You may be feeding your kids a great diet, but some children need more vitamins, minerals and goodness than others. That usually happens because they use it all up faster than others, or they don’t absorb it very well in the first place. Discover 5 body signs that may show that their brains are crying out for a nutrition upgrade and more brain food.
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1. Zinc deficiency can reduce focus
Restoring kids’ zinc levels can help improve nerve signals to the brain, according to research at Harvard University. This affects speed and coordination of movement. Other research suggests that extra zinc is a key brain food can help ADHD sufferers with concentration, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Clues… Look for white flecks on fingernails, poor sense of smell or taste.
2. Not enough Omega-3 makes kids more distractible and unpredictable
More lovely Omega-3 oils can benefit almost anyone, but especially growing kids who need more brain food. Typically, the benefits are better concentration, working memory and well-being.
Clues… One way is that the child has tiny spiky bumps on the tops of their arms, legs or on their face, like chicken skin which is known as Keratosis pilaris. Other markers for Omega-3 deficiency are: excessive thirst, frequent urination and dry, lifeless hair; but do see your GP if Omega-3 does not help with these, because it could be something more serious.
3. Food sensitivities have a huge effect on behaviour
Allergies and food intolerances often make kids hyperactive and irritable, as well as dulling the brain. Getting the right diet can transform your kids in ways that will amaze you. It’s not easy, as they could be addicted to the “wrong” foods for them.
Clues… Do they constantly rub their noses with their hands? And watch out for dark rings or creases under their eyes, wheezing, rashes, or loose bowels.
4. Gut problems affect the brain
Your gut has a hotline to the brain, and it is where all the goodness in foods is extracted, so it needs to be in top form.
Clues… Frequent pale sticky stools with undigested food, or the opposite, with constipation and faecal loading. Gas, bloating or reflux are other key signs.
5. Yeast overload causes fatigue, irritability and brain fog
Yeast wants carbs and sugar, and it knows how to make you crave them. A yeast overgrowth may create brain fog and spaciness which can impact on focus and energy levels.
Clues… White tongue, itchiness, history of antibiotics, fungal infections.
Hopefully this gives you some useful clues of what to look out for – if you find you need some extra support on nutrition for your little one do get in touch.