Life Stages Approach

We seek to educate about optimal nutrition for brain development and health across the lifespan. For each life stage we drill down into the science behind particular challenges, key nutrients and important considerations to bear in mind. Explore the life stages below to access guidance on dietary changes and lifestyle measures to support your mental health at every age.

Note references to research can be found in our Evidence Database.


The time period surrounding pregnancy are highly important for the promotion of brain health across the lifespan. Evidence suggests that the most sensitive windows for nutrition are…

Infancy (0-3)

The infancy (0-3) lifestage is a time of rapid transition, growth and change, particularly for developing infant’s brains.

Childhood (4-11)

Childhood is an important period of brain maturation, involving the shaping of cognitive function and resilience across the lifespan. Key risk factors, barriers to change and nutrition and lifestyle s

Teenager (12-17)

Adolescence is a time of transition and change and of greater and increasing independence. During this important period of development, a healthy, varied diet is important to ensure that a nutrient de

Young Adult (18-30)

Young adults experience a lot of change. We look at brain development in general, as well as student life and potentially becoming a young parent.
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Middle Age (30-50)

This life stage is largely characterised by progressions in careers and settling down.

Older Adult (50-70)

Older adults (defined here as between the ages of 50-70 years old) are at increased risk of cognitive decline compared to their younger counterparts.

Senior (70+)

This can be a life stage where there is an increased risk of chronic illness and related disability, and memory loss, as demonstrated in dementia, as well as loneliness.