Here are the best 4 ways to improve learning with foods.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Kids wake up after an average 8 hours of sleep on an empty tank. That’s because during the night their bodies busily digest and absorb all remaining nutrients, leaving the body in a fasting state by morning. To jump-start their brain, into action they need food! A good and well balanced breakfast fires up a child’s neural command center so it will spring into learning mode.
It’s a fact: while running on empty, a hungry child cannot focus on learning. Those who do not eat breakfast suffer from the consequences of low-blood sugar levels, diminished learning capacity, memory and grumpy moods. Their engines are sluggish, consequently so may be their mental and physical achievement.
According to research by J. Michael Murphy, of the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School, breakfast improved academic performance, psychological well-being and behavior. Non-breakfast-eaters were twice as apt to be depressed and four times as apt to have anxiety. They were also 30 percent more likely to be hyperactive and to have a variety of psychosocial problems compared with consistent breakfast eaters.
When kids who rarely ate breakfast started eating breakfast consistently, their math grades on average soared a whole letter grade – from C to B. (Jean Carper, Your Miracle Brain, New York, Harper Collins, 200,pp. 113-114.) Are you convinced? No one should skip breakfast.
A powerful combination of antioxidant rich berries with calcium filled foods, plus a rich source of protein and fiber-filled whole grains will do the trick to keeping your child alert and open to learning all morning long.
How to Learn Brain Fueling Breakfast: (Start day with glass of water, always!) Blueberry pancakes made with wholegrain flour, turkey bacon, and a greens-based smoothie made with calcium fortified cow’s (organic), almond, rice or soy milk.
Second to oxygen, the most important component to our survival is water. It covers about 76 percent of this planet and fills about 75 percent of your children‘s bodies.
More facts: Lungs about 90 percent, Digestive Juices 86 percent, Blood and Kidneys 82 percent, Skin 80 percent, Brain and Muscles 70-75 percent, Liver 69 percent. Our bodies are mostly made of water! Activity, heat, dry environments, stress, exhalation, sweat, crying, yawning, urination are all water wasting and can therefore lead to dehydration.
When dehydrated, all bodily functions are compromised, throwing its biochemistry out of balance. When this happens, a “water distribution manager” receives the alert signal. Instantaneously, it determines which organs must receive the remaining water, and which won’t.
Top priority is our vital organs. They continue to receive the nutrients, hormones and chemical messages through the available water highways. This innate survival system sacrifices some bodily function levels for the hydration of others, adversely affecting your children.
It has been noted that with a reduction of “just 2 percent in hydration, your performance decreases by around 20 percent.” (“Why Water.”aguaid.co.uk/lb/htm). “When you lose 5 percent of your water supply, your mental and physical performance declines by a hefty 30 percent.” (Sam Gracie, The Power of Superfoods, Ontario, Canada: Prentice Hall, 1000, p. 76.) It doesn’t take a brain scientist to figure out that staying hydrated is critical for maximum potential in learning. Start your children’s day with a glass of water!
How to Learn Daily Water Formula: Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. (50 pounds = 25 ounces of pure water). More when active, hot or in air-conditioning.