Believe it or not, the brain uses up to 20% of a person's daily calorie intake. Whether your child is crunching numbers on an exam or scoring a goal on the soccer field, sufficient energy is required to help make her day a success. Follow these five tips to give her all the energy she needs:
Rest is Best
School-age kids need nine to 12 hours of sleep to recharge their bodies, so be sure to set a fixed bedtime for your child. That being said, involve him in planning his bedtime ritual, including what time he should be asleep and what pre-bedtime activities he can do to wind down.
Good Fuel, Good Energy
Carbohydrates are the body's preferred energy source, but not all carbs are created equal. Limit your child's intake of sugary and highly-processed treats. Instead, feed her plenty of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits, which are great sources of complex carbohydrates.
Just a Little Sunshine
Boosting your child's energy can be as simple as letting him get some sunshine. A study found that vitamin D can improve the function of the mitochondria, the so-called powerhouse inside our cells. And since the human body naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, let him have some fun under the sun through exercise and playtime.
Did you know that even mild dehydration can decrease energy levels and negatively impact performance? That's why it's very important that your child gets the recommended 1.5 liters of water a day for optimal health and vitality.
Energy in a Glass
Another great idea is to give your child MILO with ACTIV-GO. It contains PROTOMALT®, a barley extract that contains complex carbohydrates. MILO with ACTIV-GO is also fortified with six vitamins and three minerals that aid in the energy-metabolism process. Your young champ needs these nutrients to help energize both mind and body.