Everyone needs a good brain. The elderly wants a healthy brain to memorize and cognize,, the young wants a sharp brain to think quickly and correctly. How can we all have a good brain?
Diets means a lot in the health and functioning of a brain. Brain likes good fat, brain doesn’t like inflammation.
Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
- Saturated fat: is one of the bad fats, because it is associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. It is found in fatty cuts of beef, pork, lamb, or in patties and sausages, or in certain type of oils. When you’re buying foods, make sure you read the label on the package, usually the label tells about how much saturated fat there is.
- Man-made fat: man-made fat is known as trans-fat. Such fat does not exist in nature. Instead, they are made by food companies for industrial cooking and frying. Trans-fat is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and inflammation. You can also find the trans-fat content on the label.
- Omega-3: it’s the good fat. Omega-3 fatty acid is beneficial for health, because it lowers cholesterol, protects the blood vessels and decrease heart attack and stroke risk. It also helps against inflammation.
Man-made fat is the first to remove from your routine food list. Saturated fat should be limited. You can take omega-3 every day to maintain the health of your brain.
Research has shown that illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, and others may be associated with an inflammation inside of our body. Some foods including refined sugar can cause such inflammation.
Lately, research has shown that refined sugar is a primary source of inflammation in our diets. Excess blood sugar interrupts our normal body processes. Eventually, the brain and other cells then become unable to use your blood glucose, which is their primary fuel. These changes are connected to the development of diabetes.
Some healthy foods contain invisible surgar. For example soup and salad dressing often have added sugar. Processed food usually contains refined sugar. Even you read from the label, you might not be able to notice them because they have a fancy name which is misleading, such as “high-fructose corn syrup” or “evaporated cane juice.”
Allergen & Food Intolerance
For some of us, taking regular food like wheat, dairy, and soy may cause problem. It can be allergy, or intolerance to certain foods or ingredients. If you always feel tired, sore, or not mentally sharp, try an “elimination diet.” Working with an allergist or dietician may help to identify troublesome foods in your diet.
Antioxidant can help the brain against inflammation. Fruits, vegetables and nuts can provide antioxidants to the body, especially the berries. In your daily diet, at least one type of fruits and one type of vegetables are recommended. Nuts are good for breakfast or as snack.