Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Pregnancy Diet

Pregnancy Diet


A balanced Pregnancy Diet is very important right from the day you come to know this good news. In fact, healthy diet for should begin when you are planning the baby. A well-nourished mom has good reserves of nutrients that are needed for the growing foetus as well as her own health. A well-nourished fetus has good prospects on the way to good physical and mental health during his life. It is important for a new mother to get right pregnancy diet at right time.

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Nutrients requirement during pregnancy increases because of:


• Growth of the maternal tissues, placentas, foetus.

• The enlargement of the uterus, mammary glands.

• Storage

• Increase in maternal circulation blood volume

Nutrients to look for in Pregnancy Diet

The Following nutrients are important in Pregnancy Diet.

1. Energy requirement is 300-500 kilo kcals more (Normal – 1900-2000 kCal) during pregnancy because growth and physical     activity of Foetus and increase in maternal body size.

2. Protein is important for growth and repairs of tissues of mother and foetus.A pregnant woman can have increased     requirement of  1.5-1.75gm/kg/day of protein during her pregnancy term.

3. Calcium requirement is 1000-1200 mg/day during pregnancy,increased intake of calcium is essential for foetal bones and     teeth and  also to protect calciumresources of the mother’s bone during lactation.

4. Iron requirement is 25-27 mg/day during pregnancy.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Healthy Snacks For Kids


  Healthy Snacks For Kids

Why it crucial to treat diet for kids discretely from that for adults?
During the initial years, kids grow very speedy in social, physical, intellectual and emotional aspects. Kids are in growing phase up to age of 18; their immune system is not fully developed. Hence they are mostly exposed to infectious diseases due to inadequate nutrition, many of which can be successfully prevented or treated through proper nutrition. With adequate amount of nutrition kids become stronger, productive and realize their potential.


Recommendations on Healthy Snacks for Kids:

1. As compared to weight, their energy requirement is higher than adults.
2. Kids are selective eaters, mostly skip meals.
3. Their diet mainly governed by the taste. They don't eat variety of food. Hence their snacks should be packed with nutrients      as well as taste.
4. Their food should be high in proteins, calcium because protein is important for the growth and development. Calcium is      necessary for bone health.
5. It is observed that kids may not like vegetables or salads served separately, but they would much all the stuffing in the     snack they like. So try to add necessary vegetables in their favorite snacks.
6. Keep your kids away from soft drinks; give them fresh unfiltered (not packaged) fruit juice, milk, fruity yoghurt,     milkshakes, buttermilk or lassi.


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