How to Keep Our 'CPU' Functioning Healthy With Food
By Stephen R. Farris
By now you've probably heard of eating healthy for just about every body part we have. There's eating right for our heart health, eating to reduce our chances of developing type 2 diabetes, and even eating healthy to prevent inflammation.
However, there's one body part we might not think of when it comes to eating healthy to boost it and protect it, and that is our brain.
The brain is basically the "CPU" of our body. It controls every aspect of our body, from breathing to movement, thinking, and how many times our heart beats.
When the brain becomes sluggish, it -- much like a computer -- can cause us to operate slower. So it's important that we keep our brain as healthy and alert as possible to prevent any type of slowdown, and that's where nutrition comes into play.
So let's take a look at a few food items that will actually help keep our brain functioning normally.
Fatty fish (salmon, trout, and sardines) contain omega-3 fatty acids. According to research, our brain is 60 percent fat and omega-3 fatty acids are the good kind of fat our brain and body needs. Consider omega-3 fatty acids as a boost since our brain uses these to help build brain and nerve cells, and is a plus for learning and memory function. So definitely add this to your list of healthy eating for your brain.
Coffee contains caffeine and antioxidants, in which both are beneficial for brain health. The caffeine helps to increase alertness, boost your mood, and sharpen your concentration. The antioxidants -- according to research -- have been linked to a reduction of your risk of developing certain neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, especially if you have been drinking coffee on a regular basis for most of your life. So when someone says coffee is bad for you, you'll know better.
These are just a couple of food and drink items to consider as a part of your diet, but you should also add these to it; blueberries, turmeric, broccoli, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, nuts, oranges, eggs and green tea.
If you have questions about nutrition or your mental health, talk with your local chiropractor to hear some of the advice and suggestions they have to help you get back to the healthy, vibrant lifestyle you're accustomed to.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Mary, Fla.