Covering the Basics and Avoiding Common Mistakes
It ain’t that complicated! We need to get our macros right, make smart choices and avoid common mistakes in order to choose the best foods for our body and brain. There are some great suggestions here and you certainly don’t need to adhere to all of them, but do what you can to promote benefits in your lifestyle. Let’s keep these 7 easy rules in check and compare them against past behaviors:
1. FAT for the Brain
60% of your brain is made up of fat (incredible, right?), so the kind of fat that you need to consume has to be of a very high quality. Your brain is especially fond of omega-3 fats, but it also needs omega-6 fats. These essential fats are very delicate and prone to damage, so you need to consume an undamaged blend. You can find them in fatty fish like Salmon and Trout, my favorites!
2. You water the plants? Water the Brain too!
The largest component in your body is water. Do I need to continue…? Drink up! I recommend at least 8 glassfuls a day, but drink what makes you feel good.
3. Your Brain Loves PROTEIN
Protein is important not just for building muscle, but also for keeping your neurons talking effectively. Not getting enough may affect your ability to concentrate and detriment your cognitive thinking. Protein should be organic if it comes from an animal, but may also be consumed from legumes, especially dark green leaves, for those who are vegetarian.
4. Greedy CARBY Brain
The Brain needs a steady supply of good quality carbohydrates, it uses more than any organ at any given day. Vegetables and low-sugar fruit provide good, fresh sources of carbohydrates for sustained energy production, while processed and refined carbohydrates provide short-term energy fixes. I’d stick with the former.
Choose whole grains and legumes for sustained energy release too, and your brain will enjoy optimal energy supply. A wide variety of fresh produce will also supply vitamins and minerals that your brain needs to function optimally. So don’t forget about micronutrients!
5. Coffee? How about changing it up?
Caffeine supplies a quick rush of energy to your brain, because it stimulates the release of adrenaline. This makes you feel energetic to start with, but this soon wears off, leaving you in need of another “fix”. Try one of the great herbal teas available, or opt for plain old-fashioned water, with a dash of lime. Most people don’t need another stress kick, and this is exactly what coffee provides.
6. Listen to your Body
If you are intolerant to any food, such as wheat or dairy, your brain will battle to stay alert and focused. This will of course affect your memory negatively. Researchers are still working on exactly why food intolerance affects the brain so negatively, but if you suspect you may be intolerant to a specific food, leave it out of your diet for a couple of weeks, and see how you feel. Interestingly, the foods that you crave are often the ones that don’t agree with you, as they produce an addictive-like response in your body. So, if you think you can’t live without it, the chances are your body – and brain – can do without it.
7. Avoid Processed Foods
Check the labels on the foods that you are eating. If you eat lots of fresh produce there are no labels, but there are additives in tinned and processed foods that may be causing harm to your body and brain. Many additives are simply present in the product to make the product shelf-stable, thus avoiding any loss of income for the manufacturer.
Which tip are you most looking forward to implementing?
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