Top 3 Brain-Boosting Foods Fish: Wild Caught Salmon (Omega-3s – DHA & EPA) Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries (antioxidants) Greens: Bok Choy, Spinach, Collard Greens (folate)

Top 3 Brain Boosting Foods!

One of the common complaints about health is having brain-fog.  We often think this is just a part of aging which we have no control over.  Is that the case? What happens when we look at our brain from a functional perspective?

The simple fact is food affects our brain, for better or worse. Choosing foods which support proper brain function is vital to our overall wellness. Growth of healthy cells, healthy connections in the brain and efficient operation of our brain, and in turn our entire body, are affected by the foods we choose to consume. One of my favorite sayings about brain health comes from Dr. William Sears:

“Forget low-carb and low-fat diets. Eat a ‘right-carb’ and a ‘right-fat’ diet for optimal brain health!”

I couldn’t agree more! The quality of what we eat is of greater importance than the quantity. Let’s take a quick look at our brain health and food choices.top-3-brain-boosting-foods

When our brain is provided with healthy nourishment it can make healthy connections, process information, create memories and signal muscles and hormones to react and move. Next time you think about healthy eating, don’t just think about the benefits it will have on your waistline. Rather, think of all the positive benefits your brain receives from getting the right brain-boosting nutrition!

So what is the fuel which is vital to the brain?

For optimal function our brains need:
Omega-3 fats, Folate, Antioxidants and Carbohydrates.

  • Omega-3s are important building blocks in the brain – they are vital to the proper function of impulses which take place.
  • Folate is a nutrient needed for neurotransmitter function.
  • Antioxidants keep the blood brain barrier healthy, protecting cells from wear and tear and improve blood flow by decreasing excessive blood clotting.
  • Carbohydrates are needed because your brain uses them for energy.

What are quality sources of these brain fuels?

Top 3 Brain-Boosting Foods

Fish: Wild Caught Salmon (Omega-3s – DHA & EPA)
Berries: Blueberries, Blackberries (antioxidants)
Greens: Bok Choy, Spinach, Collard Greens (folate)

One of my family’s favorite meal is grilled salmon with a side of steamed veggies and large bowl of mixed greens topped with a bit of olive oil and berries. Even my child who isn’t fond of fish loves this meal! I have a super simple salmon recipe here. As well as more information on Omega-3s and essential fats here.

So the next time you go shopping remember to stop by the produce and seafood departments to get a special brain-boosting treat 🙂

[Resources:

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Pu H, Jiang X, Wei Z, Hong D, Hassan S, Zhang W, Shi Y, Chen L, Chen J.(2016) Repetitive and prolonged omega-3 fatty acid treatment after traumatic brain injury enhances long-term tissue restoration and cognitive recovery.
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Pu H, Jiang X, Hu X, Xia J, Hong D, Zhang W, Gao Y, Chen J, Shi Y. (2016) Delayed Docosahexaenoic Acid Treatment Combined with Dietary Supplementation of Omega-3 Fatty Acids Promotes Long-Term Neurovascular Restoration After Ischemic Stroke.
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Expert Talk: David Perlmutter, MD Brain Inflammation, Autoimmune Disease and Nutrition

I just listened to the first ‘bonus’ video from the Autoimmune Revolution and I was STUNNED! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!  I am looking forward to the rest of the videos – I have a feeling it is going to end up being a great resource for me on this journey…  If you missed my previous post here is another link below to sign up for the free content!

After registering you will get an email confirmation with a link to the bonus content – The video I just watched was:

Expert Talk: David Perlmutter, MD Brain Inflammation, Autoimmune Disease and Nutrition

(Here is Dr. Perlmutters website http://www.drperlmutter.com/

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/50763-the-autoimmune-revolution/embed

So, which came first?

Which came first – autoimmune disease or malfunction in the body?questions-1922476_1920

(Update 4/11/2017: Check out this post for a hint)

Betrayal: Autoimmune Disease, what they aren’t telling you…

This is a great series that delves into looking at health conditions through a functional lens, looking at it from a functional perspective 😉

This is an 7 part series which you can sign up here to get the entire series:

https://betrayalseries.com/episode-1-1nyawjkj2?inf_contact_key=7d0cbc282bdddf41ebe8765a8e30e2913dfccc53967e4ef6635564f98c6380b9

500,000 to 6.1 million

Sigh. Sadness.  If you read my previous post I received my training materials today and was ecstatic to get to delve into the books!  The excitement is still here, but had to stop and post this as it is one more reason I have chosen this path.  My heart sinks and breaks when some of my greatest fears are confirmed.

We have a serious health crisis in our society.  It’s all around us!  While we keep waiting for cures for this and cures for that – the diseases run rampant – nearly all are classified as an “epidemic”.  And it’s no wonder!  The comment that triggered this post was a quote by Dr. Vince Fortanasce “Alzheimer’s begins in childhood.” [emphasis added]

Did you read that and take moment to consider that?

The first thing that ran through my mind was anger! Remembering the anger at the ‘healthcare professionals’ telling me the day after my child came out of the ICU that it was FINE for him to have a soda, cake, candy bars  “there is no reason to change your lifestyle we have medicine for that”   Those were their exact words! And they not only said it but encouraged it!  I was so angry then it was all I could do to hold back my tears.  Getting my child out of their care had become my number one priority – they had no clue what went into my child’s body TODAY is what affects him TOMORROW and MANY years from now.

My anger quickly turned to heartache as I looked around at so many who followed that advice because there was a “degree” attached to it.  My heart breaks when I see families with children suffering with a disease and especially when that disease is one typically associated with the elderly.  My heart aches.

So when I stopped my reading to do a quick search on Dr. Fortanasce and came across this short video I had to share. He mentions in 1954 there were 500,000 suffering with Alzheimers in 2011 the figure was now 6.1 Million.  Whether you are reading this and already know these things or someone who is searching for a path other than the standard american way – please, please continue on the path of searching – there will never be a “cure” as no drug can reverse the effects we cause from our actions – our diet, exercise, sleeping, etc.  If we want to ‘cure’ something like alzheimers, diabetes, cancer – you name it – we must start long before the disease begins – the reason for the disease is we chose a path that disrupts our bodies homeostasis.  We must choose a path early on that promotes homeostasis to keep our body in a state of ease.

To continue on that wayward path expecting different results is… well my guess is you all know…  I am going to get back to my studying…

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