Is There a Link Between What Your Child Eats and the Grades They Make?

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Diet can play a major role in creating and exacerbating behavioral issues, irritability, and even hyperactivity—which all affect school performance, especially in students with difficulties.

That’s according to Dr. Robert Melillo, the co-founder of Brain Balance Achievement Centers—a holistic, drug-free approach to addressing behavioral, social, or learning difficulties in kids.

To enhance school success, Dr. Melillo recommends cutting 4 ingredients out of your child’s diet—especially if they have difficulties:

Hyperactivity and dairy are linked—some children with ADHD act out more after eating products like milk and cheese. Dr. Melillo says cutting dairy out can help fight irritability, depression, and anxiety.

Gluten is another food trigger associated with negative behavior like hyperactivity, irritability, and aggressiveness in kids with difficulties. Cut out foods such as breads, cereal, and crackers.

According to the FDA, dyes, which are found in most processed foods, can exacerbate inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity in kids with difficulties. In fact, synthetic dyes are banned in many countries, including the UK.

They contain antibiotics that have a negative affect on the “good” bacteria in your gut responsible for essential tasks like extracting energy from food. So going organic will help your child’s body—and brain—function more effectively.

Parents who think their child might have a social, behavioral, or learning difficulty can take this simple online assessment:

After years of helping children with behavioral and social challenges, the experts at Brain Balance have developed a cutting-edge (and drug-free) program combining sensory motor stimulation, academic stimulation, and nutrition to correct brain imbalance and improve achievement.


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