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The Connection Between Gut Health, Food And Behaviour | Ep 165
Episode 16520th April 2024 • Don't Wait For Your Wake Up Call! • Melissa Deally
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Join me for an enlightening discussion with Ann Metcalfe as we explore the profound connection between our children's gut health and their learning and behavior. 🧠🍎 Discover how the foods we consume impact the delicate balance of our gut microbiome, and the surprising statistics behind the rise of sugar in our modern diets compared to generations past.

Delve into eye-opening insights as we uncover the staggering amounts of sugar hidden in everyday foods and beverages, particularly those commonly consumed by children. 🥤💡 Ann also shares compelling findings from a UK study highlighting the transformative effects of healthy school lunches on academic performance.

Drawing from her extensive experience as an educator of over 20 years, Ann offers invaluable perspectives on the classroom dynamics shaped by children's dietary habits.

Don't miss out on this enriching conversation filled with practical tips and actionable insights to nurture your child's well-being and academic success. Tune in now! 🎧✨ #GutHealth #NutritionForKids #HealthyEating #ParentingTips #EducationInsights


Episode Summary

Introduction @ 0:00

Ann and Melissa discuss the importance of gut health and how food impacts children's behavior, learning, and health.

Gut health importance @ 1:15

Our gut microbiome processes food and communicates with our brain and immune system. Proper gut function is vital for overall wellness.

Factors impacting gut health @ 3:20

Environmental toxins, processed foods, added sugars in baby foods and lack of nutrients negatively impact the gut. This influences mental processes and health.

School study on food and performance @ 9:17

A UK study found that providing healthy school lunches versus usual lunches led to a 14% reduction in absences and significant improvements in English and science.

Food impact on behavior and learning @ 10:00

Ann shares examples of hyperactive children in her classroom and lack of focus. Sugar consumption causes behavioral issues and impacts learning.

Teacher observations in the classroom @ 11:00

Ann notices differences between schools that restrict sugary snacks. Mindfulness and healthy foods improve student behavior and engagement.

Supporting children's health at home and school @ 21:40

The discussion offers guidance on addressing perceived ADHD through diet changes, talking to children and teachers, and considering other factors like vision and energy sensitivities.

Conclusion and resources @ 51:31

The conversation emphasizes supporting child and family health through diet, advocacy and compassion. Resources are provided to empower positive changes.


Links to other episodes mentioned in this show:

Episode 100 – Sheree Wertz = re: Mouth breathing and more

Episode 156 – Roudy Nassif = re: impact of light on sensitive people


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About the Guest:

Ann is a teacher, author, and advocate who conducts weekly FB conversations about Conscious Eating and Living aimed at awakening the rebel in us through knowledge. She is also a retired registered nurse. Ann encourages growing food ourselves, practicing mindfulness in our kitchens, and taking personal responsibility, we can achieve Whole Optimal Wellness. Our connection to the Earth and conscious eating are critical keys to peace and harmony in our lives. She recently became an Ageless Grace Educator, promoting a new and exciting Brain-Health fitness program.

About the Host:

Melissa is an Integrative Health Practitioner and a Board Designated Trainer of NLP, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnotherapy, helping people get to the root cause of their health issues and then get lasting results. Melissa neither diagnoses nor cures but helps bring your body back into balance by helping discover your “toxic load” and then removing the toxins. Melissa offers functional medicine lab testing that helps you “see inside” to know exactly what is going on, and then provides a personalized wellness protocol using natural herbs and supplements.  Melissa’s business is 100% virtual – the lab tests are mailed directly to your home and she specializes in holding your hand and guiding the way to healing so that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Melissa is the winner of the 2021 & 2022 Quality Care Award by Business From The Heart and is also the recipient of the Alignable “Local Business Person of the Year “Award 2022 for Whistler. 

Melissa has been featured at a number of Health & Wellness Summits, such as the Health, Wealth & Wisdom Summit, The Power To Profit Summit, The Feel Fan-freaking-tas-tic Summit, the Aim Higher Summit and many more! She has also guested on over 60 different podcasts teaching people about the importance of prioritizing our health and how to get started.




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