how to use food to boost mood
get the right nutrients on board
feed your child real food
Eating real food is essential for proper brain function. If a healthy mood is linked to good brain health and good brain health is linked to good gut health, it should go without saying that nourishing the brain and the gut with the essential nutrients that they need will lead to better moods. Make sure your child eats plenty of plant-based foods, such as fruit, seeds, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. Include healthy fats, seafood, and high-quality animal proteins.
ditch the sugar
Foods with high sugar content have a rebound effect on kids. Initially, when kids eat sugar, their moods seem okay but are often followed by a build-up of energy that turns into hyperactivity. They eventually crash as their bodies start to manage the excess sugar, and they become moody, tired, unfocused, and irritable. If you regularly feed your child sugary foods, they will spend the entire day oscillating between the sugar rush and the crash. This means their mood will always be negatively affected, and they will be grumpy and irritable all day. The fix for this is to reduce the amount of sugar your child consumes. Instead of high sugar drinks, candy, white bread, and refined foods, feed your child healthy whole-food snacks such as chopped veggies, fruit, protein balls, smoothies, and other home-made snacks.
Supplement to prevent deficiencies
If your child has a mood or behavioral issue, it may be challenging to get them to eat the nutrient-rich foods that they need. While you can't supplement your child to better health, supplements play an indispensable role in helping kids transition to healthier diets. Supplements prevent deficiencies and can improve your child's moods while you are working on their diet.