Summer break is going by quickly, and soon the kids will be dusting off their backpacks, getting shiny new school supplies, and heading back to school. As we prepare our kids for this new transition, it’s important to think about their academic well-being, beyond test scores and grades.
Boosting brain health is something we feel passionate about at CentreSpring MD + Peds, and we know that it takes more than tutors and prep courses. Each child’s individual biochemistry requires specific nutritional and digestive support, as well as lifestyle modifications for optimal brain health.
Nutrients such as B vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids, magnesium and iron are key building blocks for important neurotransmitters that affect concentration, memory and mood. Deficiencies in any of these micronutrients can absolutely affect school performance, focus and interest in academics.
Too much intake of “brain busters” like sugar, food additives, refined carbohydrates and trans fats can have a negative impact on your child’s academic performance. Making sure to fill your child’s diet with brain boosting foods and limiting the brain busting foods will greatly contribute to their educational success.
The Gut-Brain Connection is very important, which is why this is an area of focus when we’re trying to boost brain health in our patients. Important neurotransmitters like serotonin, GABA and dopamine are all created in our guts by the bacteria who inhabit our microbiomes, so making sure that the microbiome is healthy is key. Inflammation of the gut lining or “leaky gut” can cause problems with absorption of micronutrients as well.
Finally, focusing on some lifestyle factors like making sure your child has good quality and quantity of sleep, as well as limited screen time and lots of love and room for creative expression, will take your child’s educational performance to the next level.
At CentreSpring MD, we love taking the time to get to know each child and to come up with an individualized plan for optimizing their physical, mental and academic health. Schedule an appointment with us today so that your child is best prepared for the coming school year, both mentally and physically!
Categories: Pediatric Wellness