10 Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies in Children


  1. Depression/Anxiety

Depression and anxiety begins in the brain but can be brought on by nutritional deficiencies. Proteins are made up of amino acids. These amino acids can be found in plant and animal foods.
Amino acids are important because the brain uses them to create neurotransmitters such as serotonin, endorphins, catecholemines and GABA. These neurotransmitters keep us feeling happy and calm instead of depressed and anxious.
A diet complete with high quality protein can help to correct this nutritional balance. You can count protein intake or eat whole meat cuts that include fat and even make broth out of the bones. In severe cases supplementation with specific amino acids may be needed to help support the body.

  1. Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity is related to how the brain processes information and how the body can remain calm at the same time. Children with hyperactivity typically have poor bacterial flora and digestion. This makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients. It is recommended to avoid processed foods and foods made with food colorings. It is also suggested to enhance natural broths to aid in digestion and to follow a good gut healing protocol that includes a natural probiotic.

  1. Delayed speech

Delayed Speech can be related to a deficiency in B12. Children should not be given a B12 supplement until tested for the specific deficiency, but increased intake of foods rich in B12 are a great alternative. These foods include organ meats, beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, dairy and eggs.paleo diet

  1. Dry Skin/Hair

Dry skin and hair can be related to a deficiency in fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K2. This can be accomplished but supplementing with fermented cod liver oil at half a teaspoon per day. 

  1. Crowding of teeth

The relationship between crowded teeth and nutritional deficiencies is well-recorded. Dr. Weston Price’s research on this subject found that those children who ate modern, processed foods or whose mother ate poorly during pregnancy, had children who developed poor dental structure and spacing. Those children who ate a traditional diet full of rich fats, complete animal proteins and properly prepared carbohydrates across the board developed even spacing of teeth and even had enough room for wisdom teeth.

  1. Cavities

Cavities are often thought to be a result of too much sugar or candy in the diet. Though this doesn’t help, cavities are found in children deficient in proper mineral and fat soluble vitamins. Purchasing grass-fed meats and dairy versus corn-fed and avoiding highly processed grains is a start.

  1. Frequent colds and flus

A good diet is a great way to prevent sickness. Eating real food and not avoiding germs can build a child’s immune system. Chiropractic adjustments are also a great way to keep the immune system working at one hundred percent, naturally.

  1. Cranky or sporadic emotions

It has been researched that fats (mainly Omega 3s found in wild salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies and mackerel) are vital for good mood stabilization. Good saturated fats from butter and coconut oil help keep these fats in our brain.

Hormones are also a player. Unbalanced hormones can cause us to feel irritable and moody. Carrots help to absorb extra estrogen in the body!

  1. Poor cranial structure or “flat-head” syndrome

Research around the world has found that the development of the cranial bones (just like the development of the palate or teeth crowding) greatly improves when the mother ate a diet high in good fats (including rich saturated fats from animal products), whole proteins from seafood/animal meat and properly prepared grains. Vegetables and fruits were also included in these diets depending on the available season. Those who avoided processed food (including seed and vegetable oils, canned and packaged food) were immune to this problem.

  1. Obesity

When we eat foods that are not nutrient dense, our bodies are hungry. They become starved for good nutrition and that is why we do not feel satisfied. Our bodies are meant to feel satisfied with a balance of all real foods. When we stray away from these foods and start to eat processed food or restrict any macronutrient like fat, carbohydrates or protein that is when we become malnourished.

Sources:

http://www.moodcure.com/good_mood_foods.html
http://www.westonaprice.org/thumbs-up-reviews/gut-and-psychology-syndrome
http://realfoodforager.com/the-meat-of-b12-deficiency-interview-with-sally-m-pacholok-r-n-b-s-n/

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