BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
In the first three years of life, a million neural connections are made every second. And by age three, 80% of synaptic connections in the brain are created, which is why it is so important to pay attention to your child’s development and learn ways to grow and strong, healthy and smart child.
There are a lot on contributing factors when it comes to healthy brain development in early childhood: relationships, experiences, environment, health and nutrition.
Research has shown that what children eat and put in their body can have an impact on their brain development. Here are some foods and supplements that support your child’s brain growth:
FOODS TO SUPPORT BRAIN GROWTH
Oatmeal is an easy breakfast meal to make for your children in the morning and fortunately it has great benefits for brain development. Oatmeal has protein and is rich in fiber. These nutrients have been found to help clear brain and heart arties to keep blood flowing properly.
Studies have found that children who eat oatmeal in the morning perform better academically than children who eat cereal. If your kids are currently eating cereal (that’s okay) but you should consider making the switch to oatmeal. If your kids prefer cold and crunch cereal, you can get a cereal that is made out of oatmeal.
Eggs contain protein and nutrients that have been shown to improve focus. Eggs are an inexpensive way to get high levels of protein daily.
They also have other crucial nutrients:
- Vitamins: D, B6, B12
- Minerals: zinc and iron
ALL of these nutrients have been scientifically proven to support brain growth. Get to crackin’!
Fats, the healthy kinds (not the kind you get in French fries), immensely impact brain growth. Your BRAINS needs fat to grow and develop properly. Fats keep brain cells in good health, which improves the signals for sending and receiving information.
Greek yogurts are also easy to mix in other nutritious foods such as berries, granola, honey and seeds!
NUTS AND SEEDS
In continuation to Greek yogurt, nuts and needs are also great for the brain. They contain protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. They have been shown to boost your mood and keep your immune system running well!
- Add them to Greek yogurt
- Spread them on a sandwich or fruit
- Let your children spread the peanut butter themselves; it helps build find motor skills and build hand muscles (help them if they need it). Learning new physical skills also promotes brain growth. Encourage your child to try new things regularly.
Fish is filled with vitamin D, omega-3s and zinc! These nutrients have been found to prevent memory loss and improve mental skills.
Try to avoid processed fish; it has been found to have metals and other toxins. The fresher the better!
FRUITS AND VEGGIES
Fruits and veggies can be trickier to convince young kids to eat, but the nutrients in them are essential. Try to find ways to incorporate both into your child’s diet daily.
Apples and plums have especially been found to improve mental processes along with kale and spinach. Luckily there are companies out there that help make veggies appealing to kids. Check out these easy on the go fruits and veggies, click here.
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