by Brad C. Davis, Mercury Learning Systems LLC
Keeping a proper diet and getting the right nutrition are essential for learning. In our research, we found there are certain foods that support the mind and others that have negative effects. In addition, in this article you'll find diet tips and excellent nutritional info that can help children be more effective learners.
Processed Foods and Sugar Help Block Learning
Foods that contain man-made, processed additives, MSG or other excitotoxins as well as refined sugar can throw off body and brain chemistry causing a negative effect on learning. Try to keep your child's diet as free from these substances as possible. They may be approved by the FDA but that doesn't mean they're good for you or your children.
To benefit most from accelerated learning methods, our mind needs to be at peace and relaxed. Learning foods can go far in helping the body become balanced and mind clear.
The "Yin" and "Yang" Diet
The yin/yang traditionally symbolizes the balance of opposing forces that permeates everything. When in balance, there's harmony. When out of balance, there's discord. According to dietary and nutrition experts in Japan, the same holds true with the foods we eat. The wrong foods we choose can make us too "yin" or too "yang", throw our body chemistry out of balance and deter the mind's ability to concentrate, focus, take in, store and recall information.
The Best Learning Diet
There is a diet that's based on the philosophy of the yin and yang balance. It's known as the macrobiotic diet and has been popular since about the 1920s in Japan and more recently in the United States.
According to this dietary approach, foods that fall under yin are cold, sweet and passive; yang foods are hot, salty and aggressive. Intake of foods that fall on the far end of each side of this spectrum can throw your diet (and your body chemistry) out of balance.
So, the key is to prepare foods that stay more in the middle of this yin/yang spectrum. In addition, locally grown whole grains such as barley, fresh vegetables, beans and fish play an important role in the macrobiotic diet. When following this diet, many have felt more balanced and energized. Properly balanced foods can help make study and training more effective and lasting.
To fully understand the philosophy of the macrobiotic diet and learn how to prepare learning foods based on these guidelines, we recommend reading, Aveline Kushi's "Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking: For Health, Harmony, and Peace". (See book in our products section)
The Best Nutrition to Support Learning
By far, the most balanced and bio-available nutrient-based product we've found is VIBE Liquid Nutraceutical. Our whole family uses it daily with excellent results. It's available from Eniva Corporation. Only one ounce contains all the nutrition (and more) that the body needs daily and it comes in all-natural formulas for both adults and children. Studies on VIBE show we would have to buy and consume over $800 worth of fruits, grains, protein and vegetables to get the same nutrition found in only one bottle of VIBE! Click here for more info.