From Fork to Tummy to Brain

So often we hear about the foods we shouldn’t be eating, and while it is true many foods have attributes that don’t promote health, there are many foods that promote proper function. Our brains require a tremendous amount of supportive nutrition to maintain optimal function. Without appropriate nutrients brain function is impaired and we experience changes in mood, anxiety, focus, concentration and memory. The beauty of food is that you have control over the foods that land on your plate, meaning you have the power to improve your brain function.

Let’s summarize some of the concepts related to ideal brain function, starting with what your brain needs and ending with what compromises function.

You Need

  • Healthy, happy and balanced gut bacteria

  • To address personal food sensitivities and intolerances
  • To identify and treat chronic intestinal infections
  • High fiber intake

  • Proper digestive function to break down food and assimilate nutrients

  • Food-based antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Minerals, specifically magnesium and zinc

  • Adequate protein

  • Organic foods

  • Vitamin D from sunshine

  • B vitamins

  • An environment in the body of controlled inflammation

You Don’t Need

  • Hydrogenated oil, known as trans fats

  • Fried foods

  • Added sugar

  • Refined flour

  • Excessive animal fats from grain-fed animals

  • Excessive omega-6 fatty acids from processed foods

  • Exposure to mercury and other heavy metals

  • A sedentary lifestyle

  • Excessive alcohol intake

  • Poor sleep hygiene, poor quality sleep or inadequate sleep

  • Prolonged periods of stress

Observe the balance of your current diet and habits. Described here is a comprehensive approach that can be gradually incorporated into your lifestyle. Where would you like to start?

Photo Credit: Nature, Special Issue, Human Microbiota

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