Wits Guts Grit: All-Natural Biohacks for Raising Smart, Resilient Kids

By Jena Pincott
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8.52 Hours 04/10/2018 unabridged
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Wits Guts Grit is inspired by the many what-if questions acclaimed science writer and mother of two Jena Pincott asked herself as research on how the invisible forces that shape our minds and health has emerged and grown over the past decade.What if we identify the microbes that support stress resilience, find ways to expose our kids to them, and then test them?What if we reintroduce the mineral magnesium, deficient in almost every child’s diet? Would it reduce anxiety and increase bounce-back, as the science now suggests?What if memory and learning could improve measurably after eating certain foods—such as blueberries—high in plant chemicals called flavonols?What if primal ways of moving the body strengthen kids’ working memory and mental flexibility? What if receiving the right types of touch translates into better emotional control and self-regulation?These and many more questions led Pincott to simple, all-natural “biohacks”—or experiments inspired by current research and theory—complete with instructions on how to undertake them to help your own children strengthen their wits, guts, and grit. Explaining the science and her own experimentation with her two gung-ho daughters in a lively, humorous, accessible way, Pincott guides parents to learn how the underlying ingredients of the traits we all want for our kids—resilience, focus, perseverance, working memory, and more—may be all around us in the natural world, ready to be harnessed.

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Wits Guts Grit is inspired by the many what-if questions acclaimed science writer and mother of two Jena Pincott asked herself as research on how the invisible forces that shape our minds and health has emerged and grown over the past decade.

  • What if we identify the microbes that support stress resilience, find ways to expose our kids to them, and then test them?
  • What if we reintroduce the mineral magnesium, deficient in almost every child’s diet? Would it reduce anxiety and increase bounce-back, as the science now suggests?
  • What if memory and learning could improve measurably after eating certain foods—such as blueberries—high in plant chemicals called flavonols?
  • What if primal ways of moving the body strengthen kids’ working memory and mental flexibility?
  • What if receiving the right types of touch translates into better emotional control and self-regulation?

These and many more questions led Pincott to simple, all-natural “biohacks”—or experiments inspired by current research and theory—complete with instructions on how to undertake them to help your own children strengthen their wits, guts, and grit. Explaining the science and her own experimentation with her two gung-ho daughters in a lively, humorous, accessible way, Pincott guides parents to learn how the underlying ingredients of the traits we all want for our kids—resilience, focus, perseverance, working memory, and more—may be all around us in the natural world, ready to be harnessed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The brilliant Jena Pincott has done it again with Wits Guts Grit. A must-read for every parent, teacher, psychologist, social worker, pediatrician, and childcare provider. Five stars.” Louann Brizendine, MD, neuropsychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author
“Pincott taps into the science of what we eat, what we see, and what we can do to help make decisions for healthy and bright future generations…Will be a sought-after addition for any public library parenting collection.” Booklist
“Jena Pincott is a science writer who doesn’t just ask questions and search for answers, she also applies the best of what she learns in her life. This book is the result of an evident passion for sharing her applied knowledge, and it will no doubt influence many lives for the better. It’s a fantastic example of what I call ‘science-help’ in its truest form.” David DiSalvo, author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

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Author Bio: Jena Pincott

Jena Pincott has a background in biology and was once a production assistant for science documentaries at PBS. She is a former senior editor at Random House and the author of Success: Advice for Achieving Your Goals from Remarkably Accomplished People and Healing: Advice for Recovering Your Strength and Spirit from the World’s Most Famous Survivors. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Family & Relationships
Runtime: 8.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English