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Diet and Nutrition > Diet fo Raising Kids

Growth failure and short stature among children Image courtesy of Clipartkid

One of the most important considerations for every parent is that their children grow up strong, healthy and go on to become successful. Our DNA contains all the information that drives us to reproduce and it also includes an inbuilt desire for improvement.

However, due to economics crooked politics and sometimes just bad luck, children don't get enough to eat and consequently their growth is retarded. But it's not just physical growth that is retarded, their minds also fail to develop to their full potential thereby reducing their chances ofásurvival and success in the world.

Physical growth is dependent on an adequate supply of nutritious food, and this begins with the mother's milk. When a mother is in good health and produces plenty of milk, the child receives essential factors to improve its immunity to potentially harmful pathogens as well as the building blocks for its physicality.

When mothers milk is nutritionally complete, and the physical and social contact between mother and child is normal, these factors best help children to grow and to establish healthy and strong social connections. But here we are more interested in the physical aspects affect a child's growth.

As well asámothers, health, social and living conditions, and nutrition and manyáresearchers are concerned aboutáhuman growth hormone (HGH) andáprotein intake.

Human Growth hormone isáalso known as somatotropin,áIt's a peptide hormone that stimulates/regulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration in humans and other animals. It's produced within the lateral wings of the anterior pituitary glandáin our bodies. áAs well asáspurring growth in children and adolescents, it also helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fatámetabolism, and possibly heart function in adults.

How does HGHáenhance Growth?

  • Increases calcium retention, and strengthens and increases the mineralization of bone
  • Increases muscle mass through sarcomere hypertrophy
  • Promotes lipolysis
  • Increases protein synthesis
  • Stimulates the growth of all internal organs excluding the brain
  • Plays a role in homeostasis
  • Reduces liver uptake of glucose
  • Promotes gluconeogenesis in the liver.
  • Contributes to the maintenance and function of pancreatic islets
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Increases deiodination of T4 to T3.
  • Deficiency of Protein result in Growth Failure and short stature among children.

A lack of HGH may cause:

  • Delayed physical growth
  • Delayed mental growth
  • Delayed sexual maturity.

Due to the nature of modern food manufacturing and processing, we must suffer high volumes of chemicals that we were never designed to eat. These chemicals can interfere with normal bodily processes including the action of growth hormones and other key nutrients.

As a consequence of the increasing precedents of stunted growth and mental retardation, many scientists and researchers arrived at a consensus that for children to grow strong healthy adults, they need to have a high intake of animal protein.

If we look at countries where meat is the mainstay of the diet, we can indeed see that children who eat a lot of meat and animal products have a tendency to grow beyond their parents proportions although there is no evidence to suggest they are any smarter or more intelligent.

One of the consequences of a diet that is high in animal protein is an abnormally high incidence of cancers and other chronic conditions that reduce health in later years and shorten overall lifespan.

In contrast when we look at countries like India where vegetarianism is the normal way of life, indeed we see some people are shorter in stature and more slightly built. But in contrast to meat eating people, their intelligence and mental ability is well above that of most Westerners and they suffer as do vegetarians around the world from less disease.

After children are weaned from the breast, the most important considerations are that they get adequate nutrition and this is achieved by giving them a broad range of fruits, vegetables, pulses and legumes with minimal amounts of sugar.

They also need a considerable amount of daily physical and mental exercise, and typically these requirements are above and beyond what most city kids have on a daily basis. Sugar may weaken them and A1 cow's milk may lead to them experiencing allergies as will many of the chemicals used in modern agriculture and food processing.

Is much as it may be distasteful to children who live in a world awash with media hype and glamorous advertising old-fashioned values that have been proven over many thousands of years are more important than some of the experimental ideas touted by modern science.

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