It’s Back to School Time!!!


back-to-school    Once again it is that time of the year where many kids are going back to school.  This can be a bittersweet time.  On one hand this sadly marks the end of summer and on the other, for many moms, the return to school for their children is greatly anticipated.

Here a few tips that can help your children boost their brainpower and get them ready for the scholastic year.

  • Start the day on the right foot – a healthy breakfast gives good fuel for the body. Yes, our brains do need carbs but make sure to choose complex carbohydrates instead of simple carbs.  Many American children start their day with cereals full of sugar, white bread, donuts and other sweet pastries.  Instead, try plain yogurt with fresh fruit, oatmeal, whole grain bread, all-bran cereals, and oats.  Some of these grains can be prepared in a slow cooker overnight and served in the morning with some walnuts, almonds and milk like almond, cashew and coconut.
  • Let’s continue on the right foot – lunch can be a little trickier especially if served in a school cafeteria. Teach your young one to stay away from the simple carbs at lunch – pizza, pasta, white breads.  These will spike up the sugar levels in the blood making them feel hyper at first and then giving them a brain drain feeling.  Choose lean proteins like white meat chicken, turkey, fish, beans and other legumes, lean red meat.  Ideally these animal proteins should come from organic, hormone and antibiotic -free animals (difficult to find them at the school cafeterias).
  • Back home for dinner – This is where parents can have more control on what their children are eating. Use the same examples mentioned above and accompany their meals with some fresh vegetables and salads.  Ideally, each meal should have a balance of carbs, proteins and good healthy fats limiting the amounts of sugar, processed food and food colorings.  Several studies have analyzed the possible link between food colorings and their effect on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior.
  • Limit their exposure to the various electronic devices, laptops, tablets, televisions and smartphones. Stop using them a few hours before bedtime.  These devices emit a short-wavelength known as “Blue Light”.  Blue light is a known melatonin suppressive and a major source of sleep disruptiveness.  A good night of sleep is necessary to good health and for getting the brain ready for the next day.  Try to practice “quiet time before bedtime”.  Meditation, prayer, reflections about the day are good techniques to slow and to quiet the mind.   A good night of sleep will make a difference on the child’s behavior and his/her ability to learn and to perform well during the day.  Exercise is a good sleep enhancer as long as it is done a few hours before their sleep time.

This is an ideal time to introduce or reintroduce, after the summer break, a more wholesome diet and healthier lifestyle.  Deficiencies of minerals, vitamins and amino acids will have a gigantic impact on a child’s ability to learn, to focus and do well in school.  A simple, inexpensive and non-invasive hair mineral analysis is a great starting tool to assure that all is in balance with your children to start the school year on the right path.

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