Is a Healthy Brain the Key to a Healthy Body?

by on January 12th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Experts say yes! Researchers from the renowned Amen Clinics have used some of the most advanced brain imaging technology to show the link between brain health and obesity and teach us how a healthy brain can be our main ally in successfully loosing weight.

One of the main factors we can control to restore balanced brain function is our diet.  What we put into our bodies greatly affects brain health, and some foods have the ability to sharpen our brain power.

Brain healthy foods include almonds, almond milk, apples, asparagus, avocados, bananas, beans, blackberries, blueberries, Brussels sprouts, cherries, low-fat cheese, tofu, wild salmon, red grapes, yams, walnuts, and unsweetened yogurt.

A great way to add brain healthy foods to your diet is to have two healthy snacks every day.

Try these healthy and delicious options to give your brain a boost:

  • Low fat cottage cheese with one serving of fruit and a few almonds.
  • One banana and 2 walnuts
  • Low fat yogurt with honey
  • Two celery stalks with a spoonful of peanut butter
  • Turkey and apple slices
  • String cheese and ½ cup of grapes

Engaging in moderate exercise for thirty minutes at least five times a week is also necessary, along with the regular consumption of cold-water fish and flax seed to provide the brain with a healthy range of omega fatty acids.

An omega supplement- preferably sourced from wild caught fish is also highly recommended especially for overweight individuals who also struggle with mood swings, memory loss and concentration difficulties.

Also, try to limit your consumption of refined sugars which besides affecting your brain in a negative way also promotes weight-gain, blood sugar spikes and inflammation.

Finally, taking ten minutes each day just quietly focusing on the moment and breathing deeply is a great way to bring oxygen to the brain as well as manage stress. This simple “time-out” can help to eliminate negative thinking patterns that many times sabotage our health efforts.

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