Tuesday, February 01, 2005

785 Feed your Brain

Number 2 on a list of 7 ways to optimize the brain is on feeding the brain.

"The fuel you feed your brain has a profound effect on how it functions. Lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids (large cold water fish, such as tuna and salmon, walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil, and canola oil) are essential to brain function. Unfortunately, the great American diet is filled with simple sugars and simple carbohydrates, causing many people to feel emotional, sluggish, spacey, and distracted.

What do you have for breakfast? Do you even have breakfast? Today, many children, teens, and adults start the day with either nothing at all or by loading up on simple carbohydrates, such as sugar cereals, Pop Tarts, muffins, bagels, waffles, pancakes, or donuts. In our fast paced society these foods are simple to prepare for the family rushed in the morning, but they cause brain fog and lower performance in many people. Start the day with a healthy breakfast that includes protein, such as eggs, lean meat, or dairy products.

Many people struggle with energy and mental clarity after lunch. I have found that eliminating all simple carbohydrates at lunch (sugar, white bread or other products made from white flour such as bagels and white pasta, potatoes, and rice) can make a dramatic difference in energy and focus in the afternoon. An additional benefit of skipping sugar and simple carbohydrates at lunch is that most people do not feel hunger until dinnertime. I also believe taking a 100% vitamin and mineral supplement is important. Many people do not eat like they should on a regular basis."

Also at this web site is a list of the ways the brains of men and women differ--in many cases, giving women a clear advantage. Probably won't help Lawrence Summers, President of Harvard, who has offended the feminists by suggesting there is a difference between men and women.

Here's a site for exercising the brain. I think I like that part about "thinking" about exercising a certain muscle and having it get stronger. Now that's my kind of exercise!

1 comment:

Anvilcloud said...

Thanks for my morning exercise.