5 Important nutrients for Kids. (We stock Immunped!)

Having a young 18 month old I understand how difficult it is with trying to feed (get them to eat!) nutritious organic foods all the time, let alone give supplements.  Moreover, the best supplement in the world is basically useless if your child simply doesn't take it!

For this month's blog post I have compiled the essentials in light of my minimalist style, for the average modern day baby and child.

Enjoy!

Vitamin D

Many mums start out low in Vitamin D which we get for free from sunshine, and as a result pass very little vitamin D through breastmilk to their nursing babies. 

This means many babies especially breastfed babies have low vitamin D.  

We need vitamin D for bones, brains, and hormones!

My strategy is to ensure mummy has had enough sunshine during the pregnancy or at least has vitamin D in her supplement regime, and to have naked babies out in the sunshine more often. 

However this is not always the case and babies need D supplementation.  

Omega 3

DHA is most important for a growing brain from birth til around age 3. 
A mix of DHA and EPA is needed for kids and adults aged 3 onwards.

Vitamin A

This is found in any food that is orange in colour, such as sweet potato, papaya, Carrots, Pumpkins and is crucial for skin and tissue growth, eyes and immunity.  

Cod liver oil is a wonderful supplement to take that contains the above 3 nutrients.  

The taste may be the limiting factor, but if you started young, your child may not mind it. 

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If not, you may use my hack of combining Nordic Natural's Cod liver oil with scott's emulsion and giving the right dose to your child. 

Remember to do this carefully as Vitamin A is not good to overdose on.    

My son LOVES the taste of my scotts emulsion + Nordic natural hack, and I have to hide it!  

Probiotics

If you live in 2018 and beyond, chances are your gut bacteria is that of "modern man" ie. dysbiotic, from generations of industrial toxins, half a decade of drugs, hormone residues, pesticides and a "germ-phobic" and antibiotic loving lifestyle. 

This means that the balance of good and bad bacteria is totally off.  Therefore, parasites, yeasts and unwanted bacteria easily colonise the gut and give inflammation, food intolerances and further chronic problems further down the line.  

What can we do?

Ideally, I recommend home made yoghurt and kefir, but especially in asia people (and kids above 1yrs old) aren't good with cow's milk products.  

It is also as important to eat other fermented foods such as tempeh and sauerkraut and to eat enough fibre.

Especially for kids, they also form their microbiota by playing barefoot in the dirt daily!   

In clinic, I use a prescription-only probiotic for kids and adults.

Zinc and Vitamin C

While Vitamin C seems to have had all the limelight where immunity is concerned, zinc is actually the bigger problem in our society today.  Many kids have zinc needs and when low, can have low quality skin, hair, digestion, immunity and bones.  Sometimes we can pick up zinc spots on the nails, and other signs.

Zinc and C is a powerful combo where immunity is concerned, and I give my son this especially during travels, and I advise families to stock up on this when a child is entering a new childcare or school.  

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I am a great fan of Immunped which can be used from as young as 1 years old, has a delicious apple taste and a stable formulation of both vitamin C and Zinc.  

Remember, nothing beats a nutritious diet but these are often low even with our best efforts in feeding our child!  

Where to find Immunped in Singapore?  We have it!  
Where to find Metagenics Ultraflora Probiotics for kids?  Yup, here too.  
Where to find Omegavia in Singapore? - the purest omega oils in the market?  :)

Book a consult to discuss your family's needs. 
I love to help simplify your family's nutrition, allowing them to reach their highest potential.   

Move Over Diabetes, What Is Insulin Resistance?

Apparently Singapore has declared a war on diabetes.  Why does it have to be a war?  Diabetes is not a military attacker.  It is the result of our bodies' coping with the high sugar and sedentary lifestyle we pile onto it. 

If we remember how to live well, our bodies would not be compensating erratically, and there would be no diabetes.  And there would be no war.

Read on, to understand how you can test and work on your health upstream, to prevent this metabolic disease years before it takes hold.
 

Photo by Ankabala/iStock / Getty Images


What is Insulin?

Insulin is a peptide hormone produced by beta cells of pancreas. It is considered the main anabolic hormone of the body and plays a major role in metabolism. This hormone allows your body to use glucose for energy. Thus, balancing the glucose levels in blood. In case of excess blood glucose level, insulin signals your body to store it in the liver for later use.


Diabetes

Two main types of diabetes exist, type 1 diabetes (Insulin dependent) is an autoimmune disease in which the body abnormally destroys pancreatic cells and therefore it cannot make insulin.  It usually starts from childhood and kids require insulin injections.  

In type 2 diabetes (Non-insulin dependent diabetes), over years, the body become resistant to persistently high levels of insulin in the body.  Once the pancreas gets tired of producing higher and higher amounts of insulin, production slows down and we require insulin injections to replace a failing pancreatic gland.

Insulin Resistance

When the body cells become unable to respond to the action of insulin, it becomes resistant to insulin.  In insulin resistance, muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond to insulin in a proper way causing difficulty in glucose absorption from the bloodstream. This results in the increase demand of insulin to help glucose enter cells.


Overproduction of insulin begins with the pancreatic beta cells. This keeps blood glucose level in the healthy range as long as the beta cells are able to produce enough insulin. Insulin resistance typically develops with obesity and in severe conditions it may results in the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Insulin Resistance leads to prediabetes and diabetes.

Insulin resistance is a prediabetic state.  Insulin levels are high.  When this goes on for longer, the pancreas begins to tire out, producing less and less insulin.  This is the road towards diabetes, where eventually insulin has to be replaced, usually with a self injection.

How to prevent Insulin Resistance

The primary factors mentioned by scientists as the major contributors to insulin resistance are excess weight and physical inactivity. While other factors like sleep problems, cigarette smoking, inflammation etc. as shown below might results in insulin resistance as well.

How to check for Insulin resistance?

Check your fasting insulin levels!


About Dr Cheryl Kam

Dr Kam puts the value back into healthcare by focussing on prevention and optimising your wellness today, to prevent expensive illnesses tomorrow.   

Schedule an appointment to begin your journey to wellness!