Nutrition is very important to maintain our overall wellness. However, for students with neurodiversity or dyslexia or different ways of learning, nutrition plays a pivotal role in retaining and understanding information. These are some of our top tips around nutrition and Wellness:
- Water, we often underestimate the value of high consumption of water. Often in classrooms settings, kids can forgot to drink water especially during the school day. Generally, depending on activity etc, we need to consume around two – two half litres per day. A useful tool to keep track of this for an adult is that there are lots of application that remind you about drinking water. For children, getting a cool and easy to use bottle often can be very encouraging.
- Reduce sugar and salt, we all know the negative effects of such ingredients added to our foods. Where possible, limiting consumption of such foods helps maintain balance and consistent energy levels. Such additives have a wide range of side effects, which we won’t look at in this article but feel free to do some further investigation!
- Look at labels, often people underestimate what is in their foods and place a lot of trust in large organisations thinking ‘that can’t be unhealthy’. We see this regularly with families and students at the moment. Some common concerns are ‘sugar free’ alternatives which often have a great deal more preserves and sweeteners than the original version! Therefore reading and doing some research to understand labels, can you do and your family the world of good!
- Organic where possible, we generally don’t know where most of our food comes from or what is has been in contact with! Ideally organic produce goes through a strict process making it a healthier option for most food products. In supermarkets, there is often a own store brand of organic produce making it very accessible and cost effective to buy organic options.
- Juicer machines for fruit and vegetables, I never really understood how useful juicers were until recently. I have often used a smoothie machine but juicers are used in a completely different way and suitable for a wider range of fruit and vegetables.