The brain regulates everything that happens in your body, but very little attention is given to keeping the brain healthy. Just like all other organs, the brain needs certain nutrients to operate at peak efficiency. Failure to provide these nutrients can result in a condition known as oxidative stress, the root cause of over 70 chronic degenerative diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and on, and on.
Drink plenty of water. 85% of the brain is water, you must consume enough water to keep the brain adequately hydrated. Six to eight glasses per day is recommended.
Note the amount of B vitamins in the diet, especially B6, B12 and folic acid. These vitamins breaking down an amino acid which is toxic to neurons. B vitamins also help produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the brain.
Keep diet rich in antioxidants. The body creates free radicals in response to pollution, over exposure to sunlight, pollution in food and water, stress and overmedication. Free radicals damage brain cells (and all other cells in its vicinity). Antioxidants not only neutralizes free radicals, they carry oxygen throughout the body. You must eat some every day.
Consume foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are concentrated in the brain and is associated with thinking, reasoning, attention and memory skills.
Make sure your diet contains the building blocks for neurotransmitters. Lack of these building blocks can be responsible for the onset of neurological and mental disorders. These building blocks are:
Fisetin, which stimulates pathways to enhance long-term memory. Food sources include strawberries, tomatoes, onions, oranges, apples, peaches, grapes, kiwifruit and persimmons.
Aspartic acid, found in peanuts, potatoes, eggs and grain.
Kolin is in liver, eggs and soybeans.
glutamic acid from flour and potatoes.
Phenylalanine comes from beets, soybeans, almonds, eggs, meat and grains.
Tryptophan from eggs, meat, milk, bananas, yogurt and cheese.
Tyrosine is found in milk, meat, fish and dried beans.
Train your brain. Just like every muscle in your body is your brain stronger and more effective use. Play memory games, read or do any activity that uses your brain. There are several sites on the internet that offer brain stimulating games. Try any of them. Just do a search for brain games.
Do further research on foods that contain nutrients in this article. More food sources for each are listed in the tips below to get started
Tips and Warnings
B6, B12 and folic acid sources :. Spinach and other dark leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, strawberries, melons, dried beans, citrus fruits, and soybeans
Antioxidant sources :. blueberries and other berries, sweet potatoes, red tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, green tea, nuts and seeds, citrus fruits and liver.
Omega 3 fatty acid sources: cold water fish like salmon, herring, tuna, halibut and mackerel, walnuts and walnut oil, flaxseed and flaxseed oil
Consult a physician. or healthcare practitioner before making any major changes in your diet and / or exercise.
Try to get all the nutrients you need from the food you eat is, they are metabolized more efficiently than most supplements.