National Nutrition Week is observed every year from October 9 to 15 with an aim of raising awareness about the importance of eating healthy.
This year’s National Nutrition Week shines a spotlight on the relationship between maintaining a good diet and mental health.
Nutrition experts from Nestlé say one’s food choices and feelings go hand-in-hand more often than one might think.
Nestlé for Healthier Kids gives tips on how to maintain a good diet and a positive mood for children:
A balanced breakfast to kick-start the day
Making sure that children have a balanced breakfast to start the day can improve their mood, memory, and energy throughout the day. Breakfast should include fruits, porridge, yoghurt or peanut butter and healthy fats such as avocado, eggs and nuts.
A healthy gut makes a happy child
Bacteria in your child’s gut plays an important role in their mental and physical well-being. The gut also produces most hormones responsible for balancing our moods, overall wellbeing, and happiness.
Drinking water is key as children may find it difficult to concentrate or think clearly if they don’t drink enough fluids. They might also start to feel constipated if dehydrated, which can put them in a bad mood.
A treat can help lift any mood
Whether your little ones are suffering from kiddies’ blues or simply experiencing a dip in morale, getting a boost of happiness is always a welcome feeling. A chocolate treat in small portions is a great way for the brain to release stress and make them feel happier. Children can meet any challenge that comes their way, but when they are hungry or their body lacks vitamins, it’s hard to be in a good mood.
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