How to Help Your Child Grow Strong Bones

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One of the best gifts that we can give to our children is the gift of health and wellness. This means ensuring that they have everything they need to grow up to be strong and independent adults. Your chiropractic team knows that one of the best ways you can do that is to help them grow strong bones that will hold up through a lifetime of activities.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to help your child grow strong bones, but a little effort in childhood can make a huge difference in their adult life decades down the road. Here are a few foods that will help your child grow the strong and healthy bones that they’ll take with them into adulthood.

Healthy Foods

Helping our children get in the habit of making healthy food choices is a crucial part of parenting. In addition to ensuring that our kids get plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, the following foods can also have a positive impact on a growing skeletal system:

  • Yogurt- filled with the vitamin D we need for strong bones. Try mixing some with fresh fruit for an added vitamin blast.
  • Milk- just eight ounces of milk can provide your child with 30 percent of their recommended daily allowance of calcium.
  • Cheese- you don’t need much to get big calcium benefits; just two ounces provides your child with one-third of their daily requirement.
  • Sardines- filled with both calcium and vitamin D. Use them in pastas to sneak them past picky eaters.
  • Dark leafy greens- spinach, kale and chard are great sources of the potassium your child needs to grow strong bones.
  • Salmon- packed with 100 percent of the vitamin D your child needs in a day and a healthy portion of omega 3 fatty acids to boot, experts say we should eat this wonder food at least twice a week.

Supplements

While it’s always best to get the majority of our vitamins and minerals from whole foods, it can sometimes be tricky to make sure we’re getting enough. If you’re interested in giving your child vitamins, talk to your chiropractor to find out his or her suggestions. If you decide to provide your child with supplements, make sure to include the following vitamins:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

Chiropractic Care

While it’s important to impress upon our children the importance of proper diet and exercise, they can also benefit from regular chiropractic care. Visiting a chiropractor regularly will keep your child’s body properly aligned, so it’s able to work more efficiently. In addition, your child’s chiropractor will be able to examine your child to ensure that they’re growing properly and he or she may even be able to notice and diagnose health problems before they become a serious concern.

If your child doesn’t have a chiropractor of his or her own, the time has come to seek one out. The efforts that you make on your child’s behalf today will reap a lifetime of health and wellness.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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