Guest Blogger Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California. As a mom of three kids, it is so important to her to supply them with healthy and nutritious foods all throughout the day. She contributes to the Candy Concepts Inc. blog. Follow her on Twitter today!
Surely you remember your mother telling you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and she probably made you a well-balanced meal each and every morning before sending you on your way. And now, as a parent yourself, you probably say and do the same thing for your children. Both you and your mother should be commended for encouraging your children to eat healthy, well-balanced diets; however, do you really know why?
It’s been said that you are what you eat, and there really is some validity to that statement. Not only do the foods that you eat affect your physical well-being, they also have a huge impact on your mental well being. No wonder mothers everywhere are pushing the importance of eating nutritious foods, even if they don’t quite know how important what they are pushing really is.
Foods Impact on the Brain
Just like there are foods that will contribute to weight gain and increased cholesterol levels, and there are foods that will boost your immune system and promote healthy organ function, there are also foods that will positively and negatively impact your brain. What do these good and bad foods contain and how do they impact the brain? Here’s a more in-depth look:
There are specific nutrients that have been linked to increasing brain function. Nutrients like iron andDHA, or essential fatty acids, dramatically impact the brain’s ability to concentrate and process information. Of course, this means that by feeding your children a diet that is rich with these nutrients, they have a better chance of achieving academic success.
If you’re looking for ways to boost these nutrients so that your child can reap their astonishing benefits, try including some specific foods in her diet – flaxseed, walnuts, oatmeal, fortified eggs, tofu, salmon, orange juice, walnuts, red meat, and green, leafy veggies – just to name a few.
Of course, to every positive side, there is also a negative side, and the same is true of foods that are good for the brain. Some foods just aren’t so wise to incorporate into your child’s diet, specifically those high in saturated fats and sugar, as they have very notable adverse effects. These foods stunt the growth of the brain, negatively impact concentration, and make it difficult to process new information.
As such, children who consume diets that are high in these foods tend to have trouble staying focuses, and can even be more prone to developing disabilities, such as ADHD. In order to avoid these adverse effects, steer clear of a diet that incorporates a great deal of butter, animal fats, fried foods, and sugary foods.
If your child is a picky eater and you find it difficult to provide her with a brain food-rich diet, don’t fret – you can supplement these good-for-the-brain nutrients with a daily dose of a multivitamin or by offering her a supplemental drink that contains these nutrients (such as Pediasure). As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your children. Give her a head start in her cognitive abilities by offering her diet that is rich in brain food.