The inspiration for this post is an article titled, “5o Things You Can Do to Improve Your Brain’s Health” which was posted on the Examined Existence website. Text under the heading, “Article” is an excerpt of the article. I am not planning to share all 50 tips in this post or in the cumulative series of posts titled Feeding the Brain, but I will share a link to the full article in the final (3rd) post of this series. I chose to share the article because food and beverage are important to all people.
I am not a nutritionist or medical professional. Check with your physician prior to changing the foods you eat or the beverages you drink. The foods and beverages mentioned in the article, and subsequently in this post, are not suitable for all people.
12. Drink milk
A glass of milk daily can help you boost your memory and thinking skills. A research article published in the International Dairy Journal reveals that adults who drank milk at least five or six times a week displayed better memory than those who rarely drank them.
13. Eat less
A new study has proven that cutting back your caloric intake doesn’t just help you lose weight; it also lowers your risk to developing neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), spearheaded by Johannes Graff, experimented their theory on mice that have been purposely engineered to undergo rapid neurodegeneration. They restricted the caloric intake of a certain group of mice by up to 30 percent and fed the rest with the normal amount of food.
Three months thereon, the mice were tested to see if the experiment had any effects on their memory and learning skills. The mice that were given a normal diet were observed to have significant decline in both cognitive areas, whereas those whose caloric intake was restricted showed none. Moreover, there is this evidence that supports that caloric restriction activates an enzyme known as the Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), which studies suggest that it shields the brain from age-associated illnesses.
14. Spice up your food
According to Albarracin et. al., certain spices help preserve memory and cognitive function. Spices contain polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that protect the nervous system. In addition, these substances have been thought to prevent various neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Cinnamon, sage, cumin, and cilantro are powerful memory boosters that can be readily sprinkled into foods.
15. Drink plenty of water
Like the rest of your body, your brain just can’t function without water. Not only does water increase oxygen levels, it keeps the brain cells hydrated. Fluid balance is also needed for the brain to effectively transmit impulses, secrete hormones and produce neurotransmitters. According to Dr. Corinne Allen, founder of the Advanced Learning and Development Institute, the brain cells need twice the energy than any other cell of the body and water provides this energy more effectively than any other substance.
16. Avoid alcohol and drugs
Though this is quite self-explanatory, many people still neglect the impact of drug and alcohol abuse on their brain. A little bit of alcohol has been shown to be good for us but habitual drug and alcohol use can potentially disrupt brain function in areas that are most crucial to retention, cognition, judgment, and behavior control.
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Keep in mind the list of food and beverages is not customized for your specific needs. Some people may have negative reactions to the food or beverages listed in the Article. For example, some of the listed food and beverages may interact negatively with medicine or supplements you are taking, and some of the items may negatively impact your heart, liver, cholesterol, blood sugar, or other body parts. Furthermore, some of the items listed are known to cause allergic reactions in some people. There may also be a significant difference between the quality and healthfulness of products within a category of food or beverage. The article is also missing any mention of an “ideal” portion size.
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Thanks to Trina Tbi Chambers-Bradlee who shared the article with me; Examined Existence for publishing the article upon which this post is based; Google for helping me find the picture I used; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.