Are Nutrition and Lifestyle Connected to Child Behavior?
Research suggests that there is a direct correlation between, nutrition and lifestyle and child behavior.
Good nutrition, for example, has been shown to improve mood and behavior in children. Brain food improves the brain and an improved brain brings about better behavior.
Exercise has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain that enhance a child's sense of well-being and sense of control, which can lead to positive behavior.
Good lifestyle choices, such as being tobacco free, exerts a direct influence on child behavior. Secondhand Smoke for example, has been correlated with poor health and mental disorders in children. A strong association exists between smoking(as well as being exposed to secondhand smoke) and mental health problems.
Medication Option: Pros and Cons
Sometimes medication is required by children with behavior problems. Medication is needed to reduce symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness so that behavioral modification therapy can take place.
There is a place for the use of drugs in severe cases of ADHD, Bipolar Disorders and
Parents should do some research on medication to learn about its effects and safety. For example,there are several safety issues associated with stimulant medication. Long term effects of stimulants on the developing brain are not known. Some stimulant drugs have been associated with suicide and depression. Other non-stimulant drugs like antidepressants have also been associated with suicide risk.
Lifestyle changes are proving to be quite effective in helping children deal with anger, hyperactivity and behavior problems. There is a strong connection between good nutrition and lifestyle and good behavior.
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Why are Lifestyle Changes connected to Child Behavior?
Research shows that there is a direct correlation between nutrition/lifestyle and behavior.
A diet rich in omega fatty acids, low in sugar, free from food coloring and preservatives has been shown to improve child behavior.Similarly, daily exercise has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain; serotonin levels are directly associated with a child's sense of well being and control which has a direct impact on his behavior. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new neurons, a situation that contributes to the development of the executive functions of the brain. The executive functions are responsible for emotional control, working memory and attention.
There is no harm in giving the lifestyle option a serious try first. You might be able to see enough improvement in your child's behavior to preempt the medication option.
Further adjustment can be made to the child's diet and lifestyle to increase their overall effectiveness.Nutrition and lifestyle changes can also be used in conjunction with medical prescription.In fact, this will increase the effectiveness of the overall treatment.
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Proper Nutrition is guaranteed when you take the time to cook. Home cooked meals are generally more nutritious and healthy; they are lower in fat, salt and chemicals. And they are better tasting. They are, however, time-consuming.
A good idea is to get professional help for the other details of the house--from window cleaners to child care helpers, electricians to physicians.
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Disclaimer: The above information is meant only to inform and should never displace professional consultation.
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