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Do you want your kids to succeed at school? … Kids only want to do well and sometimes all they need are some simple tools.  To improve academically, here we discuss basic nutrient considerations and being organized at school.


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Academic Nutrition Lifestyle 

Academic Nutrition and Mental Performance

Here I have expanded on the previous October 2013 blog on academic performance which covered study habits for life, right brain copper dominance, heavy metals (such as lead), and B-vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition is Number One in Academic Performance

Nutrition is paramount for academic success because the human brain requires adequate nourishment to work efficiently.  A brain that has healthy cell function and adequate materials to make neurotransmitters (brain cell communication molecules) on demand will perform well mentally.

Basic Brain Diet principles can provide you with the essential nutrients to improve thought processing.

Tasty and nutritious recipe ideas are an essential part of maintaining optimal mental performance.

More complex issues may be culprit and of the possible problems that can occur we see about 15 common syndromes associated with poor brain function that may need to be addressed via supplemental nutrients and/or adrenal and thyroid treatment.

Handling Stress in an Academic Environment

Excess stress is counter-productive so looking at the nutrient aspects of stress may be helpful.  Mineral deficient stress can be a big problem from an academic perspective.  Adrenal burnout is also associated with academic stress.

Getting Organized for an Academic Year

Being organized can eliminate academic stress.  It usually takes only a small amount of time to get organized, time well spent.  Benefits include having more time, being less stressed and getting better grades.

The key to getting organized is to:

  1. Schedule
  2. Avoid Procrastination
  3. Organizing Your Things


Make a daily “To Do” list and stick to it.  This can be done at the end or at the beginning of the day.

Not Procrastinating

Get in the habit of doing homework as soon as you get home rather than putting it off.

Organizing Your Things

Pack your binders, text books, etcetera, the night before so you don’t forget anything.  Keep your back pack neat and organized so you can find things.

Take one of these three areas that you need to work on and make it happen; brainstorming ideas with others on how to improve can really help.