Why should we be concerned about eating "Brain food"?
What we are really talking about here is proper nutrition which will enhance our cognitive function, and our mental processes generally - such as perception, reasoning and judgment. Proper nutrition is critical to our mental health.
Lack of proper nutrients will often leave us feeling less alert and mentally fatigued or foggy. No wonder a drink of water or a nutritious snack can perk us up and make us feel better.
There are a few words we need to be familiar with and understand as we begin talking about brain food and nutrition for the brain. I have tried to supply a definition as well as foods in which the chemical is found. Understanding these definitions will help us understand why the listed foods are considered good for the brain.
With these things in mind, let's get on with the foods and herbs that feed our brains (brain food) that will keep us sharp and help us grown mentally.
Here's a list of brain food. For a list of herbs follow this link.
Many foods contain nutrients that nourish our brains. Actually, healthy, nutritious food helps not only our brain, but every system in our bodies.
The idea really isn't to find foods that are particularly high in antioxidants or that contain choline (a neurotransmitter that plays a key role in cognition and reasoning), but rather to find balance and create a lifestyle of healthy eating. Balance is essential, especially balancing proteins, good fats, and good carbohydrates. If we do this, everything else falls together.
By doing this we will not only improve our brain health by eating brain food, but we will improve the performance of all of our critical body systems.
Water. The first brain food we will mention is water. Because your brain is 80% water, it is important that adequate water is consumed to keep the brain hydrated.
Inadequate amounts of water intake results in dehydration and makes it impossible for the neurons to function properly. It can also result in the production of stress hormones. Drink 8 or 9, 8 oz. glasses of water a day. See the page on drinking water for an easy formula for how much water you need. This will make sure there is an adequate flow of water in and out of the brain to allow for proper functioning.
Now, here is a list of other brain food that has been proven to nourish our brains.
Be sure to go see what herbs work wonderfully as brain food.
Bad Food. One more thing we need to talk about is foods to avoid. These foods are not brain food and do not nourish our brains, but rather do serious damage. They include:
I hope this list of brain food helps. The quest of reaching old age without dementia or Alzheimers disease is a real one. We should protect our brains to the best of our abilities.
"If you look at the anatomy, the structure, the function, there's nothing in the universe that's more beautiful, that's more complex, than the human brain!" - Keith Black
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