Here's an excerpt from our Be Good to Your Whole Body Pocket Guide for August. Pick one up in store or online. Diet can affect some children’s focus. Sleeping problems, physical symptoms and mood changes may change with diet. Here are some commonly asked questions about diet that may help you and your child maintain healthy focus this school year.Is my child getting the right nutrients?Essential fatty acids (EFAs), zinc and magnesium are among specific nutrients and supplements currently being researched for a possible link to supplementation that supports staying calm and alert.
Are DHA and other omega-3 EFAs really that important?
The brain is primarily composed of these essential fatty acids which also make up the protective membranes around neurotransmitters, vital for the exchange of information in the body. Studies show that some children may be deficient in omega-3s. A specific type of omega-3, called DHA, is necessary for brain function and may support focus in children. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) can be found in cold water fatty fish*, fish oil supplements and seaweed.
Are there herbs that might be helpful?
Chamomile, valerian and feverfew are known for supporting a calm nervous system and are often found in formulas for children.
What about my child’s general diet?
Some experts recommend removing certain ingredients and foods from the diets of some children. Artificial additives, wheat, dairy, eggs, sugar and caffeine are a few, as well as foods with toxic pesticide residue and types of fish commonly high in mercury. (Here's more information about fish and mercury.)Learn more about children’s health with ourGo Back to School Healthy pocket guide, available in-store or online.