10 Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies in Children
As a parent, it’s often easy to let your kids eat what they want. After all, they’re your babies and you want to keep them happy. However, most often than not, they don’t want healthy snacks or meals which can lack the nutritious value they need. Here are ten signs parents of nutritional deficiencies parents need to look for in their children, per Weed ‘Em And Weep’s blog.
1. Depression/Anxiety – Depression and anxiety starts with the brain when the body lacks amino acids. Kids need plenty of amino acids to create neurotransmitters in the brain. The best way for your children to get these amino acids is through protein from animals. Plants also have protein, but include an incomplete number of amino acids.
2. Hyperactivity – Hyperactivity is the state of being abnormally active and symptoms include ADHD, fidgeting, sleep apnea and more. Children with hyperactivity tend to have poor bacterial flora and digestion which can make it hard for the body to absorb nutrients properly. Gelatin, broths and homemade probiotics are a great source to combat hyperactivity.
3. Delayed Speech – Kids with delayed speech are related to a B12 deficiency. Foods with a good source of B12 include organ meats, beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, dairy, and eggs.
4. Dry Skin/Hair – Kids with dry skin and hair possibly lack fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K2. Flavored versions of fermented cod liver oil is a good supplement.
5. Crowding of Teeth – The spacing of your children’s teeth can give you an indication of their nutritious deficiencies. Dr. Weston A. Price finds that children who eat modern, processed foods develop poor dental structure and spacing while those who eat a traditional diet full of rich fats, complete animal proteins and properly prepared carbs, developed even spacing of teeth and have enough room for wisdom teeth.
6. Cavities – Cavities not only come from eating too much sugar and candy, but they can also develop from having a deficiency of proper minerals and fat soluble vitamins that are needed to absorb the minerals.
7. Frequent Colds & Flus – Parents of kids who get sick often need to re-examine their diets. As diets change, health changes and children (and adults) get sick less, if at all. Eat a balance of all the food groups, and rarely eat processed foods like soda, juice, cookies, crackers, chips, snack packs, etc.
8. Cranky or Sporadic Emotions – Fats, especially Omega 3s found in wild salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies and mackerel, are good for mood stabilization. Carrots and saturated fats from butter and coconut oil also help and protect Omega 3s in the brain.
9. Poor Cranial Structure – Poor cranial structure, known as flat-head syndrome, can be improved by the mother eating a diet high in fats, including saturated fats from animal products, whole proteins from seafood and animal meat, and properly prepared grains. Some vegetables and fruits are also suggested, depending on what’s in season. Staying clear of processed foods also helps.
10. Obesity – Obesity is related to malnutrition when the body doesn’t get the proper nutrients and become starved. This leads to eating more. A balance of all foods, including seafood, animal products, raw milk, cheese, butter, coconut oil, fruits, vegetables and properly prepared grains is recommended as opposed to eating processed foods or restrict fats, carbohydrates or protein.