The measure of a child's performance in school can be seen on a report card. But one major influence on that performance that can be measured as well is the child's diet, nutrition. Studies have been done, and can easily be done by moms and dads, with a few simple yet healthy changes/additions to a child's diet to see changes in there performance at school. Their grades were evaluated and overall performance from one semester to another, and can be looked at from 1 quarter to the next. Studies have shown that kids who get more and better nutrition from fruits and vegetables namely, get better grades and have less problems at school than those who have poor dietary habits and low nutrient quality. Learn why eating fruits and vegetables is especially important, and how you can benefit from adding Juice Plus+® to your diet. Here's more...
Kids are going back to school and eating breakfast could make a big difference in how they do in school. "Not paying attention, cranky, sometimes argumentative," said Elementary Teacher Joy White.
These may sound like signs that a child has a behavior problem, but it could mean they're hungry. White said it's an issue she sees frequently. "They don't feel good, so we'll send them down to the cafeteria for food," said White.
Dietitian Daphne Smith said skipping out on breakfast could mean more than just a headache for teachers, kids can also have a hard time getting through their school work. "Your brain has to have sugar, it has to have some sort of fuel in order to function on," said Smith.
But not too much sugar, and a balance of protein and fiber. "If you have a cereal that has no fiber and does have a lot of sugar, that's not going to last. It's going to be digested and gone in 30 minutes or an hour maybe," said Smith.
Smith said parents should look for items that are made out of whole grains. Another good indicator of whether the product is a healthy breakfast option, price. "The more processing they do, the further away they get from the original food and the higher the cost is, and usually the less nutrition is there too," said Smith. ( More... )
Comments: Interestingly, schools don't seem to put enough emphasis on good nutrition when it comes to students and their performance. I don't want to believe that they don't care, but it may have something to do with the money that is received in 'donations' from big soft drink companies and how generous the support 'feels' for all the help covering costs. Afterall, if it just means having their products throughout the school in exchange for a big one-time donation, the compromise is much worse over the long haul than any money will seem to help in the short term. There is no doubt that soft drinks are probably the #1 inhibitor of good nutrition - either by giving kids a false sense of 'fullness' because of the sugar and/or caffeine, or just keeping them from eating the fruits and vegetables that would provide good nutrition and energy in a natural way.
The bottom line: a healthy diet will bring better behavior, better grades, and better overall health than the more common fast foods, vending machine snacks, and soft drinks. Add more fruits and vegetables to your child's diet everyday and watch as their grades and performance in school improves. If you can't or won't get the minimum recommended fruits and vegetables for their diet or yours, I recommend you add Juice Plus+® vitamin supplement in order to get fruit and vegetable nutrients from a variety of foods, and see if that helps. We have found with many consumers who take Juice Plus+ that there are improvements in many areas of their health and even results at school.
The Health & Wellness Institute, PC
Learn why eating fruits and vegetables is especially important, and how you can benefit from adding Juice Plus+® to your diet.