Brain Health

brain1The brain is the most complex part of the human body. This three-pound organ is the seat of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of body movement, and controller of behavior. Lying in its bony shell and washed by protective fluid, the brain is the source of all the qualities that define our humanity. The brain is the crown jewel of the human body. You have been entrusted with the care and feeding of the most extraordinary and complex creation in the universe. Home to your mind and personality, your brain houses your cherished memories and future hopes. It orchestrates the symphony of consciousness that gives you purpose and passion, motion and emotion. The brain needs nourishment as does every cell in your body.
There are a number of things that affect brain function; sleep, exercise, stress, smoking, medications, hormones, diet, menopause, anxiety and depression. As a nutritionist I believe the best thing we can do for our brain is nourish it properly. Healthy fats are one of the nutrients I recommend for brain health. Coconut oil has shown promising results in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric, celery, cauliflower and broccoli, walnuts, garbanzo beans, avocados, blueberries are all great for brain health as are foods with vitamin B-12 (meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, and fish). Green tea may also be useful in treating cognitive impairments. Of coarse don’t forget exercise and stress reduction along with exercising your brain with puzzles and games that make you think. Sugar and starchy carbs seem to be the least beneficial to your brain and I recommend limiting those as much as possible. Lots of vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, nuts and seeds, pastured meat and dairy, and eggs are what does the brain good!
The brain deserves some extra help from supplements. Vitamin D is very important for brain health. While there is nothing better for us than getting out in nature and the sunshine it may be necessary to supplement this important nutrient. DHA is another brain builder and is especially important for children. Ginko biloba, ginseng, green tea, vitamin B12, vitamin E and antioxidants all help with brain function and cognitive skills.
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Submitted by Tricia @ Nutrition by Tricia

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