May 19, 2010
February brings with it the nervousness and tension about the oncoming examinations. Long hours of daily preparation disturb the minds of adolescents. Lots of stress and irritation, spells of forgetting portions of syllabus usually take a toll on young brains. Mothers are especially worried about the right diet that will help their children to gain and retain the required energy. Let's try to provide some stress busting foods to our children during these trying days:
Oranges: When a child is under pressure, his/her vitamin C levels go down, leaving him/her vulnerable to illnesses. Children do like oranges and a glass full of orange juice during breakfast can do wonders to shed stress for any mind. Other than vitamin C, oranges also contain folic acid useful for proper brain development.
Spinach is known as a rich source of iron and calcium. It is very rich in Vitamin A which makes it beneficial for weak eyes. Any kind of strain on the eyes can be reduced to a great extent and the eye muscles can be made stronger by consuming spinach.
Water should be consumed in high quantities. Children should drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water keeps the body hydrated while providing nutrients for good health and growth.
Milk is the easiest medium to avail the benefits of calcium. Ideally, school children need about 600 milligrams of calcium everyday, which they can get by drinking two to three glasses of milk daily. Calcium deficiency can weaken children's' immunity to diseases and become a hindrance in their ability to learn.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods that can easily be seen on the shelf of any supermarket or grocery shop. Eating a raw egg is quite similar to consuming a good health tonic, whereas having boiled eggs is also equally beneficial. Chlorine, which forms an essential component of eggs, boosts memory power and brain functioning.
Curd : It is an important ingredient a child requires during stress. Consumption of curd has been associated with strengthening of the immune system. Curd is good for children who suffer from higher levels of cholesterol and thus reduces nervousness.