Avoid These Foods for Better Brain Health
By Stepy Kamei
It should be obvious, but it's worth repeating anyway: The brain is the most important organ in your body. None of the other organs or other vital functions in your body would even be able to function without a properly working brain. Therefore, it's absolutely crucial for you to do everything you can to keep your brain functioning to the best of its ability. To put it simply, when you take care of your brain, you take care of your entire physical and mental well-being.
One of the most important ways you can influence the status of your brain's functions is through the food you consume. More specifically, there are certain types of foods you really should be avoiding as they can have detrimental effects on the health of your brain. So keep on reading to find out which foods to stock up on -- and which ones you really should be avoiding at all costs.
Sugar is one of the worst food additives in regards to your overall health. Refined white sugar in particular offers absolutely no nutritional value, and only leads to such damaging effects as increased inflammation, plummeting energy levels, and unbalancing blood sugar levels in a potentially dangerous manner. It doesn't help that sugar is so hard to avoid these days. It's added to so many items, including sodas, teas, snacks (even salty ones!), and shockingly, many breads as well.
Studies have shown that sugar consumption can increase a person's likelihood of developing dementia and Alzheimer's over time. So, do what you can to limit your sugar intake as much as possible. Sweeten your drinks and desserts with raw honey or agave whenever possible, and check the ingredients on your grocery list items -- if sugar is in the first three ingredients, find an alternative brand.
While unsaturated fats are found naturally in foods such as fatty fish and nuts, and can actually boost brain health, saturated fats have the opposite effect. These fats are artificially produced, like refined sugar, so they offer no nutritional benefits. Instead, saturated fats only work to cause fatigue and problems with focus and memory. Avoid packaged and processed snacks and sweets in order to cut back on these harmful fats.
Eat These Instead
So, what should you be eating instead? Choosing to cook with whole, minimally processed foods really is the best way to go. Fresh produce, legumes, and whole grains usually provide vital nutrients which can help boost the functions of your brain.
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