According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Your brain is directly impacted by the type of lifestyle you choose to lead, and leading a healthy one will likely radically reduce the occurrence of brain farts, not to mention keep your brain functioning at its best.”
The Standard American Diet contains alot of bad brain food, such as: sugar, fatty meats, cream and whole milk, lard or shortening, butter, preservative filled junk foods or processed foods, alcohol and caffeine. These foods spike sugar levels, clog your arteries, block absorption of good omega 3 fats, calcium , B vitamins, zinc, potassium and iron.
On the positive side, good brain food can restore clear mental brain function. Cold water fish like yellowfin tuna, salmon, mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids the brain needs. Colorful fruits and vegetables protect the brain from free radical damage. Fiber rich whole grain foods support the brain with healthy blood pressures and low cholestrol levels. Nuts such as walnuts, flaxseed and almonds have omega 3 fatty acid the brain needs. Even organic grass fed lean meats is a protein loaded with amino acids.
Mercola added , ” My top lifestyle recommendations for a healthy brain include:
- Take omega-3 fats. The omega -3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain, and increase cerebral circulation. Krill oil is an excellent source of omega-3, and in my opinioin is superior to fish oil because of its higher brain absorption and inherent protective antioxidants.
- Exercise. Exercise may encourage your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections and protecting them from damage.
- Sleep well. It’s during sleep that your mental energy is restored, and a lack of sleep may cause your brain to stop producing new cells.
- Eat healthy. Like the rest of your body, your brain depends on healthy foods to function. While protein is the main source of fuel for your brain, vitamins and minerals from fresh veggies are also important, as is limiting sugar.
- Get out into the sun. This will help you maintain optimal vitamin D levels. Scientists are now beginning to realize vitamin D is involved in maintaining the health of your brain, as they’ve recently discovered vitamin D receptors in your brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. There’s even evidence indicating vitamin D improves your brain’s detoxification process. For children and pregnant women, getting enough vitamin D is especially crucial, as it may play a major role in protecting infants’ brains from autism.
- Turn off your TV. Allowing children under the age of 3 to watch television can impair their linguistic and social development, and it can affect brain chemistry as well.
- Protect your brain from cell phones. Recent studies have found that cell phone users are 240 percent more prone to brain tumors, and a study in 2004 found that your risk of acoustic neuroma (a tumor on your auditory nerve) was nearly four times greater on the side of your head where your phone was most frequently held.
- Avoid foods that contain artificial sweeteners and additives. Substances such as aspartame (Nutrasweet), artificial color and MSG, which are common in processed foods, can damage your brain. For instance, consuming a lot of aspartame may inhibit the ability of enzymes in your brain to function normally, and high doses of the sweetener may lead to neurodegeneration.”