Help Your Child's Healthy Future Today
Have you ever watched your child build a tower of toy blocks? If he's been playing with them for some time, he's probably figured out (hopefully, without any injuries) that the better the foundation he builds, the higher he can make his tower reach.
That's a good metaphor for your child's development. Parents everywhere are waking up to the realization that their children's experiences during the first 1000 days of life, especially nutrition at critical periods in their early years, makes a difference that can impact their health as they grow into adulthood. This is called the Early Nutrition Programming. Take a moment to digest that: the awesomeness of your kid's life is in your direct capacity to influence!
If you've been following the health craze that's swept the globe over the last couple of years, you can probably guess that nutrition is a huge chunk of that awesome.We already know that protein is one of the big pillars of nutrition. In the right quality and quantity, it drives growth, gives the body energy, strengthens the immune system, influences metabolism, and more. But how important is protein in the early years of your child's diet?
This is the exact question that the exciting hypothesis called Early Nutrition Programming answers. To illustrate, let's take an example from nature. Biologists have observed that in honeybee colonies, the young larvae that feed on a mixed diet evolve into worker bees while those that feed only on royal jelly? They become queen bees. You can bet that proper early nutrition creates a vital difference in your child's future.
Parents are always thinking of what's best for their children, and are faced with a daily onslaught of choices about what that means. But giving your child the right protein is a choice for which the science makes perfect sense -- you just have to go and make it.
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- Koletzko B. et al. Programming research: where are we and where do we go from here? The American Journal of Clinical Nurition. 2011. Vol 94:6 (suppl) 20365-20435