June 2022 Volume 1 / Issue 189

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Editor’s Letter

The Impact of Food Choices for Children

Children must have good nutrition at crucial, developmental stages of their lives in order to promote early brain development, ward off childhood obesity and build up a strong immune system to fight illness.

GOOD NUTRITION AND A HIGHER IQ

Children who don’t get enough vitamins, minerals and fatty acids in their diet underperform at school. A study1 of more than 7 000 children, conducted at the University of Adelaide, compared a variety of dietary patterns in the first two years of life. Children breastfed until the age of six months and fed a diet inclusive of legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months had an IQ that was higher by two points at age eight. Their junk-food counterparts, who were regularly fed biscuits, sweets and soft drinks in their first two years of life, had IQs up to two points lower by age eight.

AVOID EARLY OBESITY

Childhood obesity is on the rise worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 17% of American children and adolescents are affected by obesity, and the South African Medical Research Council states that over 17% of urban South African children between the ages of five and nine are overweight. These shocking statistics are partly due to a lack of physical exercise but also, of course, to a bad diet consisting largely of fast foods and soft drinks.

BOOSTING THE YOUNG IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system plays the most important role when it comes to fighting disease. Unfortunately, our immune systems are only fully developed by the age of 14, so it is crucial that children benefit from a nutritious diet to help them ward off infections. Boost your child’s immune system with the following nutrients: vitamin C (most important), vitamin E, beta-carotene, bio-flavonoids, zinc, garlic, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.

Reference

1. Smithers L, et al. Dietary patterns at 6, 15 and 24 months of age are associated with IQ at 8 years of age. Eur J Epidemiol. 2012;27(7):525-535.

THANK YOU TO OUR EXPERTS

Our authors receive no payment or any other form of remuneration from us or from the industry. They take time out from their busy schedules to write articles – and then we insist that they meet our deadlines, submit extra references, answer endless queries from reviewers and copy editors, and respond to the letters we receive from you, our readers. Here’s to all of them! May their tireless and tremendous efforts bring them well-deserved rewards.

Yours in Healthy Living

Daleen Full Signature Daleen Totten

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There is some confusion about the difference between pre- and probiotics. There are 400 – 500 types of bacteria in the digestive tract, each of which has many strains, with a total of one hundred trillion bacteria and a weight of about 2 kg (about the size of the liver). Just imagine the chaos created by a course of antibiotics!

Prepare your Immune System for Winter

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The immune system is key to our overall well-being and when its function is impaired, it usually tends to disrupt our health in more ways than one. A cold or the flu often occurs when immune function is compromised, but a flagging immune system can also manifest in more sinister ways – from autoimmune disease to cancer.

Tips on Discerning Dietary Supplement Use

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Strolling down the supplement aisles at health stores and pharmacies to choose the best multivitamin can be confusing. With so many different brands and varieties to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. Given the abundance and conflicting nature of information available about dietary supplements, you may need help to sort the reliable information from the questionable.

Time for a Pantry Clean-Out

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Every now and then we need to get rid of everything in the kitchen that could wreak havoc with our health. Restock with nutritious foods, beverages and snacks. If you don’t have forbidden products in your kitchen, you won’t be tempted to eat them in moments of weakness.

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