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Could Your Child Have Nutritional Deficit Disorder? (page 2)

Could Your Child Have Nutritional Deficit Disorder?

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Updated on Jul 11, 2011

 

Spinach

Everyone knows that spinach is healthy, but they may not realize why. Spinach and other green, leafy vegetables are a good source of folate, or folic acid. Pregnant women take folic acid supplements in order to limit the risk of brain defects in the fetus. In children and adults, folic acid is an important prerequisite for healthy brain cells as well.

 

Nuts

If you want to give your child’s food a crunch, avoid deep-fried batters and salty chips, and try sprinkling on some nuts instead. Filled with fiber and nutrition rich, nuts will fill up your child with their healthy fats and proteins.

 

Dr. Bill also suggests that children exercise their bodies in order to keep their brains in gear. This proposition is easier said than done in a world of texting, video games, and endless web-surfing, but Dr. Bill believes that it is an important component of treating NDD.

And although many kids are picky eaters, Dr. Bill maintains that study after study has shown that a child’s taste can be shaped. Until now, their tastebuds have been shaped to need highly sugared and colored foods, but they can be reshaped by merely offering the same healthy (and possibly rejected) food time after time.

So why do doctors tend to diagnose children so often without checking for NDD first? “Doctors don’t have time to go into all this,” says Dr. Bill. “They don’t have time to take a full nutritional history, analyze it, and tell parents what to do about it. So they give out medications instead; it’s a lot faster. And because of the recent healthcare reform, this is only going to get worse.”

So if doctors aren’t going to spread the word, it looks like parents are going to have to educate themselves.

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