Midday Fix: Dr. Tanya Altmann’s nutrition tips

by Dr. Tanya Altmann

Tips:

Kids 0-1
For the first six months of life, breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for babies, but it’s also food for the good bacteria in a baby’s gut which helps build a strong immune system and metabolism – and a reason why pediatricians are now recommending probiotics as early as day one of life. While you should consult with your pediatrician first, probiotics are a great way to ensure baby’s immune system is developing strong and healthy

Kids 2-5
At this age, parents tend to “reward” or “silence” their kids with sweets. According to the American Heart Association, kids four to eight years old consumer 21 teaspoons of sugar over the recommended four, every day! It’s easy to go over the daily recommendation when an 8oz glass of orange/apple juice contains six or seven teaspoons of sugar alone. The best tip for this age group is to be conscious of sugar intake. Check labels for added sugars and minimize wherever possible; grab whole fruit instead and make water your beverage of choice ... Read more on WGN9