We know that they are going to be stressed as the academic pace and demands on learning increase.
Feeding the Growing Brain
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This is the time to consider what nutrition you need to put in place so that these marvelous growing brains can thrive. Here are some essential nutritional basics for you to consider.
The Phosphatidyl Complexes(phosphatidyl choline, phosphatidyl inositol and phosphatidyl serine) are the nutrients that fuel the brain’s processes. We don’t often think of the brain as a machine that needs to be fed. It does, and we can starve it too. You can find these nutrients in green foods and green food concentrates.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids are called ‘essential’ because our bodies don’t create them. To get them, we need to ingest them. Look for EFA’s with a higher DHA ratio. This means that the product contains more of the EFA’s that are brain/nervous system specific. You can get DHA rich products such as Udo’s Oil – DHA. You can also plan to eat at least 1 meal of salmon or cold water fish during the week.
Multi minerals and trace minerals
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, underlying the brain function is the thyroid function (which they call the Triple Burner). The thyroid is nourished by trace minerals. A simple way of getting these valuable trace minerals is to include sea vegetables in the diet.
You don’t need to eat gobs, just small amounts added with regularity is great. When I make my homemade vegetable broth, I always pop a little Maritime dulse in with the vegetable peelings.
Feeding the Brain at Every Age
The challenge with the older mind is that it is always at rest. Even if we do enjoy some mental activity we tend to go down the highway in our neurology that we have already created.
Another way of looking at it is we get comfortable knowing what we know. We are uncomfortable being a beginner. So we avoid being challenged in that way.
The brain-body connection
What the brain learns, the body learns. What that body learns the brain learns. Taking up tennis or ballroom dance, or Tai Chi or badminton, will educate the body to re-wire the mind. Creating new neuro-pathways in the brain is how we stay younger. What that means is try something new.
This also means that by moving the body, we move the mind as well.
Learning is supposed to be fun
Let learning continue in the home, we are designed to learn through play and adventure. The young mind is constantly learning. Give your child time to let the brain rest. Our kids need personal unstructured time to relax and create. More play, more whole body movement. Let the body be intelligent too.
Cycles of 7
According to Rudolph Steiner and the Theosophical Society, we humans learn in 7 year cycles. The Theosophists wanted to consider the cycles of the maturing soul. Waldorf schools follow this model of education, and are a popular alternative to public education.
So, here’s the thing:
When we take up something new, it takes 7 years to become a master at it. That means by age 49 we have the chance to master 7 things to excellence.
I can think of the first 3 easily. From birth to age 7 we master the use of our new physical body.
From the age of 8 to 14, we master the emotional body and explore relationships and emotional bonds.
From the age of 15 to 21 we master the mental body and explore the mind, symbolic language, and the world of creative concepts.
If we live at least the age of 70, we have 10 chances at getting great at just about anything we choose. There is a saying, that if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
We don’t challenge ourselves enough as we age. The second concern is that we don’t see the value of our lives and experience. We don’t see how each phase of life has its particular challenges and rewards. We worship youth when we ourselves don’t really trust the young to lead.
The young have something very valuable to teach us. Experience has something valuable to teach too, but only when we are equally curious, respectful and humble.
So the kids are going back to school. Hey grownups, what is on your learning list for the next 10 months? Let me know in the comments below.Nelda McEwen has been practicing as a Medical Intuitive in SW Ontario for over 25 years; counselling individuals and families, as well as offering her signature ICH training to other Medical Intuitives in the health field. Nelda’s professional research has been acknowledged and published in the Professional Kinesiology Practitioners Manual. The PKP program is recognized through the International Kinesiology College of Zurich Switzerland.