Further to my first two blogs on brain exercises it is essential that we talk about food for the brain, food that helps maintain and stimulate brain function.
Did you know how important water is for us and our children. Our bodies are made up of 55 – 75% water and because our bodies do not store water we must have fresh supplies of water every day. Water is an essential part of our bodies functioning, specifically in the health and function of every cell.
This is supported by many scientific researches that when our brain is hydrated properly it will focus better, think faster and remember clearer; all with a greater level of clarity and creativity. Who would not want all of these things all the time, especially for our children who are learning at great speeds in a classroom environment.
Another important nutrition for the brain is protein. Protein is an essential part of our bodies as it is the basic building block in our bodies. It builds, maintains, repairs and replaces the tissues in your body. Our brains, muscles, organs and immune system are all made up of mostly protein.
Sources of protein include:
- Dairy products
- Cereal and cereal-based products
- Seeds and nuts
- Beans and lentils
- Soy products
As a rule of thumb, I like to include protein in each meal for myself and my children. For breakfast my children will have an egg based meal, porridge or a yoghurt, to wake up their brains and be ready to learn. For play lunches I will give them a chickpea dip with either carrots, celery or cucumber sticks or even fruit and yoghurt. For lunches I will give them a type of meat, tuna or cheese with salad. A great snack for my kids when they come home from school are some nuts with fruit or banana bread.
Written By Debbie Rossi
Speaker, author of Beyond the Schoolyard and owner of a successful Kinesiology business, Debbie Rossi is passionate about helping other families to not go through the bullying which she experienced as a child. It is all about creating happy, secure and confident Mums and children.
You can find out more at www.debbierossi.com.au.