Between 5 and 15 years of age grey matter volume peaks and the brain reaches its final adult volume. This period is marked by the highest rate of development in specific areas of the brain, including those related to complex functions like memory, problem-solving, language, and social behaviors. Brain growth, and development during this period lay the foundation for cognitive, motor, and socio-emotional skills, and academic performance throughout the rest of childhood and adulthood. Brain growth and development during the school years are highly dependent on adequate nutrition, and particularly five essential nutrients: iron, zinc, DHA, folate and vitamin B12. Discover how to nourish the brain during THE TRANSFORMATIVE 10 years.
In the school age years healthy eating habits are acquired by fostering the right behaviors at home and in school. Growth and development of body and brain together with environmental influences shape a child's behaviors, including the foods they eat. And dietary behaviors in turn affect body and brain, in a constant interaction which determines long-term eating habits. Discover how Nutrition and behavior intersect to support lifelong health during THE TRANSFORMATIVE 10 years.
Physical barriers, such as of the lungs, the gut and the skin, are an important corner stone in protecting against environmental pathogens, pollutants and antigens. Defects in these barrier functions are associated with certain health conditions including inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease or atopic dermatitis.
A well-balanced and varied diet always matters, but it’s especially important while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding increases the daily needs of many nutrients, mainly of certain micronutrients.
Gut microbiome development in early life is linked to long-term health. Bifidobacteria make up to 90% of the microbiota of healthy breastfed infants born by vaginal delivery, but factors such as C-section birth, formula feeding, antibiotic use, preterm birth, diet and home environment can result in a less healthy microbial profile.
During pregnancy, many physiological changes in a woman’s body take place to allow for the normal growth and development of the baby. One of the most noticeable changes is weight gain within recommended ranges.
Did you know that an adequate nutrition during the toddler and preschool years has an important impact on the foundation for lifelong health? Toddlers and pre-schoolers are in an intense phase of developing many of their body functions, including the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, bones and muscles, as well as many neurological skills.
Pre-pregnancy nutrition influences the health of the future mom, as well as a successful pregnancy experience, by reducing birth defects and supporting the baby’s healthy growth and development, including cognition.