Are you also getting anxious about your baby’s growth? As a new mother we want to give everything to our kid, best toys, best facilities, nutritive food and in that process we start neglecting our selves because of the heavy duty of becoming a mother.
As we are talking about our little one’s nutritive food consumption. It becomes really important on our part to make sure not only them but we also have a good amount of nutrition because a baby is just an extension of mother’s.
The initial 3-4 years are very important for their brain development as in this time baby’ brain development starts taking place having food which is rich in nutrition especially EFA (essential fatty acids) would do great for them.
Let us talk EFA:
EFA’s are an essential fatty acid which is important for brain development and because they can’t be produced by our body. These fats cell helps build cells regulate the nervous system, strengthen the heart, build your body’s immunity etc.
EFA’s have also brain affection towards vision so the eyesight also gets stronger and does not get easily affected by the harsh radiation of Television and mobile phones. That also reminds me to tell you it would be great if you keep your kid away from the phone for at least two-three years of age for their development.
The types of common EFA’s are:
Omega-3(linoleic acid) and Omega-6 (linolenic acid), they are types of unsaturated fats. They help overall affection on the body’s health like on cholesterol and reduce inflammation.
At the age of 1- 3 years child needs around 7 g of omega-6 and 0.7 g of omega 3 are needed daily in their diet for their healthy development of the brain and heart.
Now that we have discussed so much about the essential fatty acids lets see about some food items with which we can achieve our requirement of nutritive health.
Here are food items that will boost your child’s brainpower.
Seeds are high in minerals and whenever we talk about the development of brain power mineral rich food should be our priority as they help the development of neurotransmitters.
Seeds like chia, pumpkin, and flaxseeds help in the development of brain with that also has action on immunity which keeps body’ infection at a distant in kids.
Vegetables that have rich in colors are very good sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to keep the brain cells healthy. Some of the best vegetables for the brain are sweet potato, pumpkins, and carrots. Antioxidants also have a good effect on the immunity of the body which will keep infections away from the kid. Green leafy vegetables like spinach are rich in vitamin b9 which is folic acid, which keeps Dementia, Alzheimer’s and neurological brain issues at a distant.
Broccoli is another superfood item for your baby’s brain. It contains DHA, which helps the neurons connect and nerves to develop in a healthier way. It also has cancer-fighting properties which build up the body’s resistance towards cancer.
This makes it an important baby brain food. Broccoli is also loaded with vitamins which help in the development of the overall health as it will help in making them active.
Fatty fishes like salmon, tuna contain omega 3 fatty acids, which provide the building blocks of the brain tissue. Omega 3 fatty acids aid the growth and function of the brain in babies.
A regular intake of fishes will improve your child’s mental skills. But here you have to also make sure that you give it in a simple manner because our little one’s digestive tract is also not completely developed yet so keep that also in mind, this is completely individual also.
The Egg is a storehouse of nutrition and mostly loaded with protein. It contains nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, lutein and choline, which enhance concentration and provides good health for the heart. Choline helps produce acetylcholine or the memory stem cells. It helps to improve memory in babies and it will also show its effects once your baby starts going to school and will do great in academics also.
6. Whole Grains:
Whole grains improve concentration in babies by providing their brain with a constant supply of energy. It has a low glycemic index and slowly releases glucose into the bloodstream, keeping your child alert throughout the day and active.
It also contains folic acid, which is essential for the proper functioning of the brain. Whole grains also have lot effect on the digestive tract as it improves the digestion of the body and it will give proper satisfactory stools with a healthy gut.
A study reveals that kids who eat oats for breakfast perform significantly better in tasks especially when it comes to memory. Oat is rich in Vitamin E, zinc and B-complex vitamins. Its high fiber content provides the kids with energy and also in keeping the gastrointestinal tract health.
Berries are loaded with Vitamin C which is high to give in immunity. The high vitamin C content in berries improves memory in kids. It also prevents oxidative stress in the brain.
Nuts like walnuts, almonds are peanuts are brain-friendly foods. The high levels of vitamin E in these foods prevent degeneration of brain development easily. Nuts contain minerals which have direct action on brain development. the Nut has minerals like zinc which can have good action over brain development.
For hard nuts like cashews, walnuts, almonds, peanuts what you can do is grind them together, make a past of it and put some honey this will make it delicious for your little one to try on as they start developing a sense of taste.
It is a super baby brain development food item. Yogurt keeps the brain cell membranes active and permeable helping the brain send and receive information. The B complex vitamins in Greek yogurt are necessary for the growth of brain tissues and neurotransmitters.
With the development of neurotransmitter, a baby has better development of the food item and helps in good health.
Avocado is beneficial for brain health. It is a rich source of unsaturated fats which also helps in lowering the cholesterol and which also promote blood flow to the brain.
It also contains oleic acid, which protects myelin. Myelin helps the information travel at a speed of 200 miles an hour which is must faster than our imagination and here it is so good to be noticed that how our body has such wonderful effects. The high levels of B-complex vitamins in avocados reduce the risk of hypertension in babies.
These superfoods are abundant in with essential nutrients good for the development of the brain and they are easily available in your kitchen so don’t get bluffed by the high-quality food items which will be costly yet giving only the simple things in nutrition which our body already has.