Nutrition for our brains
We have all experienced some sort of brain decline: brain fog, slow mental processing, forgetting things (why did I walk into this room again?), depression, anxiety. The range is wide for these, some people only have an “off day”, others have years of depression.
Neurosculpting® gives a lot of tools to help navigate our minds and thought patterns, but without good nutrition, it’s going to be a constant battle, or worse, where we have trouble to even see that light at the end of the tunnel.
Our brains use up about 20% of our body’s resources, the brain is an energy hog. To support our ‘higher thinking’ brain, aka: puzzle solving, compassion, empathy, analytical thinking part of our brains, as well as to keep the multi-processing, always-on-alert, save-our-butts, part of our brain well fueled.
The higher the quality the fuel, the better the brain machine will run.
Let’s start with the basic macro nutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
These nutrients are needed for our bodies to survive. Fried chicken wings covers this all, right? Correct. However, the catch is: poor quality nutrients (macro, micro, or fake) damage our systems and brains.
Our brains are made up of neurons, and each part requires one of these macro nutrients to survive. How can we best fuel our brains: ideally organic whole foods.
Carbohydrates break down into glucose and provide energy. Vegetables are a perfect source for carbs, which have the added benefit of including micro nutrients (nutrients that make us thrive, not simply survive) and fiber. Broccoli, dark leafy greens, asparagus, cauliflower, to start, are all great sources. Veggies also help maintain balanced blood sugar levels (no, that cookie won’t work as a replacement carb).
Protein is required to create neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals that transmit messages in our brains (for movement, thought, etc.). High quality protein (free of hormones and drugs commonly used with livestock) will best support strong neurotransmitter health, as well as hormones, and immune system function.
Fats are essential (hence the name “essential fatty acids”) and make up about 60% of the brain tissue. Fat is needs fat to support and repair and is a protective coating around the axon (aka the myelin sheath). Excellent sources of fats are nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, olives, wild caught fish (salmon especially).
Taste buds bored yet? There’s hope and deliciousness in the next paragraph.
For even better brain function, mix it up, try to get a wide variety of colors in your foods and add spices. Spices are the highly under-recognized assistants to good health. They are packed with micro nutrients and flavor. Never underestimate the power of flavor.
Learn more and join me for an introductory class on Neurosculpting and learn how we can re-wire our brains and what nutrition can help support us best. No experience necessary, snacks welcome. And, I promise I won’t make you give up chocolate.