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Brain Foods for the Little Ones

If you learn the way that food affects the brain of little ones, it should help you to make a better decision when your grocery shopping.

Fish is especially good for the brain, and that is because of the omega-3 fats we have present in our brains, referred to as docosahexaenoic acid, or simply DHA, and fish and seafood are abundant with it. This is a necessity for the development of our brains.

Docosahexaenoic Is Vital for Brain Development

Docosahexaenoic is a necessity for one part of the brain to communicate with the rest of the brain, and this nutrient is essential for the brain’s cell signaling. It makes for quicker communication throughout the networks of our brain. If we do not take in an adequate amount of DHA daily, the brain’s chemical messaging process will be slower and not as efficient.

If we have a portion of Wild Alaskan Salmon (an oily fish), our brain will be getting enough omega 3’s, including an abundance of much-needed vitamins and minerals. The vitamins and minerals help with the absorption of the omega 3’s. Omega 3’s is essential for the development of the neuro system, function, and structure of the brain, for they are bioactive compounds on which the brain thrives on. 

Are a key to the production of the body’s pleasure hormone ‘dopamine, which is needed for regulating our moods and motivation. There has been data from clinical trials which reported that the poorer scores that come out of cognitive testing, behavior-related ADHD, sleep disturbances, mood disorders, and depression are linked to those having a lower level of omega 3’s. 

The University of Oxford performed research that showed a portion of school children in the UK had an average index of 2.4% of omega 3’s, which falls in the category of sup-optimal. To find out if your body has enough omega-3, you just need a finger prick. If you know what your omega 3’s index is, you will be able to adjust your food intake and improve your index level, and this will also improve the health of your brain.

Replace Those White Potatoes with Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain 400% of the daily amount of Vitamin A intake our bodies need. They also consist of another necessary nutrient, which is Vitamin C. They also have fewer calories, fewer carbs, but more fiber. The fact is, as a complex carbohydrate, they can help in stabilizing the body’s blood sugar levels, and they will keep children’s stomachs full length. 

Sweet potatoes consist of a variety of vitamins such as vitamins A, B, and C. They even contain different minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, including antioxidants. All these vitamins and minerals are known to be beneficial to the health of our body for such things as the function of our immune system, our metabolism, vision, blood pressure, blood cells, bone health, and our nerves.

Organic Bone Broth Soup

Bone broth is extremely healthy and nourishing. It has been used for treating leaky gut syndrome; it is a condition sometimes recognized by children and adults alike who have Autism and other behavioral and learning disabilities. Other things associated with the leaky gut syndrome are headaches, bloating, problems with concentrating, symptoms of fatigue, and nutritional insufficiencies. 

What is thought to happen with this condition is that the guts lose their ability to do their job, which is to absorb nutrients. In return, this affects the body’s ability to create the chemical referred to as serotonin; our bodies need these chemicals as they are a necessity for human behaviors and moods.   

Bone broth gives our immune system a boost and is helpful in overcoming intolerances toward foods, joint pain, and allergies. The broth itself contains glutamine, collagen, glycine, and proline, while the mineral contents are beneficial for our body in that it helps it absorb magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. 

There is collagen in the organic bones the broth is made from, and it is a protein that contains amino acids. Amino acids have been thought to be beneficial in the rebuilding of the connective tissues; as it seals, it helps in the healing process of the protective lining in the gastrointestinal tract which also helps in the absorption of nutrients if dieting.

Sweets That Will Not Cause Behavior Meltdowns

There will end up being consequences to bribing your children to eat the foods your having issues getting them to eat. No different than bribing them to behave or act right (the way you want them to act) with sweets as it could be setting them up to have to face larger problems down the road. It is going to put a damper on their learning ability, not to mention how it may affect their cognitive function and their mood.

Alternatives for Replacing Sweet Treats

Instead of giving your kid(s), those sweet treats, try giving them something new and wonderful. Yes, you can! Just pick up a little dark chocolate and a small container of blueberries and/or strawberries. Then, after rinsing them off well (the berries, not the dark chocolate) instead, you want to slowly melt the chocolate (careful not to burn). Now put each thing in a dish of its own and show your child how to put a toothpick in a berry and then dip it into the chocolate. Hmm…good!  

Here is something you may not know: From studies performed, researchers have found that cognitive functioning is enhanced when dark chocolate is eaten, and it can also lower the stress in a human and improve their mood. The reason is that it activates the body’s pleasure system in the brain. Dark chocolate naturally has phytonutrients, referred to as flavonoids. These are chemicals that come from plants. They play the role of being antioxidants and are thought to protect against the development of diseases. 

You can also do this chocolate dipping using raspberries. Raspberries contain antioxidant polyphenols, referred to as ellagitannins, this is beneficial for lowering oxidative stress. 

Did you know that strawberries contain Vitamin C? Yes, they are rich in Vitamin C, and they also contain folate (Vitamin B9), manganese, and potassium. Think of berries as being heart-healthy! They have been found to enhance one’s mental alertness, can be helpful to the prevention of diabetes, improve the skin, and reduce one’s high blood pressure.