Lesson 1: How to use Food to Boost Mood

how to use food to boost mood

get the right nutrients on board

  • B12 is essential for brain and central nervous system function, forming red blood cells and converting food into energy. 
  • Iron plays a significant role in our kid's moods, attention span, and overall health.
  • Magnesium facilitates brain electrical activity and aids in calming the nervous system.
  • Omega-3s provide essential DHA to support a child’s developing brain. 
  • Probiotics encourage good bacteria in the gut and while in transit modulate the immune system. 
  • Protein is the building block for the body and the brain!
  • Vitamin B is required to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, which governs both mood and behavior. 
  • Vitamin D enables the function of each cell in the body, and it performs a vital purpose in attention and the way the brain functions.
  • Zinc facilitates neurotransmitter function.

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.