Vitamins and Minerals for Kids
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Your body needs tiny quantities of vitamin and mineral nutrients every single day to stay healthy and to help you grow and develop. The way to make sure you get your daily vitamins is simple : eat healthy food as much as you can!
Good healthy food is plenty of water, milk and dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat, poultry and fish and healthy grains such as pasta, rice and oats. Avoid too much processed foods, sugary snacks and drinks, and fatty fast foods such as burgers, fries and doughnuts. See a 'A HEALTHY DIET'.
Many children nowadays don't eat healthy enough and are nutrient deficient. Make sure you're not one of them!
Vitamins A, B , C , D, E & K help to keep your skin, your eyes and your bones and teeth healthy. They also boost your immune system, help you grow and develop and aid the nervous and brain systems to work properly.
Vitamins A, D, E and K are called fat soluble vitamins. They get stored in your body fat and this means in theory you don't have to eat them every single day because if you miss a day then you should have stores inside you!
Vitamins B and C are water soluble vitamins and are not stored in the body. This means you MUST have sufficient every single day. These generally come from grains, fruit and vegetables.
If you don't get enough vitamins it can have serious health side effects such as weak teeth and bones, sore eyes, tiredness, stomach cramps, anxiety, dry skin and eczema, excessive bleeding and even bruising easily.
Minerals help you to have strong bones and teeth, healthy skin, help you to grow and develop, sleep well and even reduce anxiety. They are also really important for a healthy heart, a normal blood pressure and for a healthy functioning digestive system.
They main minerals are iron, calcium, magnesium, iodine, phosphorous, and sulfur. You can get all the minerals you need through eating healthy foods such as milk and dairy food, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat, grains and nuts.
If you don't get enough minerals it can have serious health side effects such as weak teeth and bones, dry skin, eczema and possibly hayfever.
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