Vital Nutrition

Do you struggle with eating a balanced diet, or getting your littles ones to eat as you desire to see them to? Living with cerebral palsy and adequate nutrition is vital on multiple levels. Today I want to focus on the importance of nutrition and vitamins while living with cerebral palsy.

Nutrition is vital for any individual living with cerebral palsy, That does not mean it is always easy as it is not always easy but it can be done to get the vitamins needed to aide the condition. Even though Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term for a multitude of issues from brain damage, to muscular skeletal issues, nutrition and vitamins are an important part of life or should been.

Vitamins such as calcium and vitamin d are a key component to bone health. Not to mention vitamins work together to absorb one another. Example vitamin d helps absorb vitamin c and magnesium helps absorb vitamin d and so on.

Malnutrition can be an end result or become an issue for someone who may struggle with eating due to motor skills and muscles in the mouth not working as they should this interferes with a person getting the adequate nutrition needed. So, certain supplements are vital in order to get the nutrients needed fully to help with healthy muscle, movement and strengthening the body’s bone structures.

A few ways to improve vitamins and nutrients within our bodies is eating a well balanced diet including omega 3’s, fruits and vegetables that have vitamin c, d, k, e or to take supplements. As the saying goes here in Montana, it is best to eat your vitamins over supplements, but that is not always possible.

Some important essential vitamins for someone living with cerebral palsy and those who struggle with epilepsy include fish oil, vitamins C, D, B6,B12,Folic acid, magnesium to name a few.

Another important nutrient I learned long ago is to include foods with iodine to avoid becoming anemic, iron is important as well. I do my best to plan meals ahead where I cook twice a week a red meat and other protein meats such as fish and chicken, throughout the week along side vegetables. Dark greens help provide vitamin A,K,E. Living in Montana where we do not get much sun, due to Montana having a mind of its own where the weather is concerned. I take supplements so I know Im getting the adequate amount of nutrients and vitamins. Sun is the best vitamin D but it is not always sunny in MT.

If you prefer the vegetarian lifestyle you can substitute meats out for other health benefit foods such as tofu, quinoa, beans to name a few. As we all know the key is getting an adequate amount of nutrition. No matter the source of foods eaten.

There are lots of benefits from getting the correct vitamins and nutrients needed to live healthy and to aide in our health. Some benefits are longevity, healthy bones, immune health, heart health, healthy GI tract, it lowers risks of underlying conditions such a diabetes and so much more.

I believe it would be safe to say my readers and listeners know by now that I am a big one on healthy eating and in taking care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I am far from a health nut but my eyes have been opened to new things that have helped me be more aware of what I was doing to my body when I was not all that serious about my health. Such as I was diagnosed a few years ago with type 2 diabetes and I refused to go on medication for it, instead I was determine to conquer it by controlling my diet and I did just that. My husband also discovered a caffeine free tea for me as well known as hibiscus tea, which naturally helps lower blood sugars. If you want to try it you can get it on amazon or in a natural food store. I have done other tricks as well such as swamping cinnamon out for sugar in my coffee there are things a person can do to reverse type 2. If you would like me to do an extensive blog on what I do to control my blood sugar please let me know.

It pays to eat your veggies! Hope you enjoyed todays topic. If you want more topics like this please let me know. Happy reading and happy listening!

Author: My cerebral palsy life

I became a writer in 2010, then I pursued an education in health care administration. Working to get a medical coding certificate to add to my professional titles. I and my husband have 2 adult children, 2 dogs. I was a single mother of two for 18 years. I have personal experience in health care as a cna, mental health and raising children with developmental disabilities. I am an advocate for the disabled as I was born with cerebral palsy and have learned to overcome challenges in life. My motto is life lessons are to be teachable, to educate, share our skills and learn to understand others that we encounter on life's journey.

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