Do Food Choices, Brainpower and Diet Go Hand In Hand?
Posted Jun 03 2008 3:04pm
Have you ever considered the role that eating choices play in boosting your brainpower? We are all familiar with the old adage, “You are what you eat,” but for many of us, this usually does not hit home until we experience a health scare, are looking to lose some vanity pounds, or are concerned about possible obesity.
It is well known that eating well and feeling good go hand in hand; the human body functions best when we consume natural foods. When processed and chemical based foods are introduced into the system, the human body finds it difficult to break all the components down appropriately, often leading to fatigue, headaches, digestive disorders, and weight-related issues.
I'm particularly sensitive to high levels of sugar contained in various foods. As a result, I monitor the amount of sugar in everything I consume. My goal is to avoid a terrible rise and fall in my blood sugar level and the subsequent effect that causes on my performance and mood. Maybe you have identified certain foods that cause you some undesired effects as well.
Nutrition and Intelligence
It’s important to know the role that nutrition can play in our intelligence. The brain is our key organ that manages our day-to-day affairs. Think about all the processes, thoughts, and information that your brain must understand, sort, and go through each day. If it is not optimally fueled by your diet, it is unlikely that you will feel at your ultimate best; you’ll tire easily, find it difficult to concentrate, and may turn to junk food and sugar for an instant pick me up just to get through your day.
Sound familiar? Then you will definitely benefit from making a few easy changes. Studies and recommendations have shown that particular foods introduced into the diet can have a short and long-term impact on your intelligence, mental state, and ability to perform.
Food choices, intelligence, and diet go hand in hand. Athletes know this because of their rigid performance-related diets. They have customized plans for top performance. Let's learn a thing or two from them.
Albert Einstein "The Genius"
Albert Einstein reportedly maintained a vegetarian diet and is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass-energy equivalence. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.
In 1999, Einstein was named Time magazine's "Person of the Century", and a poll of prominent physicists named him the greatest physicist of all time. In popular culture, the name "Einstein" has become synonymous with genius. (Based on his results, it certainly seems he mastered the art of getting his brain to perform at a very high level and his diet was key factor.)
Brain Boosting Eating Ideas
Could you use some brain boosting diet ideas? Have no fear; eating intelligently doesn’t require extensive formulas, complicated meal planning, or over-analysis of food combinations. Instead, dietary advocates who promote intelligent eating, focus on natural, raw foods, and propose a somewhat vegetarian-focused diet. Now meat eaters need not despair! If meat is your preferred choice of protein, think of healthy ways to cook and serve it; perhaps with fresh vegetables, cooked in olive oil and not butter, or trying lighter choices of meat are just some possibilities.
Incorporating soy, fish oil, and leafy vegetables are just three ways to begin a brain-boosting diet. In particular, other foods worth adding to your diet are those that are high in vitamin B12, essential fatty acids, calcium, water, and natural-occurring antioxidants are your top choices. Here are just a few suggestions:
Green and black tea Green and black teas have natural antioxidants and can help fight illness; the caffeine found in these teas is also a healthier alternative to coffee, and may reduce your coffee-addiction within a few short weeks.
Sage This herb has been recommended for Alzheimer patients as it may help increase the level of messages sent to the brain.
Rosemary This herb has also been tested to alleviate mental fatigue, and help with memory.
Eggs Memory is well maintained and created by the formation of synapses in the brain, that require some essential fatty acids only available through diet. Eggs are a perfect natural source for these and are now available with omega-3 enhancements.
Oily Fish Salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring are the top rated omega-3 varieties that may help boost your brainpower and help with memory.
Sardines Sardines also contain naturally occurring choline, a much-needed chemical for learning power and memory.
Soy This natural source of protein helps with neurotransmitters and both verbal and non-verbal memory; it can also help with mental agility and flexibility.
Almonds Soaked or blanched almonds can cure anxiety in a snap, and are a great source of natural fats for long-term memory improvement.
Antioxidants Leafy Greens hit this list with their high vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content of that help increase overall health, vitality, and energy levels. Choose fresh organic varieties whenever possible, and avoid overloading with sugary dressings. Also great additions are tomatoes, carrots, summer squash, apples, oranges, grapefruit, and peaches.
B Vitamins You won’t find a short supply of natural sources of this necessary vitamin for brainpower; choose from yams, whole-wheat pasta, and whole grain cereal for slow-but-steady energy throughout the day.
Other recommendations to get comfortable with your newfound brainpower might include a Ginkgo Biloba supplement, V-8 juice, and protein/juice smoothies in the middle of the day. (You could benefit from previous post on Ginkgo.) Whatever your game plan is, take action on your intelligence boosting diet and you will notice and feel the difference in as little as a week!
I look forward to hearing your story of how the brain boosting foods have helped you.