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Diet can help to put our little ones in a better or worse mood, improve or worsen their behavior, stimulate them, make them more active or even get them to calm down and relax. This is how food affects children's mood swings.
It is clear that food cannot be the only treatment if there is a behavior problem, but simple changes in diet stimulate changes in brain structure and in the neural connections that can contribute to positive or negative changes in the behavior of children.
Research in this field, that of food and neuroscience, is not only recent but also advances almost daily, so, although not all the mechanisms are known, the clues are most attractive. Since food affects children's mood swings, let's see 5 proposals that not only improve mood, but are beneficial for the health of children in general:
- Carbohydrates are our friends, you just have to choose the most appropriate. Simple carbohydrates increase energy immediately, sudden, so that children tend to become uncontrolled when they consume them in excess. However, complex carbohydrates, being absorbed much more slowly, release energy gradually, being very beneficial for the body. In addition, complex carbohydrates help the absorption of tryptophan, a non-essential amino acid that is directly involved in the synthesis of serotonin, the chemical responsible for relaxation and maintaining balance in mood.
- Offer them omega 3 fatty acids. Fish, with its content of these fatty acids, in addition to vitamin D, stimulates serotonin production which helps maintain a balanced mood. In addition, a low supply of omega 3 fatty acids, also present in nuts and some seeds, negatively affects some pathways that synthesize neurotransmitters in the brain, although its implication in negativism and apathy is still unclear.
- Don't let too many hours pass between your meals. It seems that the continuous supply of glucose in the brain promotes proper functioning of all the neural connections, which translates into a better mood.
- Stimulates physical activity, better outdoors. Although it is not clear which are the minimum levels that influence a negative result, it is scientifically proven that Lack of vitamin D, which is synthesized in the body with the help of sunlight, has a significant influence on mood, increasing pessimism and reluctance. Vitamin D participates in the synthesis of serotonin in the brain, hence its direct relationship with the good or bad mood of our children.
- Offers foods rich in selenium. A deficiency in selenium is related to a worse mood, given its participation in many chemical reactions in the brain, so a diet rich in nuts, seeds, fish and legumes is beneficial to ensure its contribution.
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