7 fun facts about brain health

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7 fun facts about brain health

09 Aug 2017

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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 flaxseeds, 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.

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Such fats make brain cells less mobile and energetic, and inhibit mental processes.

3. Insidious gluten

If your memory is getting worse, you can’t concentrate, and your stomach suffers from chronic indigestion, then you may have a gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein found in cereals such as wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, amaranth, spelled. When a person with an intolerance consumes gluten, their immune system reacts to it like a virus. Inflammation occurs, nutrients are not absorbed through the intestinal wall, and brain function is disrupted.

Many people can suffer from these symptoms for years and be unaware of the existence of celiac disease. The solution is simple: take a blood test for antibodies and exclude foods containing gluten. You will see how your well-being, memory and reaction will instantly improve.

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And here are recipes for dishes that do not spoil health and do not contain gluten at all.

4. Learn to knit or roller skate

We choose hobbies based on our passions: 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 brain creates new dendrites that connect neurons. The more dendrites are formed, the more efficient the communication between cells and the smarter the brain becomes and the longer it functions.

Those who find time for hobbies and unusual pursuits 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.

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Useful advice from the book “Always on time”.

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 a 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 works faster and your memory improves.

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7. Vitaminization

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.

Based on the book “Healthy Brain”

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