We are currently experiencing an epidemic of childhood brain-related disorders in the Western world. Over the past decade or so, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with neuro- developmental disorders caused by compromised brain function. These include; ADHD, autism, learning and behavioural disorders, alongside an increase in conditions such as depression and anxiety. With these escalating problems impacting the health of the brain, the question must be asked. What is it about our modern lifestyle that is so destructive to our children’s brain health? How is our Modern Lifestyle Destructive to Brain Health While there has been a lot...

Iron is a mineral that is involved in brain development and infants with an iron deficiency test lower in cognitive function and motor skills.  Whilst still in their mother's womb, newborn babies absorb enough iron from their mother's blood to sustain them for the first 6 months of life.  But once have your infant reaches 6 months of age their stores start to naturally dwindle.  Between the ages of 7 to 12 months babies require 11 milligrams of iron a day - more than a adult male.  And because infants and children consume small amounts at mealtimes, it is imperative every mouthful...

To help you better understand your child’s gut (aka digestive system), the first illustration shows the position of the two main players; the small and large intestine.  The structural lining of your child’s gut wall (small and large intestine) is made up of small segments that join snugly together to form ‘tight junctions’ just like a jigsaw.   Imagine a jigsaw and that is exactly how the gut lining is designed.  In a healthy gut all the pieces fit tightly together making it a perfectly solid, leak-proof structure - the picture of good health. A leak-proof gut wall. The reason for the cosy fit between the...

The food your child eats plays a key role in keeping their brain healthy and working in peak condition. This helps to improve their mental development including memory, focus and concentration. Optimal brain function also helps your child in the happiness department too, lowering their risk of depression, anxiety, behavioural problems. You can help support your child's brain health and boost their alertness, memory and mood by including these foods in their diet. Eggs Eggs have had a bad rap for many years but thankfully they are making a come-back, as befits their function as a nutritional powerhouse.  Eggs are a good...

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