I’m sure you’re familiar with the well used statement:: “Healthy mind, healthy body: healthy body, healthy mind.”
And just as a proper diet is good for your body, so it is for your brain.
And the foods that you eat, whether they’re considered “good” or “bad” can possibly influence your brain power.
Avoid that Brain Drain!
Your brain is the greediest organ in your body, with some quite specific dietary requirements. So it’s hardly surprising that what you eat can affect brain function. And like any other organ in your body, your brain also needs the correct fuel to run well. Sadly, proper nutrition for the brain is often overlooked by a fast paced lifestyle and often having to eat “on the go”.
Take for example, the effect of simple carbohydrates (such as processed flour and sugary foods) on your brain and body. These foods can cause a rush of sugar into your bloodstream, causing Insulin to be released. Insulin works hard to “mop up” all the excess sugar in your blood; trouble is, Insulin is a bit too helpful, and can cause blood sugar levels to fall. This is known as Hypoglycemia. But it doesn’t stop there. Hypoglycemia can cause the release of Adrenal Hormones: these hormones squeeze stored sugar from the liver, sending blood sugar levels back up. This is known as a “sugar high”. So the body goes on a blood sugar roller-coaster, with “sugar highs” and “sugar blues.” But it still doesn’t stop there, because the ups and downs of blood sugar and adrenal hormones may stimulate brain neurotransmitter imbalance, causing fidgetiness, irritability, lack of concentration, and even tiredness.
After all, people work hard to keep their body in good shape for as long as possible, so why not do the same for your brain?
Food for your Brain
Here is a list of my Top Five foods which may impact, and even possibly, double your brain power!
Possibly the number one food for brain health. Omega-3 oils, (or Omega-3 Fatty Acids) are Essential Fatty Acids necessary for human health. They are termed “Essential” because they cannot be produced by the body, and so must be obtained from your diet. Omega-3 oils are beneficial because they provide fluidity to cell membranes and advance communication between brain cells. They may help to boost learning power, but also greatly enhance mood. Foods rich in omega-3 oils include oily fish such as sardines, salmon and mackerel. Maybe fish is a “brain food” after all!
Vegetables and Legumes
Unlike processed flour which contains simple carbohydrates, vegetables and legumes contain complex carbohydrates which can supply your brain with a steady source of energy. These include soybeans, kidney beans, chick peas, and lentils.
Soya contains natural plant Oestrogens called Isoflavones.
They are thought to act on oestrogen receptors in the human brain, specifically those in the hippocampus, which we know is a crucial area for memory. As a result, new nerve connections may form more effortlessly. Medical trials have shown that persons fed a high Soya diet showed improvements in verbal and non-verbal memory and in mental agility. Good sources of Soya include Soya milk and Tofu.
Fruit such as Blueberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, Strawberries and Raspberries contain anti-oxidants. These help to rid your body of harmful free radicals produced during body cells changing oxygen into energy. Scientific Studies have shown that a good dietary intake of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables will radically reduce the risk of developing “Cognitive Impairment”.
Good news for chocolate lovers! Studies have suggested that eating milk chocolate may boost brain function. Substances like Theobromine, Phenethylamine and Caffeine, present in milk chocolate, can act as stimulants that may lead to increased mental performance.
So, the next time you feel tempted to eat that huge sticky donut, think about the upshot it might have on your brain as well as your body!
Lyn also reveals other methods in her Fun Brain book which may even help to Double your Brain Power!
The Breath of God
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I choose to believe that we are eternal, we are light, we are created from star ignitions so that or light will never dim. That’s what I hope, anyways infinity and eternity – the 2 concepts that never cease to boggle the human mind. In the grand scheme of things it’s really not that hard to do. I cannot wrap my consciousness around the question of existence. From a brain cell to a galaxy to a casual thought, to a dark passion – all stemming from one tiny point somewhere in the cosmos. Space itself is but a luxury we can’t afford to take for granted. Somewhere out there, maybe God dwells – the masters of energies. The one that transcends space and time, the one that lit the fuse and it all began. But through our human limitations we can’t see beyond what is placed before us. When the answers we seek are beyond our comprehension. God lies somewhere in that beyond. I struggle to know what that means and I can’t come up with a satisfactory answer. I lose perspective every time I try. And for us, perspective defines our reality. We struggle to understand the forces that guide the universe, yet we can’t understand the forces that guide our own selves. So does true understanding happen on the inside or on the outside? I guess no one really knows, though many claim to via religion or science. But what we see and hear and calculate and formulate is only the tip of the iceberg. I think there is a place, a long ways off from our understanding, where science and religion meet and merge as allies, as on entity, as the ultimate God. A place where the order of all things coincide and reconcile. But maybe these things are kept hidden from us because we are not ready for the truth. History has shown that truth can stare us in the face but we won’t see it until we’re ready. The truth may even be here now, just waiting to be discovered. Events realized before they happen. I sit and think and worry that the existence of God is an illusion, when I could be breathing God every time I fill my lungs. God could be the love I feel when I stroke a cat or the fear I feel when I take to the air. The desire to avoid the unnatural and search for the truth. The pleasure. The guilt. The joy. The sadness. Defies logic and yet embraces it. Relativity at its best.
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