The brain weighs roughly 3 pounds and uses about 20 percent of the energy consumed by the body each day. Maintaining a constant flow of glucose and nutrients can make an enormous difference in how well your brain is able to function on a day-to-day basis.
We live in unusual times, when people are living longer than ever. In fact, for the first time in human history we have more people living over the age of 60 than below 15. This makes maintaining arguably your most vital organ an even greater priority. Unfortunately, living longer can increase the risk of suffering from a chronic disease that will often appears later in life. However, there is good news! The study of epigenetics is proving that most of what happens to us can be attributed to environmental triggers, and we can control the largest “trigger”: our diet.
People mistakenly believe that certain changes—including losing brain function—are inevitable as they age. This does not have to be your fate; implementing a few strategic diet interventions can help preserve brain function, and, in some cases, even improve it.
So how do you stack the odds in your favor?
The following are list of some foods to include, limit, or try to avoid:
All carbohydrates are not created equal. In fact, different carbohydrates have unique abilities to control or raise your blood sugar, supply or strip your body of essential nutrients. Think about the effect of a soda versus consuming the same amount of calories from broccoli on your body and more importantly your brain!