We have all heard, talked and raved about foods that can boost our brain power and keep our bodies happy too. These foods increase alertness, enhance memory, and even help with brain cell production. However, we can often willingly, and unknowingly, eat foods that can have an impact on our brain development. These foods (and food additives) can be toxic to our brain cells, affecting our alertness, memory, mood, and nervous system. The following are a few foods that can affect brain health (notice they are all man made!). Stick to a healthy, whole foods diet – your briain, and body, will thank you for it!
1. Grains, Except 100% Whole Grain
All sorts of grains have an impact on brain function and overall health, however, 100% whole grain is very rich and fiber and it is known to prevent arterial aging. If consumed regularly, the body is at higher risk of aging quickly and memory loss, or ‘brain fog’. Try swapping to complex carbohydrates – all you need to do is to opt for whole grain bread!
This may come as a surprise to many, but this “healthy food” can be harmful if consumed in large quantities. A 2008 study published in Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders found evidence that a high consumption of tofu is associated with memory loss, especially for those over 68. Although it is not entirely clear what effect soy products high in phytoestrogens have in the aging brain, they can heighten the risk of dementia and lower memory function.
3. Processed Meats
Meat is the richest source of high-quality protein, however, processed meats such as hot dogs, salami and sausages can have negative effects. Unlike the natural proteins that help your body insulate the nervous system, processed meats do exactly the opposite. Opt for oily fish (especially tuna and salmon), dairy, walnuts and seeds as these are natural, high-quality protein sources.
If you’re constantly seeking a sugar rush, you could be putting your mental health in danger. Consuming high amounts of sugar over a long period of time can cause neurological problems ranging from memory loss to the ability to learn. Too much sugar in the blood can slow down your brain cells’ use of insulin to break down sugar and help process thoughts and emotions. “The body’s ability to monitor this is usually handled by insulin but if consumption of sugar is too high, inflammation encroaching on the brain will happen at some point,” ~ Mentore.
5. Artificial Sweeteners
Often, people will replace sugar with artificial sweeteners. It is true that artificial sweeteners contain less calories, however, they can actually do more harm than good! If used for an extended period of time, artificial sweeteners can cause brain damage and interfere with your cognitive capacity, especially if you use high amounts of sweetener.
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Stick to whole foods that nourish your body! Think colourful fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, whole grains and high quality meat. Keeping your body happy and healthy will also keep your brain at it’s best, during your hard working days and later in life. Most of all – enjoy your food! Life is to be loved!
Content from http://www.fitnea.com/ and http://www.medicaldaily.com/