Thursday, June 14, 2012

Food and Learning: How does it affect the Way that I learn (and your clients)

Yes, food and learning are closely related. Healthy food leads to a healthy body and a healthy mind. Research has revealed that students who don't skip their breakfast fare better in tests, are better behaved, and are not obnoxiously hyperactive.

Breakfast: When you and your family come to the breakfast table, it's not only a matter of filling the stomach, but the mind needs to be energized as well. Therefore, not just a breakfast but a healthy breakfast is very important. An ideal example of breakfast will be nut butter like peanut butter, whole grain bread, egg, and a glass of low-fat milk. Other examples include whole grain cereals, lean meat, and fruits.

Overall, proper nutrition at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks can make a lot of difference to your brain function.

The secret:

The secret to improving your learning ability is in eating right. Especially for children and adolescents, right diet is a must as their brains and body are still growing.  It has been proven that the brain develops best when it "gets the right nutrition at the right time."

Tips for a green brain

  • Include a lot of leafy and orange vegetable in your diet like broccoli, green beans, sweet potatoes, etc.
  • Eat fruits at meals and during snacks--doesn't matter whether it's fresh, canned, or dried.
  • Don't restrict to drinking only low-fat or fat-free milk. Eat fat-free milk products
a couple of times a day.
·         Go for whole-wheat-bread, brown rice, low-fat popcorn, and oatmeal.

How it works: Synapses that occurs in the brain connects neuron (transmits nerve impulses) and carries out important functions. Learning and memory are associated with the synapses.

Food and learning:

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts and fruits like salmon, walnut, kiwi fruit, help in improving the memory and fight against serious ailments like schizophrenia, dementia, depression, etc.  Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acid can cause these problems and other disorders like ADD, bipolar disorder, etc. It is important to note that omega-3 fatty acids derived from food are more beneficial than the supplements.

As the brain is highly susceptible to oxidative damage, blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidant that can help the brain and prevent it from oxidative damage.

Junk foods on the other hand adversely affect the brain synapses. Several molecules related to learning and memory and brain synapses are attacked by unhealthy foods.

The significance of food and learning can be said in few but effective words:
The trick to having a smart brain is eating right!

Check out these websites for future information regarding food and learning:

Disclaimer: You should not take advice in place of your doctor’s recommendations. You should always work with a qualified medical practice professional regarding your specific health needs.

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