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Foods That Nourish The Brain
A varied diet.: A regular and varied diet is best. You will get everything that your body, and your brain, needs. More important is what to avoid - excessive alcohol, tobacco, street drugs and foods that add to cardiovascualr risks such as high salt or high fat foods. While you are at it make sure to get enough sleep. ...Read more
Foods plus more: Foods rich in vitamin D, B12, DHA, and Tumeric. Exercise and adequate sleep have also been shown to improve memory. Needless to say cognitive stimulation is of utmost importance. Those activities which stimulate "large world architecture" are most likely to help. These include such things as playing a musical instrument or learning a new language. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Brain power: A balanced diet is the key. Should be rich in vegetables, and low in processed sugars. Eat fish one or twice week (watch for restrictions during pregnancy), fruits like blueberries or blackberries. Avoid alcohol. Eat to nourish yourself and not to indulge you. Maintain adequate weight or body mass index. I recommend supplements only when a vitamin deficiency is identified. ...Read more
Don't know any!?: I do not believe that under normal circumstances that there are any specific BRAIN FOODS!! ...Read more
Antioxidants, fish: Cold water fish for the dha (wild salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel (mackerel has heavy metals so don't eat too much of it). Fish oil or krill oil does not pack the same dha as the fish does. Anti-oxidants including turmeric, rosemary, grapeseed, fresh veggies including raw/uncooked) and the occasional glass of red wine. Coffee good too. Avoid nicotine. ...Read more
Not so simple: But, recommend healthy dietary intake to prevent medical problems such as diabetes which could promote future heart attacks and strokes. In general, you want to avoid food additives such as aspartame, diet drinks, MSG, GMO's, get regular exercise and good sleep. A registered dietician can help you design you food intake. ...Read more
Whole grains!: We live in a world of processed and fast food. Natural is usually best. Brown rice and whole grains and much healthier and help maintain a normal blood sugar level which feeds the brain. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants which help scavenge free radicals from the body which can be damaging. And of course water to remove wastes. Sunlight and exercise are also critical as is rest. ...Read more
Serotonin is a brain chemical involved in vital body functions and to regulate mood and sleep.
These are the foods that increase serotonin from literature review- buckwheat, bananas, dark chocolate, sour cherries, whey protein, wild fish and seafood, flaxseed, free range turkey and
beef. ...Read more
Protein! Eggs are: Great. High carb breakfasts can cause you to crash or be sleepy. Not something you want on test day! ...Read more
Brain structure: Brain function. Is complex and includes both location in the brain and neurotransmitters or chemical messengers, as well as actual experiences associated with memories of liked or disliked item just to name a few in 400 words. It is a great question warranting repeating throughout your future as more ways of collecting information are invented and discovered. ...Read more
I can't curve my appetite. I'm a food addict. I eat just to eat. I don't have a shut off switch in my brain. I can't take it anymore. What can I do! ?
Food Addiction: You may want to consider an addiction program that specializes in food addiction, while you are working with the bariatric specialist. You may not need surgery if you can find the emotional and or physical causes for the addiction, and get these treated. If you behavior is addictive this may be the answer you are looking for. ...Read more
DHA & EPA: If you mean better brain development in a baby, you need plenty of dha (an essential fatty acid that's a component of fish oil, along with epa). It's also needed for healthy brain maintenance in adults. Your body can make dha from flax and blue-green algae, but not very efficiently. Calamarine supplements (from tiny squid) are another option. Epa is important also, especially vs. Inflammation. ...Read more
Hello, I would like to know what are good brain foods? Aslo what is good for energy that's affordable?
Healthful eating and: There are no special brain foods that I can recommend. To be healthy, you have to eat healthy foods and exercise (yes exercise also helps brain to stay healthy and functional). Avoid too much animal fats/meats...It is bad for all body systems. Eat plant based foods, primarily. Inexpensive good foods are fruits (bananas and oranges/ apples), soy foods like tofu and eggs daily. Exercise 30-45 min/dail. ...Read more
What are some exercises or acts or food to make the brain function better (for studying, memoriZing...)?
Recite the alphabet: BACKWARDS. Use opposite hands. Do crosswords, watch Jeopardy, read and paint- for starters. ...Read more
Is there some brain condition that you can get by eating certain foods or too much of a particular food?
Food for the brain? Those that will help me remember things and concentrate more. Those that are easy to find.
Not perfect science: Overall healthy eating, remaining physical and cognitively active is important for brain health. But food wise, think about berries (like blueberries), caffeine in moderation, dark/green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, dandelion greens, broccoli), stay hydrated, health fats (avocado/fatty fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel) and spices like tumeric/curcumin. Best of luck. ...Read more
How much time is required for the brain to return to a normal chemical balance when changing to healthy food diet?
No one knows: Although a healthy diet is good for most people, the improvement may be very subtle. I think there is more evidence pointing to regular exercise as beneficial for the brain. However if you have significant risk factors for arteriosclerotic diseases (high lipid, diabetes, hypertension etc) as healthy diet (mediterranean or vegan) may improve or retard the disease process and benefits the brain. ...Read more
Which food is need to take....I am reading 14 hours per day because exams are very near! Help me to maintain my brain become more active?
Hang in there!: Avoid eating a lot of calories at once. Rather 200kcal every 2-3 hrs. Avoid sugar-you will only crash in 3-4 hrs. Likewise w excessive caffeine although small amounts can helpful. Tea can be a good option. Drink plenty of water. Watch intake of simple carbs like bread, pasta, pastries. Avoid fats, esp. Trans- & sat fat. Fruits, veggies, lean proteins are best rest eyes & take exercise breaks. ...Read more
I know that there are chemicals that affect our brain in choclate and alcohol. Are there in other food and drinks? And what effects do they have?
Foods are chemicals: Many foods contains chemicals that influence brain activity, like coffee ...Read more
I'm aware that a great diet and exercise is healthy for the brain, but what are the best foods in terms of constantly studying for quizzes and tests?
No straight answer:
Not aware of evidence that particular food is better for studying...But in general before studying:
-make sure you are physically and mentally rested, like after a nice nap
-avoid hunger or thirst
-avoid heavy meal right before studying. ...Read more
Why does my brain keep telling me to eat more food when I'm already full? The voice continues nagging, then I indulge. After I regret and feel guilty.
Voice says hungry: You have a serious eating problem and need to consult your physician to get help. ...Read more