We are what we eat!

And we all know what children eat ( and don't eat)!

There is a strong link between behaviour, moods and appetite and much research has been undertaken in the area of children's nutrition.

The World Health Organisation  issued a statement many years ago to the effect that we all need supplementation in  our diets due to the way food is grown, harvested and stored today. These techniques can lead to a depletion in essential minerals. There is research to support this available from what used to be know as the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. These mineral deficiencies will manifest in children's health, well being and behaviour! They are essential for healthy growth, brain development and  healthy functioning of the immune and endocrine systems.

'Hyperactive type' behaviours are  often associated with certain food additives / artificial sweeteners and keeping a  food diary, working with the Feingold Diet (as advocated by the Hyperactive Children's Support Group,) can be very helpful measures  in regulating behavioural type problems.

Protein drinks administered in the mornings can improve concentration and introducing  good vitamin and mineral supplements can also be very helpful. In addition the benefits of giving children 'Essential Fatty Acids' has been well researched and documented in reducing behavioural problems.

Food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies all play a part in behavioural responses and testing young people for potential allergies and vitamin / mineral deficiencies can prove to be very beneficial. Very often young people are able to be supported in monitoring certain food types / additives / artificial sweeteners. for themselves.

Below is an example of how we monitored improvements in one young person over a six month period: