Nutrition and Behavioral Health
If you are a parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety or depression, ensuring that they get proper nutrition can positively impact their mental and behavioral health.
In fact, studies have found that certain nutrients and foods can improve behavior, encourage children to be more communicative and relieve some gastrointestinal conditions.
How Nutrients and Food “Feed” the Brain
The brain’s billions of nerve cells (neurons) must communicate effectively for our bodies to function normally.
Not getting the proper nutrients can lead to brain processing problems and may result in abnormal moods, thinking, perception or behavior.
A deficit of nutrients in either side of the brain can lead to food sensitivities, though it is much more common in a right-brain dysfunction
Meet Our Nutritionist
Shelly Xu, PLC Nutritionist
Shelly Xu manages Poppy Life Care’s Nutrition Program, which offers general nutrition information, instructional tips and recipes for healthy foods to improve behavioral health. Shelly has a background in traditional Chinese medicine and combined modern and traditional Chinese medical therapy in the treatment of neuro-system diseases and psychiatric diseases while serving as a Resident Doctor in the Nanjing Brain Hospital in China. She conducted nutrition analyses for CKE Restaurants Holdings in California, and received her Master’s degree from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Chapman University. Prior to joining Poppy Life Care, Shelly was a Food Technologist for Blue Pacific Flavors & Fragrances Inc. in the City of Industry, California.