Making healthful food selections is very important at all ages. New medical evidence shows that what you feed your body directly affects your brain. A Brain healthful diet means low fat, low cholesterol selections along with a lot of anti-oxidant foods which are beneficial to the brain. Better nourishment will be good for your heart and your mind. While it’s most likely a wise idea of taking a daily multivitamin to give our body a little extra boost, popping a pill is no replacement for a well rounded, healthful diet. Studies show that all of us don’t get enough protein rich foods, and once we do consume protein it’s usually later in the day.
Doesn’t protein usually include fat, which is bad for you? Yes, but not all fats are created equal. While it’s true that we would like to limit the unhealthy fats which are found in red meats and animal products, you can replace these Bad fats with Omega-3 fatty acids – also called Essential fats – which help maintain the brain operating at its peak. Omega-3 fats are so important to a good diet that a serious lack of those good fats might lead to depression, poor memory, low IQ, learning disability, dyslexia, ADD and much more mental disorders. To make sure that your diet is rich in Omega-3 fats, eat plenty of oily, cold water fish like wild salmon, sardines, whitefish, trout, tuna, herring, sable fish, mackerel and anchovies.
Ask your physician if you should also take an Omega-3 supplement on a regular basis. Whilst the goal is to increase the Omega-3s in your diet, you also want to decrease the intake of trans fats – sometimes called trans fatty acids or hydrogenated vegetable oils. Found in many unhealthy foods, trans fats will pack on the pounds and provide absolutely no nutrition for your body. Carbohydrates that have been refined and processed are also considered a brain drain. Your body may benefit if you limit the Bad carbohydrates, like refined white sugar and high sugar sugared drinks. Foods with high sugar content also have a high glycemic index, which suggests they adversely affect the body by causing a spike and after that a sudden drop in the blood glucose and insulin levels.
So the next time you’re tempted to replace a muffin, donut or pastry for a healthful meal, keep in mind that your body and your brain both need top quality foods that provide fuel for the body and brain. The body does need Brain booster carbohydrates found in whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Your mother was right when she extolled the virtues of eating your vegetables. Even better advice is to consume both vegetables and fruits – with. Concentrate on a diet rich in fresh fruits and dark leaf vegetable and strive for at least 4-5 servings daily.