Sunday, February 19, 2012

Four Things You Need For Brain Power

by Kris Pitcher

Small changes in our eating can make big changes when it comes to boosting our brain power. Get out of the fog and into your power zone with these four critical items.

According to John Gunstad, associate professor of psychology at Kent State University being overweight carries increased risk for memory problems. There's a good reason to stick with your program. Researchers aren't sure if it's the actual extra weight itself, or the consequential diseases that go along with it like diabetes, high blood pressure and inflammation.

One thing we do know is that the brain processes a lot of oxygen and as such is vulnerable to the oxidative stress of free radicals. So, we should add antioxidents to our eating plan. Add plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits as well as drinking green tea.

Foods like berries, apples, grapes, cherries, pomegranates, garlic, red cabbage, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, dark chocolate, and wine are all high in antioxidents. Getting plenty of colorful fresh foods in our diet is really important to our brain health.

Did you know our brain is mostly fat? It's made up of about 60% water and the rest is fat that protects the delicate neurons essential to brain function. We need to consume healthy fats, Omega 3 rich foods. We can find omega 3 fats in wild salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, and in dark green leafy vegetables.

Remember eating fat doesn't make us fat. Fat is essential, and it is a power nutrient for our brain. We can also find these essential omega 3s in makerel, tuna, and sardines. Holy makerel!

Magnesium deficiencies can contribute to age-related memory loss. To make sure you're getting your daily dose of magnesium rich foods add broccoli, almonds, or cashews. Taking a mineral supplement may be in order as well. Check with your physician about adding any supplements.

Finally, our brain needs protein too. Protein supplies the essential amino acids that help our brain function properly. Give your brain a boost by eating protein with every meal.

Power up your memory, your brain power and function by fueling for your grey matter. Keep things clear by making sure you are taking care of not just your body, but your brain also.

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