FOODS TO BOOST YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN POWER
FOODS TO BOOST YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN POWER are extremely important to enhance the quality of life your child leads. Food directly affects how your child thinks, feels and behaves because her brain (and yours) are made up of it. Eating balanced meals consisting of the major food groups has proven records of boosting IQs, improve mood and behavior, hone memory and concentration and sharpen reading and writing skills.
They should make up a quarter to one third of each of your child’s meals. Carbohydrates like whole grains, vegetables, beans or lentils, fruits do exactly what the body is designed to do. It digests those foods and gradually releases their potential energy.
Sugar imbalance affects children’s IQs in a bad way. It often results in poor attention, poor memory and aggressive behavior. Staying away from refined sugars and sugary foods, processed cereals and refined flour seem crucial to having a high IQ.
IQ= intelligent Quotient
EQ= emotional quotient
PQ= hysical quotient
Every type of intelligence, IQ, EQ and PQ is affected by your child’s intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6s. Children deficient in essential fats have more learning difficulties. Babies who are breast fed have higher IQs by age 8 compared to bottle fed babies, which is thought to be due to the higher levels of essential fats in breast milk. So if your child has missed out on essential fats, supplements can be given on the doctor’s advice.
To ensure that your child gets the right kinds of fats:
- Provide plenty of seeds and nuts- the best seeds are flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame. If it is not palatable, grind them first and sprinkle over salads or cereals.
- Cod liver oil supplements can be given to your child daily.
- Fish is good source of omega 3 fats. They include sardines, mackerel or any fish that is available in the local market.
- An egg can be given for breakfast daily- lightly boiled or scrambled but not fried.
They provide your child with amino-acids, the building blocks of life. When he eats proteins, his digestive system breaks down the protein first into peptides and then into amino-acids. By linking amino- acids together in different sequences, the body builds up new muscle or organ tissue, enzymes or neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers of the brain.
Sources of protein:
Brown rice, chickpeas, lentils, fish and meat, nuts and seeds ( cashew and almonds), dairy products, eggs, vegetables like peas, beans broccoli spinach. Good combination is lentils and rice, beans and rice chapatis.
Important Elements and The Foods That Comprise Them
Beta Carotene – Carrots, sweet potatoes, dried apricots and mango.
Vitamin C – Broccoli, kiwi, tomatoes citrus fruits.
Vitamin E– Seeds and their cold pressed oils, wheat germ, nuts, beans and fish.
Avoid charring or crisping of food to avoid over exposure to oxidants. Oxidants are the by-products of normal body processes and of combustions. They tend to damage the essential fats, proteins and phospholipids that make up your child’s brain and body.