Tip #3 for Brain Health: 'Eat Smart, with Intention' is the brain tip this week
02 July, 2018Tip #3 Eat Smart, with Intention
We know the best nutrition plan is eating a diet that is as close as possible to 100% whole foods. Eating fresh foods that are rich in color and filled with phytonutrients is a sure-fire way to prevent and combat disease. Steering clear of fast, convenient, and processed foods is the goal.
Shift yourself away from the belief that all fat is bad. The human brain is made up of nearly 60% fat. Our brains require good sources of fat to remain healthy and strong. To bypass the confusion around what kinds of fats are ok to eat, seek whole food sources that combine all the important essential fats.
Monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, omega 3, and 6 fatty acids/DHA (Omega 3 & 6 in the right combinations), and yes even saturated fats are important for our brain health in moderation (unless a specified therapeutic nutrition plan has been prescribed).
Seeds, nuts, avocados, wild caught salmon, pasture raised whole eggs, and high quality, organic, minimally processed olive, and coconut oil all contain the essential fats to boost brain health.
Just as we need to find a consistent and adequate amount of sleep, the brain also receives a boost when we give our digestion a rest from eating. Referred to as intermittent fasting, this means eating a smaller dinner and waiting 12 to 14 hours after dinner before you have your next meal. One scenario is to finish your last meal at 6pm. Wake up the next morning and have an 8-ounce glass of water to support your body's fast by clearing out the toxins and follow with your next meal between 6 and 8am. This approach also naturally regulates caloric intake, which can result in maintaining a healthy weight.
Be sure to read next week's edition, Tip #4 for Brain Awareness Month.