Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Metabolism
With childhood obesity on the rise, many parents and caregivers are excited to get their kids moving over the summer. The pools are open, the weather is nice and kids are often happy to be outside playing. But did you know that when it comes to metabolism exercise is only 20% of the equation? Nutrition is the other 80%.
If you've noticed that your kids's metabolism seems slow, they're gaining weight, or their energy levels are low, then this post is a must-read for you! While there can be many reasons for this that should be investigated there are two factors worth looking at as part of a comprehensive evaluation:
✅ Insulin Resistance
✅ Chronic Inflammation
But don't worry, there's fantastic news! We have plenty of ways to help reverse these issues and support your child's health.
A recent study has uncovered a direct connection between the levels of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the blood and essential markers of metabolic health in middle-aged adults.
😥 Higher levels of omega-6 were found to be associated with poorer insulin resistance, increased inflammation, and unfavorable cholesterol levels. Clearly not something we want for our little ones!
😀 On the other hand, higher levels of omega-3 were linked to healthier metabolic markers, which is fantastic news for your child's well-being.
Guess what? It's actually quite simple to influence this by adjusting the foods your child eats!
✖️ Omega-6 fats are commonly found in refined oils and processed foods, which we should try to minimize in our children's diets.
✔️ On the other hand, omega-3 fats can be obtained from nuts, seeds, and seafood, and these should be encouraged as part of a healthy eating plan for your child.
As an integrative pediatrician, I specialize in working with parents like you to discover foods that fit your family's lifestyle while promoting your child's overall health. Let's get started on this journey together!
Remember, you have the power to make a positive difference in your child's well-being. Let's make it happen! 🙌
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