Much needed calming fuels for your child
The foods that we eat are made up of macro-nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre and water) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals). We all need a proper mix to function and the same goes for your child.
Because your child is still developing, deficiencies in these nutrients can have a noticeable impact on your child; from trouble sleeping and night terrors to mood swings and behavioural problems.
Children who are on the spectrum are often deficient in certain micro-nutrients and there has been some success in calming these children through the treatment of supplements.
Here at SPR Juniors, we’ve reviewed the top SEVEN micro-nutrients your child needs and have recommended some different foods to introduce to your child’s daily diet:-
Vitamin D is really important in children to help keep their bones, teeth and muscles healthy as they grow.
Top foods that include Vitamin D: salmon, tuna, sardines, eggs and organic low-fat dairy.
Red blood cells
Iron is an essential element for the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen throughout your body.
Top foods that contain Iron: spinach, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, pumpkin seeds and grass-fed lean beef.
Vitamin B6 is needed for proper brain development in children. It helps make the hormone serotonin which regulates mood and nor-epinephrine which helps a child’s body cope with stress.
Top foods that contain Vitamin B6: spinach, bell peppers, garlic, cauliflower, bananas, broccoli, kale, carrots, cabbage, beans, nuts, fish, poultry and eggs.
Children need Zinc to grow and develop properly. It also helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Zinc deficiency is also linked to night terrors in children.
Top foods that contain Zinc: Chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, poultry and lean grass-fed beef.
Magnesium is important for many processes in the body including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Top foods that include Magnesium: almonds, black beans, non-GMO tofu or edamame, swiss chard, spinach, green beans, celery, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.
Niacin or Vitamin B3 boosts brain function and can help lower cholesterol.
Top foods that include Niacin: poultry, salmon, dark leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, spinach, tuna, cabbage, carrots, tuna and mushrooms.
The human body is unable to produce Thiamine (Vitamin B1) which the body uses to convert food into energy.
Top foods that include Thiamine: oats, beans, lean grass-fed beef, oranges, romaine lettuce, asparagus, spinach, sunflower seeds, broccoli, cabbage and carrots.