Brain Foods

Brain Foods
Author George Elliott wrote:                                                                                       “No man can be wise on an empty stomach!”                                                      While no single food can make you brilliant, good nutrition is
important. The Brain is a hungry organ, needing a steady supply of nutrients. It’s a buzz with electrical impulses, neurotransmitters and electrolytes that help relay messages.

The Brain preferred energy source is glucose, which is found in carbohydrates foods, such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, milk and fruit. Include carbohydrate foods in most of your meals and snacks.
Eat Smart for a Healthier Brain There is no denying that as we age chronologically, our body ages right along with us. But research is showing that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into old age if you were to add these ‘Smart’ foods to your daily eating regimen.

Smart Foods:

1. Blueberries also known as ‘Brain Berries’WSpic18

Dr Ann Kulze recommends adding at least 1 cup of blueberries a day in any form, fresh, frozen or freeze dried.

2. Wild Salmon (not farmed)

images4IVLRBI4Dr Ann Kulze recommends 2 to 3 times a week. The other fish that provide the benefits of omega 3 are sardines and herring.

 

3. Nuts and Seedsuntitled

A good source of Vitamin E, include walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, cashew, peanuts, sunflower seeds, flax seed to your eating plan.

4. Avocado imagesCT1EZ2JH

Are great at promoting Brain health, true the avocado is a fatty fruit but it is a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow, and a healthy blood flow means a healthy Brain, avocados also reduce blood pressure which also promotes Brain health. Avocado is high in calories but just include a half or a quarter to ones daily meal as a side dish.

5. Whole GrainimagesCENQ4KGA

Such as oatmeal, whole grain breads and brown rice can reduce the risk of heart disease. Every organ in the body is dependent on blood flow, whole grains promotes good blood flow to the organ system, which includes the Brain.

Your Brain needs a range of nutrients to function properly. Evidence suggests that a healthy, balanced diet may help in maintaining Brain health and functionality but more research is needed to understand if there are specific foods that may be able to reduce the risk of dementia.

Several studies have found that a high intake of saturated fats, such as those found in meat, deep fried foods and fast foods and trans fats often found in pies, cakes, biscuits and buns are associated with an increased risk of dementia. So what you eat could affect your Brain! An eating plan that includes a higher intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats or ‘good fats’, such as those found in avocado, fish and olive oil, is associated with a reduced risk of dementia. Foods that are high in antioxidants such as tomatoes, kidney beans, pecan nuts, cranberries, blueberries and oranges also seem to be good for Brain health. The omega 3 fatty acids, such as those contained in oily fish and walnuts, may reduce inflammation in the Brain and promote the growth of new Brain Cells. Some studies have shown an association between higher fish consumption and lower dementia risk.
Follow the national dietary guidelines by eating a variety of foods including vegetables, fruit, fish, grains, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and lean meat. Reduce foods high in saturated fats including full fat dairy products, fried food and deserts.

weight lossLet me leave you with this thought

” Every time you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it”