We all want optimal health, one of the best ways to achieve this is through taking care of your most valuable body part: the brain. By making good choices to maximize your health, the brain and your overall well being benefit.
Try a few of the suggestions below. If you can add them all, great but start slow, so these changes can be habitual, and become part of your daily routine.
1. Protein: We all need adequate amounts and variety of protein every day. It is an essential component in building neurotransmitters. To calculate the amount of proteind needed divide your child’s body weight by 2.2. The result is the amount (in grams) our bodies need per day.
2. Exercise: Children and adults who get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily detoxify their systems, extinguish excess energy, and increase production of neurotransmitters. Research shows, that children who get exercise on a daily bases are less likely to be distracted, have meltdowns, sleep more soundly and are happier.
3. Maintain adequate water intake. An excellent method for measuring how much water intake is needed each day is to divide your child’s body weight by 2. This will determine the number of ounces of water necessary for optimal health. Many cell functions throughout the body are impaired when one is not properly hydrated.
4. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in deep sea cold water fish have been found to play numerous positive roles in brain health. Omega-3s play a vital role in maintaining cell membrane function of neurons, which is important factor in assuring that nutrients are going into the cell, toxins are being removed, and that neurotransmitters are being replenished
5. Supplements, vitamin, and or medications should be taken as recommended. Taking only part of the protocol may lead to an imbalance or delay in recuperation. Consistency with dosages is imperative.
6. Eat a colorful diet. Make sure you are getting a rainbow of colors in your diet. Maintain proper antioxidants whether through fruits and vegetables or through supplementation Watch for color in the diet – yellow, red, green, purple, brown and orange. Maintain a modified diabetic type diet when able.
7. Keep the intestinal tract in good order. The stomach is our second brain. Make sure that it is being taken care of and that proper digestive support is implemented if out of balance.
8. Keep the synthetic and processed foods out of the diet. Avoid MSG and “natural flavorings” as these increase glutamate, altering ones brain, many of us are allergic to these additives.
9. Test NT levels. Test neurotransmitters when focus is impaired or mood or behaviors are sub-par, its shows what levels are out of balance.
10. Avoid technology at least one hour before sleep. Technology use increases dopamine, which may be stimulating making it more difficult to fall and stay asleep.
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