Child Nutrition and Learning

Fruits and vegetables are great for children's minds and bodies

Keeping a proper diet and getting the right nutrition are essential for learning. In our research, we found there are certain foods that support the mind and others that have negative effects. In addition, in this post you'll we share diet tips and child nutrition info that can help them be more effective learners and balanced individuals.

Processed Foods and Chemical Substances Block Learning

sugar is not a proper substance for children's nutrition

Foods that contain man-made, processed additives and hyper-toxins including as MSG, high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugar can easily throw off your child's body and brain chemistry leading to an inability to concentrate, focus and learn. Try to keep your child's diet as free from these substances as possible. They may be approved by the FDA but that doesn't mean they're good for you or your children. We used stevia, a natural plant sweetener in our children's treats. Stevia acts to balance the child's blood sugar and has no ill effects.

To benefit most from accelerated learning education, your child's mind needs to be at peace and relaxed. Proper child nutrition can go far in helping the body become balanced and mind clear.

For further documentation, read this article: Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food by Eva Selhub MD, Contributing Editor for Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School.

The "Yin" and "Yang" Diet

The macrobiotic diet is balanced

The yin/yang traditionally symbolizes the balance of opposing forces that permeates everything. When in balance, there's harmony. When out of balance, there's discord. According to dietary and nutrition experts in Japan, the same holds true with the foods we eat. The wrong foods we choose can make us too "yin" or too "yang", throw our body chemistry out of balance and deter the mind's ability to concentrate, focus, take in, store and recall information.

A Recommended Diet for Proper Child Nutrition

macrobiotic chart

There is a diet that's based on the philosophy of the yin and yang balance. It's known as the macrobiotic diet and has been popular since about the 1920s in Japan and more recently in the United States.

According to this dietary approach, foods that fall under yin are cold, sweet and passive; yang foods are hot, salty and aggressive. Intake of foods that fall on the far end of each side of this spectrum can throw your diet (and your body chemistry) out of balance.

So, the key is to prepare foods that stay more in the middle of this yin/yang spectrum. In addition, locally grown whole grains such as barley, fresh vegetables, beans and fish play an important role in the macrobiotic diet. When following this diet, many have felt more balanced and energized. Properly balanced foods can help make study and training more effective and lasting.

To fully understand the philosophy of the macrobiotic diet and learn how to prepare learning foods based on these guidelines, we recommend reading, Aveline Kushi's Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking: For Health, Harmony, and Peace.

The Best Children's Nutrition to Support Learning

child nutrition in a bottle

By far, the most balanced and bio-available form of child nutrition we've found is VIBE Liquid. Our whole family uses it daily with excellent results. It's available from Eniva Corporation and we offer it here in our store. Only one ounce contains all the child nutrition needed daily and it comes in all-natural formulas for both adults and children. Studies on VIBE show we would have to buy and consume over $800 worth of fruits, grains, protein and vegetables to get the same nutrition found in only one bottle of VIBE! Click here for more info/purchase.

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