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What is the most common nutritional deficiency in kids, and why?
Vitamin D is the most common nutrient deficiency. Its synthesis depends on skin exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays and children now spend less time outdoors and use more sunscreen. These products block the activation of the “sunshine vitamin.”
Orange Naturals ND Shake for kids is a wonderful and appetizing way to ensure that they are getting important nutrients. A fat soluble combo of vitamins D3 and K2 is recommended, in addition to foods rich in Vitamin D like eggs, fish, sardines and oils.
Children are often deficient in essential fatty acids found in Omega 3 and 6, due to a diet heavy in carbohydrates. Food like nuts and seeds, grass-fed meats, and healthy oils like coconut, olive and hemp are also high in these sources.
Besides essential fatty acids, many children are deficient in minerals such as iron and zinc. Low ferritin and low levels of zinc have been linked to common paediatric health concerns including recurrent otitis media (middle ear inflammation), poor attention spans, ADHD and other behaviour issues. Iron stores and zinc may be low due to a range of factors such as low dietary intake, hypochlorhydria (a lack of stomach acid – essential for digestion) and even intestinal dysbiosis (microbial imbalance).
Like adults, children can suffer from poor sleep, anxiety, headaches and restlessness and other mood imbalances. This is a potential two-fold issue involving magnesium and protein deficiencies. Magnesium supplementation corrects mental, emotional and physical tension, creating a state of relaxation. Protein helps to balance neurotransmitter production, which further promotes a “zen” state.
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