The first 18 years of life sets the pace for adulthood. During youth, proper nutrition is key to development. Consumption of vitamin D especially during early stages decreases the severity of illnesses in children. To encourage proper growth, omega-3’s are recommended to maintain normal birth weight and tryptophan is important to keep children sleeping well. Consumption of wholesome greens, organic foods, and nuts such as Brazilian nuts sets the stage for good cardiac health. Setting good eating and lifestyle habits can decrease the overall occurrence of childhood obesity, which is linked to a 130% greater rate of death before the age of 55 years old. 

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