Why does the brain need fat? Is it true that sweet desserts make us forgetful? How does gluten affect memory? Here are some amazing facts about the brain.
1. Sugar is to blame for everything
Can’t remember where you hid the chocolate? Such forgetfulness can be caused by excessive consumption of sugar! If you can’t live without two or three servings of sweets a day – desserts, ice cream, pastries, sugary sodas – then this can lead to high blood sugar levels, which entails memory problems and an increased likelihood of neurological diseases. So, sweet tooth, keep an eye on the number of cakes!
2. We need fat
Fat on the sides is a nutritionist’s nightmare. Fat for the brain is the most important source of nutrition. It is needed to be resistant to damage, to generate energy and respond quickly. But fats are different. The healthiest ones are monounsaturated fats. They are found in olive oil, some types of sunflower oil, nuts, avocados, pumpkin and flax seeds, dark green vegetables, and oily fish. But saturated and trans fatty acids in margarine, fried food, large portions of meat and dairy products are dangerous to health.
4. Learn to knit or roller skate
We choose hobbies based on our preferences: for example, people with good hearing play the piano or dance tap dance. However, if we learn an unfamiliar skill – learning to paint with oils or making ceramic cups – our brains create new dendrites that connect neurons. The more dendrites are formed, the more efficient communication between cells and the smarter the brain becomes and the longer it functions.
Those who find time for hobbies and unusual activities are at lower risk of neurological disease.
5. Just sleep
With the advent of the light bulb, humanity has ceased to depend on the onset of darkness: modern man sleeps 20% less than his ancestor a hundred years ago. But our memory and brain function are directly dependent on how much we sleep.
In a dream, our pressure decreases, metabolic processes and heart rate slow down. New cells are restored and formed. If we sleep for less than six hours, stress hormones are released, which raises blood sugar levels. The bottom line is the risk of diabetes and early brain aging. It’s not for nothing that sleep is called the best medicine: sometimes it’s enough just to get enough sleep.
6. Food for the mind
From the point of view of neurologist and American College of Nutrition Fellow Dr. David Perlmutter, the standard diet of a working person is a nightmare. It is free of healthy fats, excess processed foods, sugar and chemical additives that accelerate brain aging and stimulate mood swings.
Fortunately, dietary changes can be powerful medicine.
Eliminate fried and fatty foods, convenience foods, white bread, chips, sugary cereals, soda, and snacks. Add vegetables, fruits, fish, seafood, berries and nuts. Change your diet and see how your brain will work faster and your memory will improve.
Over time, the body begins to produce less of the substances we need. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbs help to compensate for their deficiency, which, “acting at the same time” with food, renew and protect brain cells. There are many vitamins, but there are three most important: the B-complex vitamins affect mood, vitamin E restores memory and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) increases the speed and flexibility of thinking. Take vitamins once a day with meals – and make life easier for your brain.
By our way of life, we ourselves often contribute to the onset of destructive processes and provoke brain decline. But everything is in your hands. It’s never too late to start taking care of yourself.