Over the last couple of weeks I have been featuring the brain and how we can support its function and protect the organ from degenerating as we age. Whilst lifestyle is very important in this respect it is the broad spectrum of nutrients.. not just vitamins and minerals but healthy fats, and the healthy kind of cholesterol which is necessary to produce hormones. The brain is a complex organ that requires a lot of fire power to function, and just missing out elements from the hundreds of nutrients required can result in a deterioration.
The first key element to eating for brain health is to omit industrially processed foods that contain harmful toxins and additives that have zero nutritional benefit and effectively ’empty’ calories. They might supply sugar and trans fats and look appetizing on a plate, but the brain will not recognize them as anything it can process. Processed foods Vs. Industrially manufactured foods
If you eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, some moderate whole grains, nuts and seeds, good quality meats and cold water fish that have not been farmed, you are doing a great job.
For the brain to function efficiently it needs other systems in the body to be healthy. The immune system is the barrier between the external world and all its contaminates and the brain. So your first line of defence is to keep that fed with the nutrients needed to produce all the various types of blood cells needed to repel opportunistic pathogens.
The digestive system needs to be in tip top condition so that food that is eaten is processed effectively so that the nutrients can be passed into the bloodstream and up to the brain.
The respiratory system needs to be maintained and giving up smoking and taking in clean fresh oxygen is essential… without that oxygen, carried by the blood, your brain with slowly die.
Week by week I am going through the individual nutrients in detail so that you can appreciate the importance each one of them has to the body. That is going to take the next 20 weeks which is why I am going to give you the shopping list now so you can get started on introducing some foods that might currently not be in your daily meals.
There are some key nutritional elements for brain health that will be supplied by this list including B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, Amino Acids, Magnesium, Iron, and Zinc.
You can find out more about the B Vitamins I have already covered in the directory as well as catch up on the previous brain posts: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-health-column-news-nutrients-health-conditions-anti-aging/