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School stress impairs the success of learning

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School stress impairs the success of learning

Tips for children with learning deficits

We all know this from our own experience: We can listen more actively, think better and even find constructive solutions more quickly when we are relaxed and serene than when we are stressed. Our attention and our ability to listen actively are therefore important prerequisites for taking in and reacting actively to new signals and messages. In psychology, this ability is called “learning”, regardless of whether the contents are meaningful or apparently worthless.

Our children are in exactly the same situation at school. If the kids are relaxed and serene, they will listen better and with more concentration, and they will be more prepared to absorb new learning contents. In the brain, this “dual condition” presents itself as an interaction between relaxing and activating neurotransmitters. Neuro-researchers recommend a more whole-food diet for children with learning deficits, because it promotes relaxation.

Many pharmacies recommend a bioformula called SuperMind for children and adolescents with learning deficits. This formula promotes the production of both relaxing and activating neurotransmitters equally, so that active listening and active thinking are supported in a natural way.

 

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Our nutritional researcher Mag. Barbara Lehner about the right diet and important nutrients for children with learning deficits:


My child has concentration problems, is restless. How can I help it with the right diet?

LEHNER: Choline and inositol are important for our nervous system. Both these substances are needed for synthesis of the elastic nerve pathways and ensure that information is transmitted quickly in the brain. Nerve pathways could be compared with electric wiring: the better insulated and more elastic that it is, the better the electricity is transmitted. Choline is also the source material for production of the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This transmitter is like a switch that allows us to switch from stress to relaxation - and thus makes recreational phases possible.

Why do children need this nutrient complex?

LEHNER: A regular and balanced supply of micronutrients is very important for a child’s organism in order to allow it to develop optimally. There are also other important “little nutrient helpers” for the nerve metabolism, such as B vitamins, zinc and magnesium. A nutrient deficit quickly leads to fatigue, concentration problems and learning deficits, and often also to physical restlessness - hyperactivity - and mood swings in children.

Your tips for the right snack?

LEHNER: Many people give their children industrially processed foods with a high sugar content. However, the ideal school snack would be a balanced, colourful mixture of regional fruit, vegetables or whole-grain products. And an adequate fluid supply in the form of water or highly diluted fruit juice is particularly important.

Is food supplementation good for children?

LEHNER: A recent observational study with the nutrient formula SuperMind® for memory and concentration, specifically designed for the needs of growing children, presented encouraging results. In cooperation with paediatricians, the preparation was given to children with learning deficits and concentration problems: The parents’ subjective assessment showed a marked improvement of attention and a reduction of restlessness and hyperactivity. Temper tantrums and inattention were reduced with SuperMind®. The preparation also led to an increase in endurance.

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