for Optimum Learning

The nutrition guide for optimum learning teaches you what you need to know so that your child's brain and body will perform at its best for optimum learning.  Since I am not an expert on this subject, I have drawn from many books written on the subject.

The following are summaries of the books that I have read about nutrition, exercise and supplements.  These books cover so much more than these 3 topics.  I hope you find one of these summaries interesting enough to check out the book yourself.

When I was researching this topic, I learned so much about our bodies.  How they were made, what they required and why they required certain foods, vitamins and minerals.

When you and your child(ren) understand the whys of what the body needs to perform at its optimum, you and your child(ren) will make better choices.  When your family experiences the benefits from making good eating and exercise choices that these books suggest, they will never want to go back to the old lifestyle.

Children who have been struggling with learning or those that have a learning disability will soon see a difference in their level of concentration.  Often times, they will express that they see a difference but don't know why.


Dr. Sears' Lean Kids

In the book, Dr. Sears' Lean Kids, you will learn 10 lean lifestyle habits.  Dr. Sears even has tasty smoothie recipes for the child who won't eat breakfast.  Find out what the "grow foods" are versus the "dead foods".  Your child will want to know these if they want to play sports or do well in school because the grow foods help the body to grow.

Dr. Sears says to keep the body moving!  Exercise of any kind helps pump blood and oxygen into the brain making the person more alert.  He also says that a child who doesn't exercise, grows older faster.

Optimum Nutrition for Your Child's Mind

Find out the five (5) substances that Americans eat on a daily basis that are damaging our brains.  Read about why Omega 3's and Omega 6's, essential fats, are essential!  If your child is taking Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Strattera or a similar drug, you want to read this book to find out the side affects.  You will also want to know what other doctors aren't telling you about these drugs.

Fit Kids

Fit Kids addresses the issues of:

  • exercise; how much is enough?
  • obesity and how it affects sleep habits
  • the importance of breakfast
  • minerals and vitamins--especially iron

Strong Kids, Healthy Kids

This book tells you why corn syrup, fructose, and high fructose is detrimental to our bodies.  Hohn, the author, also discusses why our bodies are dehydrated and how that is a contributing factor to obesity, memory loss, and daytime fatigue.  Hohn also discusses certain vitamins and minerals he thinks are necessary.

Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

In this book, Dr. Ratey discusses a school in Naperville, IL in 2008 that had the most fit and the smartest students in the world.  This is a most enlightening book about how exercise affects the brain.  Naperville, IL figured this out and utilized it with their reading program so that the students would be at their best in reading classes.

An inner city school in Kansas City, MO, used exercise to help reduce violence in their school.  When they reestablished PE classes for 45 minutes every day, they say school violence drop by 67%.

Dr. Ratey also discusses how students with anxiety can be overcomers through the discipline of exercise.  

What's Eating Your Child

Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, is a Sherlock Holmes of nutrition.  She encourages parents to become a Nutrition Detective for their child(ren).  She wants parents to learn how to watch for symptoms, causes and nutritional treatments for what is ailing their child.  This book contains much information on vitamins, minerals and supplements that will help a child have energy, be motivated and booster school performance.

Please let me know if these books listed in this Nutrition Guide for Optimum Learning were as informative and helpful to you as they were to me.  Also, if you have a book that should be listed here, let me know.

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