Eat to Learn: The Food-Brain Connection

It’s not hard to imagine that how we eat is connected to how we learn. The more nutrient dense foods means the cells in our body function to their full capacity. If you’re like many of us, worried about how our hair looks, grows, or feels, the “Hairs to Your Health” campaign is about addressing your nutrient and hydration levels to support healthy tresses.  Nutrients are completely necessary for protein synthesis of hair, and if you’re nutrient deficient, your hair is the last thing your body is worried about.  Hair’s an interesting phenomena, to be addressed later, because no matter the income certain households are willing to spend 40 -50% of their income on hair care. Everyone’s a product junky. It’s like medicine for the hair, and everyone is looking for that magic pill.


But I recently stumbled across “The Fat Nutritionist” where the Hierarchy of Food Needs by Ellyn Satter was shared.


When we consider populations that are marginalized, we are often dealing with those subjected to systemic poverty and stereotype threat.  So not only is the MAIN priority solely having enough food, there’s also additional physiological effects on the brain. I mentioned how nutrients assist in the proper functioning of ALL cells in the body.  That includes brain cells.  But if you add on the fact that an individual’s performance can change by what they perceive others think, we start dealing with compounding issues.  Simply feeling that there are preconceived notions or lowered expectations, you’ll find research making clear connections to the effect on brain. It’s referred to as “stereotype threat.

While not all will feel that either of these play a factor in the academic performance of learners within marginalized populations, I say it’s definitely “Food for Thought.” It’s definitely nothing that an “Engineering Kind of Mind” can’t combat.


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