-clogging fat!
Changing the eating habits of our children requires substituting nutritious food. It is important to consider the type and amount of foods consumed by a child. To do this requires creativity in finding healthier “taste-alikes” and other ways to get your children to make better food choices. Health food stores offer a wide variety of foods that children eat every day, so it is not difficult to create a healthy menu. Supplements are absolutely necessary to the welfare of your children so they will grow into healthy adults.
One such food offered at nutritional clinics is called “Greens First” which I consume daily on rising. I’ve replaced the sugar-frosted flakes with an energy drink that consists of a scoop of “Greens First” and a scoop of “Dream Protein.” What makes this drink the number one choice in Super Food drink mixes is the guaranteed refreshing great taste when mixed with plain water. Children love the taste while getting the antioxidant power of over 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in every scoop. The “Dream Protein” gives 20g of Whey protein along with all the essential amino acids to help build strong bodies. This is the fastest way to give your children the daily nutrition they need!
At these clinics they combine Nutrition Response Testing, organ detoxification techniques, enzyme therapy along with proper nutrition to ensure that patients are moving in the right direction toward optimum health.
As parents we must take responsibility for providing proper nutrition for our children. Start slowly. Give your children a “Greens First” protein shake in the morning and watch how they love the taste and how their overall outlook on life improves. Improve dinners, add water and cut out empty calories. In time, your children will adjust to the changes and even like them. Your children will feel better. And you will feel better knowing that you are giving them the tools to live a healthier life.
Paul Turnbull (727) 445-7842 firstname.lastname@example.org
President, EP Management, Inc. www.expandingpractice.com