“N” is for Nutrition
car will not run without fuel, and neither will your body, including your
child of any age is growing rapidly and needs plenty of food for energy and
nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals) to help supply the
body with the building blocks to allow the cells to multiply and the body to
inability to concentrate, feeling listless, unenthusiastic and headaches are
all signs of insufficient nutrient intake.
The body begins to slow down by mid-afternoon after a day of high
activity and very little nutritious food.
best way to maintain high-energy output is to ensure a nutritious breakfast, a
healthy lunch and perhaps morning and afternoon tea. A healthy round of vegemite sandwiches with a
glass of water or milk will ensure the B Vitamins for energy production are in
the body to spur the brain into motion.
The chief function of B Vitamins is to act as spark plugs for the body to assist in converting glucose into energy for fuel. They are also important for the functioning of a healthy nervous system and in helping to promote relaxation in stressed individuals.
Very few vitamins are found in a packet of potato crisps and a can of coke. A person will literally obtain more miles out of a banana than soft drinks and chips.
The importance of
Vitamin C can’t be over-looked. The highest
concentration of vitamin C in the body is found in the adrenal glands because
it is required to make cortisol and adrenalin for conditions of stress. But the next highest concentration is found
in the brain. Why would the brain
require vitamin C? So, the body may
produce dopamine, serotonin and melatonin.
Vitamin C helps to keep your sanity as well as your collagen intact.
are five essential nutrients for effective brain function, and this includes
memory. Many teenagers are low in
iodine, as can be said about the general population. It is readily found in some seafood but if
you do not eat seafood then you must obtain it from another source.
Decades ago, iodine was placed in table salt so inland populations may have a non-seafood source of the nutrient. If your family eats salt, then it may be beneficial to purchase iodised salt.
Other nutrients are omega-3 (from oily fish), iron (meat), zinc (almonds) and the B vitamins.
herbs gaining respect for their ability to aid memory are Ginkgo biloba and Gotu
kola. Ginkgo increases blood flow and
fluidity to the brain. Improved
circulation aides brain function.
quality of food is so important. We do
no good for our children when we give into their tantrums for low nutrient junk
food. Be parents to your children now
and their friends when they grow up.
to Henry Osiecki (B.Sc. Grad. Dip Nutr. & Dietetics) some symptoms of ADHD
are like those of essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiencies. Behavioural and learning problems, tantrums
and sleeping disorders are common to both.
Supplementing with omega 3 has been shown to improve learning and
Other Nutritional Deficiencies in
– if your diet is inadequate then consider a quality multi-vitamin because:
functions of the B vitamins in mental alertness and energy are well
EFA – Omega 3 & Omega 6
fish oil into a youngster’s diet may do wonders for concentration.
functions of zinc and the immune system have been known for over 100
years. Knowledge of its other functions
is relatively recent. Low levels of zinc
are associated with low alertness, inability to think along abstract lines (learn
a language e.g. English), mood and memory problems.
of the most deficient minerals in the modern western diet. Low brain magnesium gives unrefreshed sleep,
causes easy fatigue (important for the Krebs Cycle of energy production), poor
concentration and daytime sleepiness.