2017 Back to School. Help your children reach their full potential

2017 Back to School. Help your children reach their full potential

Author -  Good Health

The summer holidays are over and kids are back to school.

Often wonder about your child’s schooling? What makes a child do well in school? A reputable school, skilled teachers or well-run lessons?

There are many different views; however what children bring to the classroom matters every bit as much as what the classroom can offer them. Getting back to basics is often the first step to a helping your child reach their full potential.

7 Basic tips to getting the best out of your child

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1. Boost their Brain:

Ensure optimal Omega-3 levels. Omega 3 essential fatty acids (found in fish or krill oil) are vital for brain and eye development and are necessary to properly care for the brain throughout life. Our body can’t make Omega-3 so we need to get it through food or supplementation. Higher levels of Omega-3 (DHA in particular) are associated with better reading and memory, as well as with fewer behavior problems. Chewable fish oil capsules are an easy and delicious way to boost omega 3 levels. 

2. Nourish their body:

Good nutrition has long been identified as a critical component to learning and development at any age but it has a greater impact on children whose minds and bodies are still growing. Kids who skip breakfast, eat prepackaged food for lunch and snack on junk foods after school can seriously affect the way they learn, think and feel. Quality wholefoods are full of vitamins, minerals and proteins and can boost your child’s energy and immunity, as well as promote the healthy development of cells. Supplement with a multi vitamin if you need.

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3. Exercise:

Getting kids involved in team sports not only helps to develop physical skills, make friends, have fun, and improve self-esteem, but it increases blood flow through the body and brain assisting memory. Fit children are thought to be able to think more efficiently and have a better ability to pay attention than children who don’t exercise.

4. Adequate Sleep:

Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for proper development; tissue repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite. Kids wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities. When kids get the sleep they need, they have less learning problems and attention issues. If your child is having trouble sleeping, try Magnesium – it calms the body and mind allowing a restful sleep.

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5. Eyesight – Don’t turn a blind eye:

With kids spending so much time staring at digital devices it's no surprise that they too, are susceptible to eye strain and the damaging effects of blue light emissions. Watch out for squinting and holding handheld devices too closely, or complaints of sore eyes or headaches. Bilberry and Lutein are specific eye nutrients that are known to be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision. Get their eye sight checked to be sure.

6. Hydration:

Water is responsible for optimal health, energy and mental clarity. Children are prone to dehydration as they are less heat tolerant and often do not recognise when they are thirsty. Ensure you child is drinking at least 4-6 glasses of water and encourage them by leading an example. Water is by far the best choice for hydration; try adding slices of fruit and experiment with temperature for variety.

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7. Importance of play:

It is easy to focus on academic achievement, and overlook how essential play is for a child’s development. Unscheduled and undirected, play enables children to engage with the world around them, where they learn to conquer fears, grow in confidence and discover their own area of interest. Play contributes to children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. It is the ideal opportunity for parents to engage and view the world from their child’s perspective.

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2017 Back to School. Help your children reach their full potential

The summer holidays are over and kids are back to school. Often wonder about your child’s schooling? What makes a child do well in school? A reputable school, skilled teachers or well-run lessons? There are many different views; however what children bring to the classroom matters every bit as much as what the classroom can offer them. Getting back to basics is often the first step to a helping your child reach their full potential.

7 Basic tips to getting the best out of your child

ISS_4266_01673.jpg

1. Boost their Brain:

Ensure optimal Omega-3 levels. Omega 3 essential fatty acids (found in fish or krill oil) are vital for brain and eye development and are necessary to properly care for the brain throughout life. Our body can’t make Omega-3 so we need to get it through food or supplementation. Higher levels of Omega-3 (DHA in particular) are associated with better reading and memory, as well as with fewer behavior problems. Chewable fish oil capsules are an easy and delicious way to boost omega 3 levels. 

2. Nourish their body:

Good nutrition has long been identified as a critical component to learning and development at any age but it has a greater impact on children whose minds and bodies are still growing. Kids who skip breakfast, eat prepackaged food for lunch and snack on junk foods after school can seriously affect the way they learn, think and feel. Quality wholefoods are full of vitamins, minerals and proteins and can boost your child’s energy and immunity, as well as promote the healthy development of cells. Supplement with a multi vitamin if you need.

03C78664.jpg

3. Exercise:

Getting kids involved in team sports not only helps to develop physical skills, make friends, have fun, and improve self-esteem, but it increases blood flow through the body and brain assisting memory. Fit children are thought to be able to think more efficiently and have a better ability to pay attention than children who don’t exercise.

4. Adequate Sleep:

Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for proper development; tissue repair, memory consolidation and release of hormones regulating growth and appetite. Kids wake up less prepared to concentrate, make decisions, or engage fully in school and social activities. When kids get the sleep they need, they have less learning problems and attention issues. If your child is having trouble sleeping, try Magnesium – it calms the body and mind allowing a restful sleep.

ING_33594_170447.jpg

5. Eyesight – Don’t turn a blind eye:

With kids spending so much time staring at digital devices it's no surprise that they too, are susceptible to eye strain and the damaging effects of blue light emissions. Watch out for squinting and holding handheld devices too closely, or complaints of sore eyes or headaches. Bilberry and Lutein are specific eye nutrients that are known to be beneficial for maintaining eye health and good vision. Get their eye sight checked to be sure.

6. Hydration:

Water is responsible for optimal health, energy and mental clarity. Children are prone to dehydration as they are less heat tolerant and often do not recognise when they are thirsty. Ensure you child is drinking at least 4-6 glasses of water and encourage them by leading an example. Water is by far the best choice for hydration; try adding slices of fruit and experiment with temperature for variety.

03C00547.jpg

7. Importance of play:

It is easy to focus on academic achievement, and overlook how essential play is for a child’s development. Unscheduled and undirected, play enables children to engage with the world around them, where they learn to conquer fears, grow in confidence and discover their own area of interest. Play contributes to children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. It is the ideal opportunity for parents to engage and view the world from their child’s perspective.

2017 Back to School. Help your children reach their full potential
 
 
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