Posted on by Margo Gladding
Did you know 60% of the brain is made up of healthy fats? Two fats essential for optimal brain activity are the omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Unfortunately, the majority of American kids are deficient in these healthy fats. Essential fatty acids must be ingested because the body cannot produce them. The standard American diet is low in these important fats, which are contained in foods such as walnuts, salmon, avocados, and flaxseed . Supplementing with fish oil helps to promote healthy brain development and function (reading, spelling, and behavior) and supports vision. There are about 3 pounds of bacteria (both good and bad) in the human body. You need many species of good bacteria called probiotics to keep your immune system and digestive system strong. Beneficial bacteria can help your body by:
- Keeping bad bacteria in check (protect the body from infection)
- Boosting immune health (helps with allergy support)
- Promoting healthy muscles, bones, and overall body composition
- Reducing your risk of developing Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol
- Supporting mental health (enhancing concentration, memory, and elevating mood)
- Soda - very high in sugar and caffeine
- Potato chips and French fries - contain unhealthy fats
- Doughnuts and other processed baked goods - contain refined sugar/flour
- Lunch meats and hot dogs - contain sodium nitrate (linked to cancer)
- Canned soup - high in sodium, MSG, and unhealthy fats
- Nuts and seeds - great source of healthy fats, minerals, vitamins
- Protein smoothie - provides protein boost for healthy growth
- Hardboiled eggs - high in protein and choline to support brain health
- Colorful fruit - rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
- Hummus and veggies - provide fiber, healthy fats and protein
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