The Effects Of Nutrition On Children And Adolescent 's Growth And Development

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Nutrition plays a pivotal role in children and adolescent’s growth and development. It affects their ability to learn, function properly, and their behaviors. The brain and body both require proper nutrition in order to be healthy. Therefore, it is crucial to have an in depth understanding of proper nutrition in order to ensure children are functioning at their best. Studies show that children’s nutrition can directly affect their mental capacity. For instance, iron deficiencies decrease dopamine transmission, which negatively impacts cognitive processes. Lacking proper nutrition can cause deficiencies in vitamins such as thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin B, iodine, and zinc and minerals, which can also impair cognitive abilities and mental concentration. The four main dietary components known to alter children’s behavior are gluten and dairy, refined sugars, and caffeine. Gluten and dairy are natural dietary elements yet are still known to have adverse effects on bodily functions. Refined sugars and caffeine are considered unnatural and too inhibit optimal functioning. These dietary components are found to result in unfavorable behaviors in children. These behaviors include tantrums, screaming, anger, restlessness, insomnia, and irritability. The primary causes of these negative behaviors reside in the diets of children and through the consumption of these mind-modifying foods. Amendments of diet can improve unwanted behaviors in children. Gluten, dairy,…
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