Keeping Kids Focused

Let's get straight to it! Here are things you should think over next time your kid is having a meltdown or continuously struggles to pay attention in school. 

 


Food Sensitivities

"One man's food is another man's poison" is an old saying, which simply states that different people can have very different reactions to exactly the same food, just because something is healthy doesn’t mean its good for you. Food sensitivity is an immune system response to a food that the body believes is harmful, and every time we eat that food, we react.  So guess what, we commonly tend to eat the same things over and over again and therefore it is of no surprise than that foods such as eggs, corn, soy, gluten and dairy tend to be at the top of the list! These foods may cause bloating, fatigue, poor concentration and dark circles under the eyes. I would suggest maybe starting off and cutting out just one or courageously two of these food items from your kids diet for a month, the removal of the right food may be just what’s needed. You can avoid them but I like seeing results, a food sensitivity test gives you just that. Sure its a financial investment but its an investment in your child...that's priceless. 

 

Sugar

Speaking of which, have you ever noticed that foods impact child’s behavior? Recall a birthday cake extravaganza with a spectacular meltdown? Chocolate treats that turned into a bedtime struggle? Why does this happen? Sugar!  In modest amounts, sugar can have a healthy place in a child's diet but most parents have no idea how much sugar their kids are actually eating, and how likely they are addicted to it. Breakfast cereals, processed foods, junk foods, pasta sauces, cakes, chocolates, sweets, fizzy drinks and fruit juices are all considered high in sugar. The problem is that Sugar has too many calories and no nutrients and this sets up a child for nutritional deficiencies.

 

Nutrients (Vegetables & Fruits)

There is a clear connection between body and mind was more important than conventional psychiatry assumed. You are what you eat and these nutrients like magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and vitamins help build chemical messengers for the brain that will help keep your child focused on tasks! So get out the colors, the vegetables and plan for a healthy breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner.

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Supplement)

Research shows that DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that's been shown to boost a baby's brain development, is good for children of all ages. It’s shown an increase in IQ, better hand eye coordination and a reduction in the risk of ADHD. A deficiency in essential fatty acids has been linked to dry skin, dry hair, dandruff, brittle nails and something called follicular keratosis. DHA easily becomes used up in the presence of oxygen, and 25% of our oxygen is utilized in our brain, that’s why it’s so important for us. Children are literally burning it up!

 

Exercise

Keeping children fully engaged in the classroom is not easy but a new technique incorporating high-intensity interval training may be the answer. Canadian researchers at Queen's University found that four is the magic number. Just four minutes of physical activity has been shown to greatly reduce fidgeting and inattentiveness.