Eating for Smarter Brains

Eating for Smarter Brains

An insider’s guide to the most potent brain foods available at your local
supermarket.

Learning and growing smarter and
more aware isn’t always easy. It takes hard work, studying the latest findings
of whatever piques your interest, and a third ingredient that makes the other
two possible: food. But if you think all food is equal when it comes to
powering up your gray matter, think again. If you’re feeding your belly the
wrong foods, your brain may be paying the price.

How It Works

“Input, output, what goes in is
what comes out.” The old children’s song holds many truths, including the
fact that what foods go in your body affect what goes on in your brain and
ultimately comes out of you. Just like your heart, your brain requires lots of
oxygen to function properly. When oxygen-rich blood has a hard time getting to
your brain for one reason or another, it becomes difficult to process
information and remember events.

Other problems can also arise in the
brain due to your diet. One is the build up of free radicals. Free radicals are
damaged cells that roam free in your body and harm surrounding healthy cells.
The best protection against excessive free radicals is eating plenty of
antioxidants. If you don’t provide this protection, your brain can suffer as a
result.

Brain Food No-Nos

As if they weren’t seen in a bad
enough light, research has found trans-fats and saturated fats to have a bad
effect on your ability to think. So avoiding foods high in these fats will help
your heart stay healthy and your brain strong and ready to think for years to
come. Other foods to avoid for a stronger brain include fast food of all kinds
and anything that falls into the “junk food” category. In case you’re
wondering, that includes greasy potato chips and just about anything you’ll see
in the checkout aisle at the store.

On top of watching certain foods,
you should avoid eating too much of anything – good or bad. By eating extra
calories, the synapses in your brain that help you think can become less
flexible, reducing your ability to learn at your maximum potential. It can also
result in damage to damaged cells in your body, forming free radicals that have
no regard for what cells it damages, whether they’re located in your arm or
your brain.

Powered Up for Success

If you’re ready to beef up your
brain, eating the right foods is essential. By including the proper foods in
your diet, you enable yourself to learn better and enjoy better memory.

Foods that boost your brain’s
potential include the following:

  • salmon
  • walnuts
  • kiwi
  • blueberries
  • spinach
  • orange
    juice
  • strawberries
  • other
    foods with omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, and vitamin B

In addition to helping your
brainpower today, researchers have found that eating the right foods can also
help you ward off many frightening conditions, including dementia,
schizophrenia, depression, and mood disorders. Don’t eat these foods, and you
could actually be increasing your risk for these conditions and others. For the
most effective brain-boosting diet, try eating smaller food portions at each
meal, even if that means you have to consume more meals than the usual three a
day.

Live like the Japanese

Want to live a long and healthy
life, with your mental health in tact? Mimic the fish-eating folks living on
the Japanese island of Okinawa. Eating a fish-filled diet and participating
regularly in regular physical activity, the people of Okinawa enjoy some of the
world’s longest life expectancies, as well has having a much lower frequency of
Alzheimer’s, depression, and other mental disorders.

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About dkpilates

Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Personnel trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Don teaches Contemporary and the Authentic forms of Pilates, in the later 90's, Don began his study of Yoga. His study of Yoga includes the Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, and Astanga disciplines. His other areas of interest in fitness include Martial Arts, Spin, Boot Camp Training, and Weight Training. Don has extensive training and certifications from AFFA, IDEA, MadDog, B-Fit and Polestar. Don Continues his of Pilates education with Michelle Larson in Santa Fe New Mexico. His personal philosophy related to fitness is to aid students in a personalized balance of strength, stamina and flexibility. He is dedicated to design a program specifically for his students independent of the season of their life to create functional movement and help them reach their fitness goals.
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