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Beware of These Brain Busting Foods!

Part of complete chiropractic care involves nutritional counseling, which most chiropractors are well equipped to provide. Another focus of chiropractic care is on your central nervous system because if it can’t work at its optimum level, then your health may suffer. Both of these treatments collide when you begin talking about foods that are good and bad for your brain, and your cognitive abilities. There are a ton of articles out there that espouse the foods that are good for your brain, but what about the foods that are bad for it? Here are some brain busting foods you may want to limit or avoid.


Tofu is often viewed as a healthy food rich in protein, but there are aspects of it that aren’t quite as appetizing. Some studies have found a link between significant tofu intake per week (9 or more times a week) and memory loss associated with cognitive impairment. At this point, its impact on the brain is not solidified, but the phytoestrogens in tofu may be the culprit. So, if you’re vegetarian or vegan consider branching out a little and try some like tempeh instead.


Everyone knows that increased sodium intake is related to increased blood pressure but it may also have an impact on your brain. One study found that a high intake of sodium combined with limited physical activity was a recipe for impairment of cognitive function. This is an easy thing to counteract, however, just by decreasing the amount of sodium you eat along with increasing physical activity. In fact, it has been shown that regular exercise can counteract the negative impact that sodium has on the brain and cardiovascular system, so get out there and get moving!

Trans Fats

There no bones about it: there is nothing about trans fats that are good for you. It’s pretty much bad for every system in your body, including your central nervous system. Trans fats may impact your memory, so make sure until the FDA trans fats ban takes full effect that you steer clear of this stuff. In other words, always read nutrition labels!


Tuna is an easy and relatively health food to have on hand and prepare, but too much of it could have a negative impact on your brain. If you eat more than three servings of this fish per week, in fact, you are putting yourself at risk for cognitive function impairment. This is due to the mercury in tuna and some other fish that is bad for your brain.

If you have any questions about foods that you need to limit or eliminate from your diet, talk to your chiropractor!

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