Diet & Nutrition

Although there isn't once specific diet that will boost your IQ score, it has been proven that a healthy diet will certainly aid anyone by maintaining the body and mind in optimal condition. Just like putting water in the gas tank of a Ferrari, bad foods impede proper physical and mental functioning. Your body needs balanced nutrition for maximum performance. Physical activity is also part of a healthy lifestyle. Adding to the example of the Ferrari, leaving a super-powerful sports car parked in the garage doesn't afford any opportunities for showing off all the wonderful capabilities the car possesses. A healthy body and a healthy mind complement one another and reciprocate benefits.

Books on Nutrition

No Whine With Dinner:
150 Healthy Kid-Tested Recipes from the Meal Makeover Moms
by Janice Newell Bissex

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet:
Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas
by Laura Fuentes

Brain Foods for Kids: Over 100 Recipes to Boost Your Child's Intelligence by Nicola Graimes

Smart Eating Smart Thinking: How I Boosted My Intelligence, Increased My IQ and Grew New Brain Cells By Changing My Food [Kindle Edition] by Asia Hawthorne

The New Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford

Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well) by Peter Kaminsky

Juicing Joy: With Fruits, Berries And Melons (Juicing Joy: The Natural Way To Health, Healing and Happiness) [Kindle Edition] by Oran Kangas

The Brain Diet: The Connection Between Nutrition, Mental Health, and Intelligence by Alan Logan

Kids Recipes:70 Of The Best Ever Big Book Of Recipes That All Kids Love....Revealed! (70 Of The Best Ever Recipes...Revealed!) [Kindle Edition] by Samantha Michaels

What, No Meat?!: What to Do When Your Kid Becomes a Vegetarian by Debra Poneman

Brain-Building Nutrition: How Dietary Fats and Oils Affect Mental, Physical, and Emotional Intelligence by Michael A. Schmidt Ph.D and Jeffrey Bland

Websites on Nutrition

The Paleo-Diet - whole foods, lean meat, raw fruits and veggies, just like ancient humans from the Paleolithic Age

Breakfast and Intelligence (a study with Iraqi children)

Comparing school lunches and averages packed lunches

Combating picky eating habits

Physical Activities

Many physical activities also promote mental strength. A few such exercises are given below, with links to resources included.

Learning to Climb Indoors by Eric Horst
Indoor rock climbing can help to build strength, resilience, and willpower.

Aikido (A Kid's Guide to Martial Arts) by Alix Wood
Aikido is a style of martial arts dedicated to preventing conflicts and ending fights. Aikido means the way to harmony with the spirit.

The Kids' Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games by Annie Buckley
Yoga is excellent for general fitness, promotes brain activity through crossing right and left lobes, and builds patience and flexibility.

Riding on the Autism Spectrum by Claudine Pelletier-Milet
Horseback riding can be especially good for kids with social difficulties.

The Official Spark Blog
Blog entry on building mental strength and countering childhood obesity.

4 Surprising Ways to Support a Child's Self-Regulation & Avoid Melt Down by Lindsey Lieneck
The art and physical expression of yoga combined with strategies to help kids with sensory difficulties (like hypersensitivity) is called Yogpeutics. Currently, this is only done in Austin, TX, but there are thousands of yoga classes for kids across the country.