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WATER

Water is essential to your child's health, and is needed to keep all parts of the body functioning properly.

Some of the benefits of drinking water include:

  • Proper hydration
  • Digestion support
  • Constipation prevention
  • Proper blood circulation

 

Water also helps transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, regulate body temperature, and maintain electrolyte (sodium) balance.
Here are a few other facts about water to keep in mind:
There’s no specific amount of water recommended for children, but it’s a good idea to give them water throughout the day — not just when they’re thirsty.
If your child doesn’t like the taste of water, add some lemon or lime for flavour.
Kids should drink more water when they’re ill, when it’s hot out, and when they’re physically active. To learn more about what your child needs for a healthy diet, check out The Four Food Groups for Kids.

PROTEIN

Protein is the nutrient most responsible for building every cell in the body. Nothing could be more important for growing kids.

Protein is most responsible for developing muscle, bone, blood, and antibodies (produced by cells of the immune system). But that’s not all it does. It also provides energy when energy from carbohydrates is used up.

How much protein does your child’s body need? Here are some daily recommended dietary allowances of protein for children of different ages.


Recommended Dietary Allowance of Protein:*1


Children agesGrams of protein/day
1 - 3 years13 g
4 - 8 years19 g
9 – 13 years34 g

 

*Based on Canadian reference weights for age. Individual values may be different based on genetics, body size and composition, physical activity as well as energy levels.

  1. 1. Health Canada. Dietary Reference Intakes Tables. 2010. Available at: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/reference/table/index-eng.php.
VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is a unique nutrient because it can be obtained from food, but the body can also produce vitamin D in the skin with the help of sun exposure. During winter months, production of vitamin D in the body can be lower due to less sunshine and less time spent outside.


What are its key functions?

Vitamin D is essential for promoting calcium absorption in the digestive system and maintaining adequate blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, which allows for normal bone mineralization. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen.


What are some good sources?

We obtain most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight. Good food sources of vitamin D include fortified milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, as well as fortified cereals. Salmon, tuna, and eggs are also rich in vitamin D.

CALCIUM

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and it is essential to building strong bones, teeth, and muscle. Yet most kids don’t get all the calcium their bodies need.


What are its key functions?

About 99% of the body’s calcium is found in bones and teeth, where it is essential for their formation and maintenance. The remaining 1% of calcium is found in the blood, muscle, and other tissues, and has important roles in blood clotting, muscle function, nerve transmission, and blood pressure.


What are some good sources?

Good sources of calcium are: milk, cheese, and other dairy products, as well as leafy green vegetables, calcium-fortified foods like orange juice, yogurts, and some breads. And, of course, to help absorb calcium your child’s body needs vitamin D, another very important nutrient.

POTASSIUM

Potassium is a mineral that helps maintain water balance in the body’s cells. Water balance is important as it moves body fluids necessary for circulating blood throughout the body, helping kidneys remove waste from the body, and assisting nerve transactions that move muscles and cells.


What are its key functions?

Potassium is involved in multiple key functions in the body, including nerve transmission, muscle contraction, and the movement of fluids in the heart and kidneys using blood vessels.


What are some good sources?

The main sources of potassium in the diet are vegetables and fruits. Potatoes, bananas, citrus fruits, and other fruits from vines, like grapes and blackberries, are all good sources of potassium.

FIBRE

Dietary fibre is the edible part of plants or other carbohydrates that is resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Complete or partial digestion of dietary fibre occurs in the large intestine.


What are its key functions?

Fibre plays an important role in supporting a healthy digestive system, and it helps keep the body's system clean and running smoothly. Plus, when combined with ample fluid intake, fibre helps move food through the digestive system and helps reduce the risk of constipation and other digestive disorders.


What are some good sources?

A high-fibre food has 5 grams or more of fibre per serving, and a good source of fibre is one that provides 3 grams per serving. Some of the best food sources of fibre include:

  • Grains: Whole-grain breads and cereals, oat bran, brown rice, and barley.
  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, berries, prunes, and pears.
  • Vegetables: Green peas, artichokes, baked potatoes with skin, and legumes (e.g., dried beans, split peas, and lentils).

PEDIASURE COMPLETE®

PediaSure Complete® products are designed to provide complete, balanced nutrition, including important nutrients a child’s body needs to grow and function. In addition to providing a source of hydration, PediaSure Complete® also contains these important nutrients:


  • 26 vitamins & minerals, including calcium
  • Protein
  • Fibre
  • Carbohydrates
  • DHA, an omega-3 fat that supports the normal physical development of your child’s brain and eyes
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