10 Tips To Getting Better Grades Naturally

Laura Bonetzky-Joseph, R.M.T., R.M.A., Holistic Health Professional, Adjunct Instructor
Laura Bonetzky-Joseph, R.M.T., R.M.A., Holistic Health Professional, Adjunct Instructor | Source

We have all been told eating right and getting a good night sleep can lead to better grades in school, but is that enough? There has been a steep increase use of stimulants such as caffeine and energy drinks and medications on children. However, there are natural ways to improve grades the "natural way" without these.

Ten Tips to improve grades in school naturally:

  1. Positive Attitude from the parents can improve homework completion. Remember children do what they see, so be what you want your children to be.
  2. Stay away from foods such as high fructose syrup, soda, and saturated fats. The foods have not only been shown to alter moods, but can lead to long term health problems such as diabetes and obesity.
  3. Stay away from foods toxic to your system. Toxic foods has been shown to be linked to such conditions as ADHD, Autism, Obesity, Chronic Fatigue, Digestive Problems, and Headaches.
  4. Get plenty of sleep ~ Ideally 8-10hrs. When the body is at rest, it allows for the body to repair itself and relax both the body and mind. Getting enough sleep has also been studied showing the importance of sleep and school performance. Lack of sleep has also been linked to stress and the increase of health problems.
  5. Get up early. Getting up early allows you to have a good healthy breakfast, complete unfinished tasks and time to let your brain wake up. Studies show good morning nutrition can boost school performance.
  6. Incorporate daily meditation practices. Meditation has been one of the most scientifically studied alternative modalities. It can help de-clutter the brain and allow for better focus. Thus, help boost school performance. Meditation has also been shown to be the preferred choice alternative treatment for conditions such as ADHD.
  7. Limit over scheduling - Over scheduling can be very overwhelming both for parents and children. It can also lead to increased stress. So limit after school commitments to one.
  8. Take time to breathe - Sometimes we forget to breathe during times of high stress. Whenever things begin to feel like they are "too much to handle". Stop what you are doing. Pause and take a deep breath.
  9. Communicate - Today's fast paced lifestyles have limited communication to social media such as Facebook or tv. Take a moment and build relationships with your children while also listening to them.This also includes building skills in problem solving, the ability to ask questions, and an awareness of others.
  10. Eat a well balanced diet- Eating more whole foods and grains can improve brain power, efficiency, and lower health risks for diseases such as HBP, Heart disease, diabetes just to name a few.

Resources:

1. New Research Shows Transcendental Meditation improves standardized academic achievement by Ken Chowkin 3/21/11
2. Food and Environmental Sensitivities; South Shore Holistic Health
3. Food Sensitivities; How Healthy Foods We Love Became Toxic To My Family; HubPages; Laura Bonetzky-Joseph

4. Academic achievement and transcendental meditation: a study with at-risk urban middle school students. by: Sanford Nidich, Shujaa Mjasiri, Randi Nidich, Maxwell Rainforth, James Grant, Laurent Valosek, Walter Chang, Ronald L. Ziglar. Spring 2011.
5. Positive Parent's Attitude Can Help Kids Get Homework Done; National Institutes for Health; By Robert Preidt; Sept 10, 2011
6. What is Meditation? Blogger; By Laura Bonetzky-Joseph; MedSpa New England, LLC, 2009
7. Nutritional Status and Health; Spectracell & South Shore Holistic Health

8. The Transcendental Meditation Organization; Research At a Glance;
9. East Meets West; Meditation Quick Facts; Hubpages; By Laura Bonetzky-Joseph; 2011
10. The Role of Sound Nutrition and Physical Activity in Academic Achievement; By California Healthy Kids.org
11. Lack of Sleep Hurts Kids Academic Performance: Study; Healthfinder.gov; US Dept Of Health & Human Services; Sept 15, 2011

© 2011-2013 Laura Bonetzky-Joseph. All RIghts Reserved. This information is for general educational uses only. It may not apply to you and your specific medical needs. This information should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation with or the advice of your physician or health care professional. Communicate promptly with your physician or other health care professional with any health-related questions or concerns. This article does not share the opinions of Healing With Spirit , Massachusetts Survivors Outreach, any of the places that employ Laura, places where she volunteers, or their affiliates. Be sure to follow specific instructions given to you by your physician or health care professional.

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