Boost Brain Power

Do you want have to have smart kids?

Then you’ll need brain food. Brain food is REAL food. Good nutrition is critical at all stages of your child’s life. And just as in today’s Yummy News Report, the effects will last a lifetime. Brains need carbohydrates for energy, and proteins, and healthy fats to build connective pathways between the brain cells. Vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients help create the neurotransmitters, which relay signals between the brain cells.

Your baby’s brain grows its fastest from about the 10th to 18th week of pregnancy. Then again just before birth and it continues it’s dramatic growth for the first two years of life. Children, who do not get adequate nutrition in their first few years of life are more likely to lower IQs, and slower language and motor development, which leads to poorer school performance.

Preschool nutrition impacts the rest of your child’s life. If you’re pregnant eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants in these foods will protect your baby’s brains from tissue damage. Get your folic acid which is important for a healthy baby by eating plenty of leafy greens and whole grain foods. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to two years of age. Mother’s milk is the perfect food for a baby’s developing brain.

When you start feeding your baby solids, usually around six months of age, include whole foods and iron rich foods such as finely minced meats. Your child should eat a variety of foods including whole grains, veggies and fruits, meat and dairy. Give kids a healthy snack between meals, not processed treats. This will insure that your child is receiving continuous nutrients required for growth and development.

For your child to have a healthy brain, eat real, unprocessed foods as much as possible. Eat a rainbow of food. Blueberries, red cherries, yellow peppers, dark leafy greens, purple eggplant, red tomatoes, orange carrots and pumpkins. Each color of food contributes nutrients necessary for good brain health.benfish-web.JPG

Your child’s brain needs fat!

One of the worst recommendations for children’s health for them to eat a low-fat diet. Fat makes up over 60 percent of your child’s developing brain. Although your children need the right kinds of fat. Omega-3 oils are vital for a healthy brain. Toddlers need approximately 35 percent of their daily calories from good fats. That’s omega-3 and -6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) found in unrefined oils (freshly pressed oil which is protected from light, oxygen, and heat) such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and flax seed oil, it’s also found in avocados and nuts. Unrefined oils provide omega-3 and -6 EFAs needed for cell growth and integrity.

Ben knows fish is high in omega 3. ›

For a healthy brain, eat healthy fats from a variety of sources like fish, walnuts, flax, avocado, and coconut and olive oil. To ensure your baby has the best start, avoid drinking alcohol in any amount while your pregnant. As always, avoid processed foods, which make it harder for your child’s brain to grow properly.

You’ll want to avoid:

• Processed foods with artificial sweeteners or coloring, luncheon meats containing nitrates, and MSG: Monosodium Glutamate an excitotoxin killing brains cells.

• Sugar, which is added to most processed foods, including salad dressings, ketchup, yogurt, and the worst offender soda pop.

• Altered fats and partially-hydrogenated oils are found in most fast foods, fried foods, and packaged chips, crackers, and bakery items.

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