It is important that your child gets his or her nutrition early on.
This is the most important time for brain development, as they start to learn new things and create new ideas all the time. Brain development revolves around getting the right amount of:
l Glucose - Simply put, it is the blood sugar level. Glucose provides energy and is vital in determining attention span. Lack of glucose can cause your child to feel sleepy in class.
The most important meal is breakfast, and glucose should be a part of every child's breakfast to ensure that the blood sugar level is maintained throughout the day's activities. Kids who usually skip breakfast tend to have a shorter attention span and difficulty remembering lessons.
l Vitamin B - Vitamin B helps to release the energy in glucose. Lack of Vitamin B can cause aggressiveness and depression. There are 12 types of Vitamin B, so it may be difficult to get all in a meal. Cereals are a good provider of Vitamin B.
l Iron - Helps to transport oxygen in the blood system to individual cells, including brain cells. Lack of iron results in anaemia, which is common in children who don't get a balanced diet.
Besides having a low attention span, iron-anaemic children are less motivated to participate in challenging tasks that stretch their imagination and ability.
Having a good selection of red meat, tuna, chicken, or leafy vegetables like legumes and broccoli can give your child all the iron he or she needs.
l Folic Acid - Important in the formation of red and white blood cells. Lack of folic acid results in your child feeling tired, irritable and forgetful. Food sources like fresh vegetables and fruits are good sources of folic acid.
l Zinc - Important to maintain communication between nerve cells and brain cells. Deficiencies in zinc can cause your child to have difficulty solving academic problems. The medical world calls this cognitive impairment. Zinc is found in cereals and peanuts.
l Vitamin A - An important nutrient for the nervous system of foetuses. It is found in dark leafy vegetables and orange or yellow fruits. - Gobala Krishnan from Learning Corner.