What To Eat In Order To Power Your Brain
If you don’t pay attention to what you eat, your mind will suffer the consequences. The brain is susceptible to oxidative damage because it has a high metabolic load and oxidisable material. Diet is one of the main ways we can alleviate damage via this degeneration.
The first step is to simply eat whole, real and fresh food. Buy organic, local and unprocessed — go figure.
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables — they are all full of phytonutrients — they are anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants and will increase your energy.
So what specific foods should you consume to fuel your brain?
Green tea has been proven to improve alertness, performance, focus and even memory.
Blueberries are symbolic of good health. What some don’t know is that many of the benefits are specific to the brain.
Raw cacao is great for you. Chocolate is only unhealthy when it’s backed with refined sugars.
Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by certain plants. It’s the active chemical in turmeric which has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier. When this chemical reaches the cells in the brain it:
Eat grass-fed butter as your source of saturated fat and avoid margarine at all costs.
Organ meats are packed full of nutrients. With large amounts of b-12 and essential nutrients for cholesterol metabolism.
Don’t avoid carbohydrates completely. Eat slow carbs – these will release sugar into your blood more gradually.
Your brain is made 60% from fat – a significant amount of that fat is DHA, one of the omega 3 fatty acids.
This comes from algae and fish.
Dietary omega-3 fatty acids affect synaptic plasticity and cognition.
What we should not be avoiding in our diets, contrary to common belief, is fat.
Saturated fat isn’t a problem unless you’re inflamed, only then is it a problem — inflammation is caused by sugars, processed and refined carbohydrates.
Include healthy fats, preferably polyunsaturated fats.
Eat probiotic foods such as kimchi
Avoid processed meats.
Supplement with B vitamins (6,12,9), zinc, creatine, Vitamin D, E and C.