Children's Health - The Growing Child

Immune System

When we consider what differentiates a child's nutritional requirements from those of an adult, growth demands, resilience and more intense exposure to germs head the list. So, not only is their adaptiveness being challenged to the max, but also their actual growth means that their nutritional reserves sometimes just may not be able to keep supplying their immune systems for the "battle of the bugs".

Growth

This means that a child’s nutritional requirement may be somewhere between 80% and 120% of that of an adult from the age of two years and onwards, despite their size!

Resilience

This means that their bones are softer and so can survive a fall easier than an adult. It also means that the same bones can gain - or lose - calcium much easier. In other words, growth can be affected dramatically by the quality, quantity and balance of their nutritional input.  Also, their immune system is relatively more capable than an adult’s to fight off childhood diseases and other infections – but again, only given the same nutritional status. This ability is due to their highly-developed thymus gland – a key feature in the child’s immunity and lymphatic system. Situated in their sternum, this gland – along with the tonsils and spleen – is the young body’s major disease-fighting defence system and a major source of manufacture and supply for infection-fighting white blood cells.

This is the resilience factor with which Children are blessed by nature, with this hugely developed thymus gland, whose job it is to draw in and demolish any infectious agents that enter their bodies. These busy work centres of immunity also see to it that their imune systems "remember" the invader, and can mobilise antibody "troops" rapidly the next time the interloper appears. But, like all systems, it only works as well as it is allowed - read sufficient nutritional status.

High exposure to germs.

However, children are susceptible to contracting a given disease for the first time, to which an adult may have been exposed. They also encounter more bugs in many cases these days, due to the crowded nature of their child-care centre environments and air-conditioned shopping malls. 

Nutritional status.

Children may be at a disadvantage from undernutrition, depending on their parents’ skill and attention to detail. This is because their high calorie needs – due to the growth factor – often means that parents are tempted to “fill them up” with “empty calories”. This could lead to an over-abundance of sugary foods containing too little protein (nutrients), vitamins and minerals (known as micronutrients). So please check labels of tins of spaghetti, baked beans, flavoured tune - added sugar is an epidemic!

Not only can this skewed nutritional intake lead to a sluggish immune syetem, it also sets them up for an unnecessary life of obesity. 

Nutritional Intake

Altogether, we used to say that there were about 50 such essential nutrients needed in the diet on a daily basis to ensure the optimum health of your child and most of them are needed to either make or activate a white blood cell from food AND WATER. Now, we recognise that over 90 elements are needed to power one or more of the enzymes (catalysts) that are required to spark around 24,000 chemical reactions that occur at any instant in a healthy human cell. And we have about 50 trillion cells in the average person.

That's why we now make our own multivitamin/mineral capsules and fizzy powder as well as mineral capsules that contain all of the known elements that are biologically required. In fact, we have added a Supasmoothi to our arsenal that contains over 105 essential nutrients and can act as a complete food. But to all of these, you need to ensure adequate fats - hence I have formulated Phil's Oil to provide non-marine, essential omega-3 oils to your daily food intake. 

Also, why do I keep saying water? After all, isn’t that just stuff that fish do funny things in?

Well, there’s a bit more to it than that.

To find out more about our amazing nutritional range and especially our complete and totally balanced vitamins,  compounded in our own lab, contact us.

Water

CLICK HERE to read more about your Child's health and water - the essential ingredient

Pollution

Pesticides from water, air, fabric, cleaning materials, household pesticides and food additives pose further challenges to young bodies. In fact, American researcher, Dr John Lees, has pointed out that the toxic nature of these “petrochemical” pollutants have a serious cumulative effect on humans and animals. They are thought to be the cause of the global decline of animal species and human fertility. (Water-dwelling animals such as frogs are the most susceptible and have been virtually wiped out of existence in the wild. Birds are the next to go, feeding off farm crops and copping gobfuls of pesticide).

Animals higher up the food chain are eating steadily accumulating amounts of pesticide – animals like us.

Is it affecting our children? D’r Lees said in the early nineties that – if the trend continued – the last fertile male child in the U.S.A. could well have been born by the year 2,000. Time will tell.

 

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