What Exactly is Neuronutrition?
Neuronutrition is food for the brain. It involves a three-prong approach that includes:
Feeding the brain specific nutrients it needs to function optimally
Removing non-nutritive, inflammatory foods that are toxic to or damage the brain
Making simple tweaks to your lifestyle
These three components work together to nourish the mind and promote optimal neurological health.
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The right nutrients for the brain will increase neurotransmitters that positively affect mood, cognition, and energy levels. At the same time, proper neuronutrition will reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain while restoring energy production, improving memory, and enhancing cognitive function. What this means:
Diminished brain fog
Reduced anxiety and depression
Greater focus and concentration
So what does all this mean and how can I help neuronutrition work for you? When your brain doesn’t work its best, you can’t work at your best.
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Who Benefits from Neuronutrition?
Neuronutrition has extensive and far-reaching effects. It can benefit anyone, especially:
Those who want to look and feel their best for as long as possible
People who want to maintain a sharp memory and cognitive function as they age while preventing or slowing the progression of dementia
Executives looking to excel at work and advance their career
Students wanting to maintain focus and get good grades
People wanting to improve their brains and bodies for the rest of their lives
And those who struggle with:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Traumatic brain injuries
Alzheimer’s or dementia in their families
5 Amazing Power Foods to Fuel the Brain
Many foods fuel the brain and should be eaten in abundance to support optimal cognitive performance.
Here are my top 5 power foods to fuel the brain:
#1 Wild Salmon
Wild Alaskan salmon to be specific, is the top food to feed your brain. It's Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, micronutrients, and micro-minerals, wild salmon can improve memory, increase focus, and banish brain fog.
One word of caution: stick to wild-caught Alaskan salmon, as farmed and regular wild-caught salmon can be loaded with heavy metals, toxins, and environmental contaminants.
Are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. The healthy fats found in avocados help keep blood sugar levels stable and provide your brain with powerful nutrients. They are packed with vitamin K and folate, which help prevent blood clots in the brain as they improve memory and concentration. Avocados also contain vitamin C and B vitamins which need to be replenished daily, as they are used up quickly, especially when stressed.
#3 Coconut oil
Is excellent brain food! As an anti-inflammatory, it can reduce inflammation in the brain. This is especially important if you’ve suffered a brain injury. It also helps with memory loss as you age and has the added benefits of destroying harmful bacteria in the gut.
AKA “brain berries” as I like to call them, are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, and fibre. They help protect our brains from inflammation, oxidative damage, and deterioration. Studies also show that blueberries increase life-span, slow age-related cognitive decline, and improve cardiovascular function! So do yourself a favour and eat some today! Fresh or frozen, be sure to get in your daily dose of nature’s candy!
Is a source of two nutrients that are crucial for improving brain function - vitamin K and choline. The high levels of vitamin K can strengthen cognitive performance while choline works to sharpen your memory. Broccoli is also loaded with vital antioxidants, and fibre.
Now that you know some foods the brain loves, which foods can harm it?
Foods that are Neurotoxic
What harms the brain? Generally, foods that become toxic to the brain are inflammatory processed foods, certain drugs, rancid vegetable oils, and foods that contain aluminum or other heavy metals.
The brain is an amazing and miraculous creation. It knows what it needs, how to heal the body, and how to create new neural pathways. Unbeknownst to us, it’s also continually working to develop a state of homeostasis within the body.
The most neurotoxic substances that damage your cognition include:
Some prescription drugs
Refined white flour products and carbohydrates
Heavy metals, like aluminum and mercury
Chemicals and Toxins
But sometimes, your brain can get overwhelmed.
If it's constantly bombarded by toxins or substances that it finds toxic (aptly named neurotoxins), it gets bogged down. It can slow its ability to learn, and prevent the storage of new memories or retrieval of those in long-term memory. Neuroplasticity is reduced, and neurogenesis cannot take place. You experience foggy thinking, neurofatigue, forgetfulness, and have difficulty concentrating or multitasking.
This is why the second component of neuronutrition focuses on foods that should be avoided. By eliminating non-nutritive, inflammatory, and toxic foods, we can strengthen cognitive function to prevent slowed thinking, increased processing time, neruofatigue, headaches, and ultimately signs of dementia.
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