Nutrition & The Brain
Feeding Your Child’s Brain
The process of growing from a child into an adult creates substantial stress on a youngster’s body and mind. Growth spurts that result in outgrown clothes and shoes are easy to see. Not so obvious is that a child’s brain is experiencing the same sort of rapid, remarkable development.

Parents have a tremendous opportunity to affect their toddler’s or young child’s future by shaping their brains through nutrition. Like saving money for college, investment in your youngster’s brain nutrition in the early years will have a positive and lasting affect throughout the remainder of his life.

According to author and former teacher Eric P. Jensen in his book Teaching with the Brain in Mind:

“In the past decade or two, compelling studies have shown the clear effect of better nutrition. In fact, the long-term impact of nutritional supplements (given to children from birth to age 7) is significant. Not only did children who received supplements score higher in quantitative thought and expression, reading, and vocabulary 10 years later, but also, when researchers followed up with these children between the ages of 11 and 26, they had improved socioeconomic status compared to the control group. Research strongly indicates that improved nutrition leads to improved cognition.”

Researchers make the following recommendations for parents who want to provide their children with nutrition that feeds their growing brains as well as their bodies:
  • Protein. Sufficient protein is essential. Other than water, a growing body consists primarily of protein.
  • Minerals and trace elements. Iron, zinc and selenium will insure proper mood regulation in your child. They also reduce fatigue and aid concentration.
  • Deficiencies in protein, iron and selenium impair the process of myelination of brain cells, which can result in decreased mental efficiency.
  • Vitamins A, B, C and E. These nutrients are necessary for brain maintenance, memory, strength and vision. They also contain protective properties.
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). EFA’s, in particular omega 3 and 6, play a crucial role in cell membrane function. They also aid in the development of your youngster’s eyes and brain.
  • Food sources such as fresh fruits, leafy greens, nuts and salmon are the optimal way for your child to receive the nutrients that support his brain development and performance. Supplements can fill in the gaps.

A 3-oz. serving of Pediagro supplies your child with 10 grams of the highest quality protein plus 12 essential vitamins and minerals.

The Importance of Hydration
Your child’s brain is about 80% water. It makes sense, then, that if your youngster is poorly hydrated, his mental performance and ability to learn will be affected.

Mild dehydration can reveal itself as reduced alertness and inability to concentrate. Attention, concentration and memory can decrease by as much as 10% at the point your child feels thirsty. His mental performance will continue to deteriorate as the degree of dehydration increases.

If your youngster is dehydrated, as soon as he rehydrates he’ll become immediately more alert and revitalized. In schools that are paying attention to the importance of hydration, teachers have concluded that adequate water or other healthful hydration supplementation for students contributed to a more productive learning environment.

Pediagro is a micro-hydration resource and can help your child stay hydrated throughout the day.