Teresa Fuller MD, PhD
Brain Food for Optimal Concentration, Creativity and Cognition
Now that our kids are back in school, they’ll need all the brain power they can get. Our brain function is so vitally connected to what we eat that Dr. Scott Shannon, noted psychiatrist says this:
“In order to ensure that your child’s brain is able to function well…you must first ensure that it is being properly nourished.…Poor diet is without a doubt one of the major reasons we’re seeing such an incredible spike in the number of kids diagnosed with and medicated for mental and emotional disorders. Even drugs can’t help our kids when they are quite literally being starved of their mental and emotional health.” Scott Shannon from Please Don’t Label My Child
Indeed, more and more studies are showing just how powerful food is in the function and growth of the brain. On the other hand, the wrong foods are absolutely detrimental to brain function. We as parents need to equip our children with the tools they need for better concentration, creativity and cognition. So here are four great nutritional brain boosters:
1. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables!
Our children need at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Being the parent of a picky eater myself, who only likes corn (not even sweet potatoes, can you imagine?!), I’ve had to be very creative about getting the fruits and veggies in, such as smoothies and milkshakes doctored with hidden fruits and vegetables.
How do fruits and vegetables boost brain power?