Neuro-Nutrition - What it it?


How changes in diet can lead your brain to generate energy to a much stronger and more efficient degree?

Let’s look closer:

Our brain produces four types of neurotransmitters that insure we have mood resilience:

ability to experience positive emotions and to bring ourself back to emotional balance.

A well-fed brain does not get stuck in a mood or produce a mood that is not based on an actual situation or trigger.

You can think of it as four little petrol tanks in your brain. Each petrol tank takes its own specific fuel and must be nourished properly to keep it full, which is keeping our moods balanced, in this analogy.

How Does It Work?

Our brain is the first part of our body to suffer when we are chronically inflamed from stress (or for any other reason). Once our brain’s mitochondria become inflamed, they have a harder time generating energy - any kind of energy. This reduced ability to produce energy now can lead to the development of chronic diseases later. This is where the science of NeuroNutrition comes in. It works by providing an optimal supply of substances that ensure optimal functioning of the neurons and the brain, while protecting it from damaging circumstances, like free-radical formation, lack of oxygen, lack of glucose, or damage by neurotoxic substances. NeuroNutrition works to reduce both inflammation in the brain and oxidative stress while restoring energy production to dysfunctional mitochondria. It relies partially on the specific nutrients you provide the brain that can be gotten from certain foods and dietary changes:

Example of a couple of Foods/Supplements That Do It:

Wild Salmon

Wild salmon is the number 1 food in which to feed your brain. 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 salmon, as farmed and regular wild-caught salmon can be loaded with heavy metals, toxins, and environmental contaminants.

Go for the Omega 3/6 supplements if you're unsure of the provenance. Like this one for instance.


Photo by Toa Heftiba

Avocados

Avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat (ONLY IF ORGANIC).

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.



Photo by Reka Biro-Horvath

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is great brain food! As an anti-inflammatory, it can reduce inflammation in the brain - 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 bad bacteria in our gut.

Blueberries

These little bundles of ‘brain berries’ 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 get more in your diet. Eat them fresh or use them frozen but be sure to get your daily dose of nature’s natural sweeties.

Broccoli

Never a welcome sight on anyone’s dinner plate, but the high levels of vitamin K and choline in broccoli can help sharpen your memory. Broccoli is also loaded with the antioxidant vitamin C and is full to the brim of fibre.

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