01 Mar Nutrition and Brain Health
Nutrition and Brain Health
You Are What You Eat!
While we can often fixate on how our diet and specific intake of nutrients impact our physical appearance, one of the most important things we should put mindful energy towards is something no one can see … our brains!
While choosing a diet with healthy nutrients to prevent dangerous diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, etc., is critical, understanding the impact food and proper nutrition have on the brain is just as important.
Understanding the human brain
Your brain takes care of everything your body does – thoughts, breathing, heartbeat, movement, senses, etc. The effects of having a poor diet low in nutritional value can be exposed in sleeping patterns, energy, behavior, and mood. The way the brain functions can quickly become apparent in everyday situations like work, school, and even social events.
Since your brain is active 24/7, it must have a constant source of good power and fuel. As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat!” The energy your brain functions from is in direct correlation with the foods you eat.
High-Quality Nutritional Foods
Eating healthy, high-quality foods containing vital vitamins and antioxidants help protect and shield the brain from experiencing oxidative stress or producing free radicals. Eating unhealthy choices containing processed or refined foods, especially refined sugar, can impair brain functionality. If your brain lacks nutrition, or free radicals and damaging inflammatory cells are circulating within the brain, it can contribute to brain tissue injury.
Based on how serious having a balanced diet is to help your brain, which controls all body functions, how can maintaining a healthy lifestyle not be something of more concern? While one can gain and lose pounds when their diet isn’t the healthiest, the impacts to the brain can never be undone.
Brain nutrition facts:
- Foods you eat directly impact how you feel.
- Good nutrition is associated with better mental health A poor diet is associated with a greater risk of depression and anxiety.
- Some of the healthy foods for your brain’s function and memory include fatty fish, coffee, blueberries, turmeric, broccoli, nuts, and even dark chocolate!
- Upgrading the type of food you put in your body can help your brain better handle stress.
- The development of other brain functions impacts cognition. Nutrition is essential for developing sensory systems like hearing and vision and the integration of these processes.
- Direct effects of nutrition on cognition are seen during neuro development and then again during the aging process.
Change can be hard … but often necessary to grow and stay healthful. Based on foods that help enhance your well-being, what modifications can you make to your diet today to help improve your nutrition and brain health for the future?