Hunger is defined as a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat.
Most of the time, we eat to satisfy our stomach however, we fail to consider the needs of our brain. Not only does the stomach crave for something but also the brain. But how do we know if our child’s brain is receiving the proper nutrition? Are there foods for the brain? Do the things we let our child eat affect their brain development?
The brain is actually the organ that will absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. It is a highly active organ that needs a lot of supply of oxygen, blood, and nutrients because it is always functioning and is the command-center of the bodythus the most vital part of our body. Therefore, eating healthy foods will make the brain healthy as well, while eating junk foods will certainly make the brain weak.
Here are four golden rules to follow to have a happy kid with a healthy brain:
Balanced Blood Sugar
Sugar is known as the fuel of the brain. However, we don’t know what types of food contain the right amount of sugar. There are fast sugar and slow sugar. Fast sugars are those that cause the blood sugar high and hyperactivity. To balance blood sugar, we should eat food containing slow releasing sugars like brown rice, oats, vegetables, and whole wheat pasta.
Eating 3 meals and 2 snacks a day will also help maintain the blood sugar level, preventing highs and lows. Eating protein-rich foods such as egg, milk, fish and yoghurt is important as well to slow down the absorption of sugar found in carbohydrates.