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How To Reverse Fast Food Face In Your Children

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Fast Food Face is characterized in children by a pale complexion and dark circles under the eyes. The dark circles are an indication of malnourishment from a diet high in dairy and fast and processed foods, instead of a diet abundant in whole foods, fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables and Vitamin C.


Commonly claimed excuses for dark circles under the eyes in adults are lack of sleep, exhaustion, allergies, stress, eyestrain and even genetics. But none of these are excuses for dark circles under the eyes of your children. Fast food and processed food diets can leave your children with Fast Food Face, typically appearing as paleness and dark circles under the eyes mainly due to Vitamin C deficiency according to research, but there are other causes.

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Too Many Children Eat Fast Food As Their Main Source of Nutrition

The statistics on how often children eat fast food is astounding. More than one in three American kids will eat fast food today, tomorrow and the day after that, a new government report says. On any given day, 34.3% of U.S. children and teens between the ages of 2 and 19 eats pizza, fried chicken, tacos or some other dish prepared in a fast-food restaurant, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More specifically, 12.1% of these addicted diners will obtain more than 40% of their daily calories from fast food. An additional 10.7% will trace 25% to 40% of their daily calories to a fast-food joint, and 11.6% will get fewer than 25% of their calories from one of these dining establishments.

Not surprisingly, 85% of Americans do not consume the US Food and Drug Administration’s recommended daily allowances of fruits and vegetables that contain critical vitamins and minerals necessary for proper physical and mental development. What is more, America’s children are hardest hit by these statistics by the lure of fast food and processed food diets and it’s seriously affecting their health. More than half of all American children do not get enough natural Vitamin D from being outdoors, as well as vitamins such as vitamin E and minerals from their diet while more than a quarter do not get enough calcium, magnesium or vitamin A, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. These lifestyle nutritional deficiencies result in poor immune system health, stunted growth, reduced mental ability, chronic disease and in severe cases, death in children.

The Eyes Are The Windows To Your Children’s Health

The window to nutritional deficiencies is the eyes. Studies have also linked dark circles to serious illnesses such as anemia, liver disease and chronic dehydration. This gives us greater insight to the causes of Fast Food Face in children.

First, let’s understand how dark circles appear. Tiny blood vessels, called capillaries are so fine that red blood cells build up to pass through them. Because of the influx, this causes the capillaries to leak and pool into the lower eye area. An immune response, occurs to counteract the pooling. This natural response of breaking down the red blood cells leaves visibly dark circles under the eye. This is because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest.

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Poor Nourishment Causes Dark Circles Under The Eyes in Children

Pale faces and dark circles under the eyes give away bad eating habits in children. Fast food, processed food, and a lack of Vitamin C as well as other vitamins and minerals from a diet abundant in fruits and vegetables is the cause of malnourishment and anemia in children.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, upwards of 237,000 visits to the emergency room result in a primary diagnosis of anemia, which is why iron deficiency is another popular causes of dark circles in children.

In many cases, this can be reversed naturally by making simple changes in your child’s diet. Low iron levels are the most common form of anemia, and results in oxidative stress causing body tissues to receive a low supply of oxygenated blood. A nourishing diet high in fresh organic fruits and green leafy vegetables, potatoes, beans and grains can help reverse dark circles under your child’s eyes since these are especially high in Vitamins A, C, K, E and trace minerals.

Chronic Dehydration Can Cause Dark Circles Under The Eyes In Children

Chronic dehydration is one of the most common reasons for dark circles under the eyes in both children and adults.This is caused by the under eye skin being in close proximity to the underlying bone.Therefore, when the body is dehydrated the eyes deflate, show as dark circles and have a sunken look. The way to remedy this is to nourish yourself and your children with diet high in hydrating foods as well drink according to thirst. Limiting drinks such as sugary and caffeinated soft drinks, depleted sodium filled sports drinks, caffeinated ice teas, and replacing these with freshly juiced fruits or pure water helps greatly with rehydration.

Fatty Liver Causes Dark Circles Under The Eyes

A study on prevalence of fatty liver in children published in Journal of Pediatrics found that fatty liver is the most common liver abnormality in children aged two to nineteen years, and has important ramifications for the long-term health of children and young adults.

Typically, when the liver is struggling it shows in the skin. Skin rashes, acne, and eczema to name a few, are indicative of issues with the liver.

In the same way, dark circles under the eyes can alert you of a fatty liver in children. Since the liver is a regenerative organ, ramping up the diet to include a high amount of low fat, hydrating and nourishing foods, such as high quality fruits and leafy green vegetables, perhaps in the form of fresh juices and smoothies, is an efficient and essential way to clean up your child’s liver, reduce dark circles under the eyes and restore your child’s health.

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Dark Circles Under The Skin Can Be Reversed Naturally

Fast Food Face, can be reversed with diet. Take note of children’s dark circles against pale skin and adjust diet accordingly. Evaluate what you’re feeding your children during a period of two weeks. How much of fast foods are they eating? How many processed foods do they eat in a day? Is there enough fruit and leafy green vegetables in the diet? Are there enough fresh juices? These food groups go a long way in giving your children nourishment they need. As always, work closely with your medical practitioner or consult with an Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to monitor progress and results.