Our kids are most precious to us. We all want our children to succeed in life and ease into school naturally. Some important factors that affect our kids’ cognitive abilities are overlooked, such as nutrition through healthy eating. Kids who have good energy, diet and a good mental outlook learn a lot better than those with a sluggish constitution, poor eating habits and anxiety or depression. The number of children on prescription drugs is startling.
Take a step back and see where your child can improve his or her lifestyle. Diet is key for proper development. Eating well not only helps brain function, but helps our kids ward off many viruses that circulate throughout the school.
Be sure your child eats whole grains such as brown rice, whole grain breads and pasta. Limit white bread, white rice and regular pasta. Some children have food sensitivities, and when the trigger is found they do a lot better in school. Common food sensitivities are wheat, dairy, soya, citrus, peanuts and corn. Have your child tested for sensitivities by your homeopath.
Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. If your child is fussy on fruits and veggies, try hiding them in sauces, using a cookie cutter to make fun shapes or using dips to entice him or her to eat them. There are many greens supplements that can be given to help support a poor veggie eater. Lean meats such as fish, chicken and turkey are a good choice. Beans are a healthy choice as well. Limit sugar, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, white bread, white rice and any refined carbohydrates. Read labels.
Supplements for optimal learning:
• Fish oil is a well-researched supplement that improves mood, cognitive function and supports healthy brain development.
• B Complex has been studied and found beneficial for kids with learning problems. It enhances mental alertness, improves energy and has a number of other beneficial affects such as improving mood, sleep and brain function.
• Grape seed extract helps to enhance learning by improving mental sharpness and blood flow to the brain.
• Good bacteria such as Acidophilus and Bifidus are usually deficient in kids who exhibit learning disabilities such as autism and ADHD.
Kids with learning disabilities may need professional help to get them started on a healthy eating plan, supplements and testing for food sensitivities. Homeopathic constitutional remedies are useful in balancing a child. They are tailor suited to the individual child’s needs and have no side effects. Please contact the office to book your appointment today.
Written by Heather Caruso, B.Sc., a Homeopathic Doctor with a Clinical Practice in Ontario, Canada