Nov 14th is our day to celebrate the little humans in our life. From what to feed them, how much to feed, to dealing with eating tantrums to designing a balanced meal plan, the topic of children’s nutrition has never been as debatable as it is today.
With an increasing number of children suffering from allergies, infections, and even chronic lifestyle diseases like obesity and autoimmune conditions, a balanced diet can be the most powerful tool to ensure optimal mental and physical development.
Some of the symptoms of an imbalanced diet include:
· being obese, overweight, or underweight
· frequent illness and allergies
· poor concentration at school /inability to focus
· constipation, or irritable bowel syndrome,
· lack of energy
While designing a balanced meal involves a whole gamut of ingredients, here are three simple supplements to power your child’s daily nutrition:
1. For sharp mind and focus - Brahmi (Gotu Kola))
One of the best brain tonics according to Ayurveda, Brahmi is also called the ‘herb of longevity, as well as the ‘fountain of life. Adding Brahmi to your child’s diet can help improve their memory, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and mental alertness. Brahmi also helps regulate cortisol levels, which means lower levels of anxiety, hyperactivity, panic, nervousness, and other symptoms induced by stress. It is also helpful for reducing Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. The antioxidants in Brahmi also help improve the body’s immunity levels, making your child more resistant to everyday infections.
2. For stronger immunity - Chyawanprash
An age-old Ayurvedic formulation known for its immunity-boosting power, Chyawnaprash is also known as the elixir of life. Enriched with wild forest Vitamin C-rich Amalaki and 38 healing herbs including Ashwagandha, Punarnava, Giloy, and Shatavari, Chyawanprash can help strengthen their immunity against common illnesses like cough and cold, support digestion and healthy assimilation of nutrients, reduce inflammation and boosts overall energy and health. Give your children the recommended dosage of 1 teaspoon once in a day to fortify them from within.
3. For energy and overall health - Honey
Worried about the high amount of refined sugar in your child’s food? Replace your dietary sugar with honey. This natural sweetener contains flavonoids and phytonutrients, making it a much healthier and more nutritious alternative to refined sugar for children over the age of one year. Among its many benefits, honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help maintain a healthy gut microbiome, thereby enhancing digestion and immunity. Also, children love its delicious taste and texture, making their regular food taste more appetizing. Pour some over their morning cereal or paratha or dribble some in their fruit juice or yogurt for a tasty and healthy snack. If you are worried about purity, opt for Organic India’s Multi Floral Forest Honey. Collected ethically and sustainably from Himalayan forests, ORGANIC INDIA’s Multifloral honey is certified organic, rich in phytonutrients, and a great source of energy for your little one.