Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Feed Your Brain To Help Fight ADD

First of all, here’s just a few facts that you should now about your brain. It consumes 20 percent oxygen, 25 percent of the blood glucose in your body, and a dried out brain is 60 percent fat by weight. This means that your brain requires a high amount of oxygen, blood glucose and good quality fats to keep it running well.
Many children who have problems sitting still in school can focus and learn much better after they’ve been allowed to exercise intensely. This provides the brain with more oxygen. Also, many children who have trouble learning often eat sweetened cereal for breakfast. This does not support focus and concentration well. Try a few eggs, a high protein shake, and replacing juice with a piece of whole fruit and the dame child can often function so much better for the whole morning. Protein stabilizes blood glucose levels and provides the needed amino acids the body converts into neurotransmitter substances that allow brain cells to communicate with each other.
Next, try to avoid foods that will diminish their ability to focus and concentrate and increase their energy.. Sugar is certainly one, as are any with artificial flavors and colors.
Finally, for the past 20 years, we’ve been eating low fat or non fat foods. While that may be good for some parts of our body, it isn’t good for our brain. It significantly contributes to diminished brain function.

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