Dr. Shannon explains how you can provide proper nutrition to ensure your child’s mental health.
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Proper Nutrition to Ensure Your Child's Mental Health What Should Mothers Know About Providing The Correct Nutrition For Their Child’s Mental Health? Doctor Scott Shannon: Hi. I’m Scott Shannon. I’m an integrative child and adolescent psychiatrist and I’m currently assisting clinical professor at the University Of Colorado Department Of Psychiatry Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado. Well, what moms need to know is that all children need a broad mix of nutrients in their diet but some are particularly deficient in our current diet. Things like omega 3, essential fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, B6, these are vitamins that most children are not going to have adequate amounts and in spite of good diet, we need to look towards supplementation as a way to ensure that kids are getting the nutrients they need. I really believe that soda should have no role in a child’s diet. The first thing I do when I’m working with parents, mothers, is tell them eliminate the soda. It’s going to save you money and it may save their brain. The next thing is make sure they’re not getting caffeine from any source and this are energy drinks, power drinks, supplements because this will tend to promote problems with attention, problems with anxiety and even irritability and explosive temper. The next thing I like to get rid off is sugar in terms of very processed foods, sweets and try to really reduce and eliminate the excess sugar in a child’s diet. And then finally, I try to eliminate the dyes and preservatives in a child’s diet by moving away from processed foods and towards whole foods, fresh foods as much as possible.