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Brain development in Children

Mental health problems seen in children are on the rise and although this is down to various factors, nutrition plays a very important role.


The early years from conception to age six have the most important influence of any time in the life cycle on brain development and subsequent learning, behaviour and health. 


A young child's brain develops through stimulation of the sensing pathways (e.g. seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting) from early experiences. 


The effects of early experiences on the wiring and sculpting of the brain's billions of neurons... last a lifetime. 


Good nutrition and nurturing support affects early brain and physical development as well as later learning and behaviour.


All nutrients are important for brain growth and function. However, the following nutrients are essential during early development:


protein

carbohydrates

long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids

choline

iron

copper

zinc

vitamin A

B vitamins

vitamin C

vitamin D

iodine

selenium



Failure to optimise brain development during the first three years can result in long-term consequences to their adult mental health.

Nutrition is one significant way to optimise early brain development. It is especially important for children as it is what helps build a strong foundation for the rest of their lives.


When you start nutritional therapy, I can help you learn the best ways to support your child’s brain development. No matter your child’s age there is always so much we can do to support them nutritionally. I take a personalised, realistic and in depth approach. Please contact me for more information if you are interested.