Our kid's brain grows at a phenomenal rate during the first three years of their life. The early experiences in these early years help lay the brain’s foundation. During these critical brain-growth periods, long, thin nerve pathways grow inside the brain. These are wirings that connect and carry electrical impulses from brain cell to brain cell. The daily growing network forms the neurological foundation of skills that our kids will use for the rest of their life. Existing connections await new experiences that shape the neural networks for language, reasoning, problem solving, and moral values. Connections that are used repeatedly will become permanent. New experiences build upon established patterns and create new patterns and networks for more learning. Connections that are no used become redundant.
There are 5 areas we can focus on to help our kids brain to develop healthy:
1. Maximise good nutrition for brain growth and function - 0.40min
Food that are good for the brain are:
- Food rich in omega-3 fatty acids (also associated with lower risk of depression and better mood, the expression of emotion and concentration). Omega-3 fatty acids are found mainly in fatty fish like salmon, omega-3 that’s found in plants like flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil and soy.
- Nuts and seeds are good sources of vitamin E. Walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed.
Avocados. The avocado is a fatty fruit it's a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow means a healthy brain.
Blueberries. "Brain berries” - in animal studies researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.
Butter is an unexpected source of cognitive enhancement, and contains one ingredient that studies show is beneficial for cognitive function and gut health called butyrate. Butyrate is a short chain saturated fat and anti-inflammatory. The highest concentration of butyrate is in high quality grass-fed butter.
Chocolate (cocoa), is very high in antioxidants. Its loaded with iron, zing, copper, magnesium. It needs to be at least 70% in order to reap the benefits.
Breast milk - the best food for the babies and their brain.
2.Vitamin D - 3.23min
Vitamin D plays a role in regulating brain health - it helps the development of the brain and nervous system to postponing decline. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with brain structural abnormalities, cognitive decline, and incident dementia.
Don’t supplement without consulting a doctor!
3. Engage your kids in brain boosting activities - 4.01min
The benefits of reading, story-telling, board games, music lessons, languages, etc.
4. Physical activity - 8.11min
Being fit improves the speed and connectivity of brain neurons in children
In a study, researchers report that children who are more fit have more white matter in their brains than those who aren’t as fit. The areas of the brain where more white matter was observed are important for attention and memory, and are critical for linking different parts of the brain together. The study is the first to find a connection between exercise and white matter in children.
Walks, sport, dancing, jumping, standing desk (more and more research on its benefits is coming out)
5. Don’t stress the brain - 8.59min
When our kids needs for food, comfort and security are not met, the baby’s brain is busy worrying about survival and they’re not thriving.
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