"Remember what the dormouse said: Feed your head." or so said Grace Slick in the Jefferson Airplane song "White Rabbit". But it reminds me that we need to feed our brain (head) in order to be able to think clearly, remember accurately, and function optimally in this fast paced world.
The way we live, and especially the foods we eat, can have a profound effect on brain health. We have already discussed the importance of 8 hours of sleep per night in my Feb 5th blog post.
Fish has long been touted as "brain food" and now we know that the essential fatty acids in cold water fish (known as essential fatty acids or EFAs) are critical for brain development and maintenance. The complete protein in fish is also needed to produce neurotransmitters for memory and mood. If you are concerned about toxins in fish, stick to sardines and salmon, which do not have heavy metals. The brain also needs to protect itself against oxidation (aging) so fresh whole foods, rich in antioxidants, are needed. A good example is a salad containing a spring mix of dark leafy greens, shredded carrots, beets, sunflower seeds, bell peppers and tomatoes topped with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Combine with sardines or salmon and you have a complete brain supportive meal.
Don’t forget aerobic exercise, which improves blood flow to the brain. Studies have shown measurable reductions in brain aging with as little as 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every other day. More benefits occur when you exercise for one hour, six days per week.
To find out more and to identify your individual needs, contact me for an appointment. We will look at your present diet and activities and help you improve them so you can keep your brain (and the rest of you) working at tip top shape.