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Your Child’s Health Is In Your Hands!

“Tomorrow’s world is already taking shape in the body and spirit of our children.”
– Kofi Annan

This quote from the seventh United Nations Secretary General (from January 1997 to December 2006) and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kofi Annan, reminds us of the critical importance of attending to the needs of children, not only for their own sakes in the here and now (as “beings”), but also as the “becomings” of the future.

While children’s health and development is dependent on a myriad of factors that we mention below, their eating behaviours are fundamental to their health. If we as parents, want to ensure that we have not only healthy kids but smart kids as well, we must pay attention to what is affecting them.

Did you know that the development and long-term health of children, physically, mentally and emotionally, is linked to their nutritional habits from their early life onward?

Parents obviously have a high degree of control over the environments and experiences of their children, partly because children model themselves on their parents’ eating behaviours, lifestyles, eating-related attitudes and habits, and their happiness or dissatisfactions regarding body image. Eating behaviours are thus likely to be established early in life and may be maintained into adulthood with little thought given to their long-term effects.

So what can parents do to ensure their child gets the best start in life?

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What’s Killing Our Children?

In June 2006, there were 4 million children aged under 15 years in Australia, representing one-fifth (19%) of the total population (ABS 2006a). In 2004-05, 41% of children aged under 15 years had a long-term health condition compared with 44% in 2001 (ABS 2006 & ABS 2002). That’s a 3% decrease in just three years – things are on the improve. Or are they?

In fact issues like SIDS reduced dramatically, but others were still on the increase. The Health & Welfare Institute and other organisations looked at the following emerging health concerns in Australian children:

  • Asthma – more on asthma here
  • Type 1 diabetes – more on type 2 diabetes here
  • Cancer – more on children’s cancer here
  • Congenital heart defects – more on heart health here
  • Digestive disturbances in children – more on that here
  • And many others including, mental health issues, disability, and so on. This list is really endless.

So lets look into what this means. As a parent myself, I have seen a struggling health system failing us in providing adequate health improvement for our children, and knowing what I knew that could make a difference, I determined to do what I could about it. But what are parents actually dealing with today? Read More

The Importance of Iron In Your Diet

Did you know that one in 12 Australian women are iron deficient? Other research suggests that one in three misses days at work because she is too exhausted to get out of bed. Simply too tired to enjoy life. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.

Iron depletion and deficiency and, less commonly, iron-deficiency anaemia are prevalent in all age groups, but particularly in infants, the elderly and women after the onset of menses, and also in socioeconomically deprived populations, such as refugees and recent migrants.

If you are short of iron, you’ll probably get very tired and may suffer from anaemia. Taking iron supplementation, in combination with other nutrients (in particular fulvic acid which helps it’s absorption) helps prevent anemia, a condition in which a person’s red blood cells are too small and too few.

Iron helps both the mother and baby’s blood carry oxygen around your body through the red blood cells, and when you’re pregnant, through the placenta to your baby. Iron helps the muscles in both mother and baby develop, and can also lower the risk of preterm birth and low birthweight. It’s obvious that if it helps the unborn child, then it is helping your future growing child’s needs too.

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EFA Benefits For Increased Fertility

It’s wonderful that at last mainstream ‘health’ research findings now show that both eating well and using nutritional supplementation, well before conception as well as during pregnancy and during breast feeding, can have a long term positive effect on the health of your baby for the rest of their life.

Today let’s look at nutrient levels, at the benefits of supplementation and in particular of essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Omega-3 fats are important for eye function, learning, memory, vision and behaviour. The impact they have on both foetal development and the mothers health is no longer new news to most parents.  Most people are aware these days that we all need an adequate supply of all nutrients to remain healthy, but do you know what part EFAs alone, play in eye function, learning, memory, vision and behaviour?

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