Nutrition and Behavioral Health
If you are a parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety or depression, ensuring that they get proper nutrition can positively impact their mental and behavioral health.
In fact, studies have found that certain nutrients and foods can improve behavior, encourage children to be more communicative and relieve some gastrointestinal conditions.
How Nutrients and Food “Feed” the Brain
- The brain’s billions of nerve cells (neurons) must communicate effectively for our bodies to function normally.
- Not getting the proper nutrients can lead to brain processing problems and may result in abnormal moods, thinking, perception or behavior.
- A deficit of nutrients in either side of the brain can lead to food sensitivities, though it is much more common in a right-brain dysfunction