What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look but also what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter (especially for our gray matter). See, our bodies don’t like stress. Who does? When we’re stressed out — whether it’s physical, like someone jumps out at you from a dark alley, or mental, like you have a major project due at work — our bodies release a response; inflammation occurs.
Did you know remedies straight from the kitchen can banish an occasional headache or upset stomach, etc.???….When you think of the word “inflammation” you should know that it is your body’s complex response to fight off harmful pathogens, irritants, and damaged cells in the body, and kick-start the healing process. But what does this all have to do with food? Our gut helps keep our body’s immune responses and inflammation under control.
Brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. Eating a variety of whole, nutrient dense foods can treat so many health issues at one time. Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. Your food choices may be the most influential variable you can control that relates to the health, vitality, and functionality of your precious brain.
Although research linking diet and dementia is still being done, one can assume there are a few important relationships between nutrients and brain health that are worth exploring. Having a nourishing, well rounded diet gives our brain the best chance of avoiding disease. If your diet is unbalanced for whatever reason, you may want to consider a multivitamin and mineral complex and an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to help make up a few of the essentials.