Top-Five Brain Boosting Foods for Children with Learning Disabilities
Iron has been shown to improve verbal and nonverbal learning and memory, particularly in children with anemia. Iron supplementation is a sure fire option to hit your daily need. If you opt to fulfill your iron need through nutritional health, here are food sources in which for you to do so: pumpkin seeds, soybeans, chickpeas, liver, lentils, cooked spinach and fortified cereal. Regardless if you choose a supplement or whole foods to bump your absorption, make sure you pair your iron source with a vitamin C rich food, such as citrus fruits or oranges.
Eat More Whole Foods
The fifth brain boosting food tip is a general practice reminder to keep it simple by using whole foods! One of the best things that can be done for our children is to buy less processed, packaged foods and eat more whole foods. There has been extensive research done investigating the effect of food additives (i.e. food additives & sweeteners). It was Dr. Feingold in 1975 that first looked at additives and hyperactivity that can lead to learning challenges in children. You will notice that the foods that contain these ingredients are found in the middle aisles of the grocery store. Best practice for your next grocery store trip would be to stick to the perimeter (outer edge) of the grocery store to minimize processed foods and to find all these great wholesome foods mentioned in this article.
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Pedro León, RD, LDN is a clinical dietician and wellness coach who uses a patient customized approach which teaches that food not only provides the energy needed to function optimally daily, but is essential to providing the nutrients required for healthier lives, weight management, illness and/or injury prevention, and to reducing the risk of chronic disease while promoting optimal well-being. www.portraithealth.com
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