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Healthy Foods For 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
Try this approach: Consider , in the last few years, our work with "medical foods" has shown value of vitamins b-6, b-12, folate, and vitamin d, in some cases mediterranean diet, fatty cold water fish, red wine, coffee, seem of value in some cases. Since a low fat, low carbohydrate diet is generally thought to be protective, there is a secondary benefit to brain. But all of this is not definitive for everyone. ...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
What are some good foods to include in our daily diets to keep the immune system healthy, esp. During cold/flu season?
Protein + hydration: I'm not much a believer in foods 'enhancing' immune function beyond the concept of good nutrition as a whole. But go for some extra protein. And keeping yourself well hydrated will help mucus production to clear the bad bugs from your respiratory passageways. Chicken soup anyone? ...Read more
A Grainy Problem: NO!There are many other sources of carbohydrates.Many with many more nutrients too.Rice are a natural starch and noodles processed from grain flour, neither of which is essential for growth(unless you are a Macrobiotic freak)You could avoid them for the rest of your life and do fine as long as you avoided many other natural starches and processed foods. P.S. Don't tell this to the Chinese ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco in any form and do not take any more than one drink on a given day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Fiber is the non digestible part of fruits, whole grains. Vegetables, beans and legumes. You get it by eating these foods. Fiber is not found in meat, dairy, fowl or fish. When fiber foods are processed ( orange juice for example, or white rice) alot of the fiber is removed in processing. Your best bet to have fiber in your diet is to eat foods in their natural state with minimal processing. ...Read more
Cost of foods: You die earlier with unhealthy foods. And you spend more of your life suffering from cardiovascular disease before you die. The choice is up to you. ...Read more
Can the experts please talk about the most nutrient rich foods which are perfect for a calorie controlled diet?
See below: A healthy dose of proteins is good but many times proteins also have a companion fat load which you should avoid. So go for lean proteins which can be obtained from fish, nuts, egg whites and soy products like tofu low fat dairy is another good source. Avoid refined sugars and saturated fats which are often found in animal products like meats and in regular dairy products(milk and ice creams). ...Read more
Protein, f,v, starch: 1/4 plate as protein, 1/4 plate as complex carbohydrates ( whole grains for example), 1/4 plate as vegetables, and 1/4 plate as fruit. Vary the complex carbohydrates to include legumes, potatoes, yams, and vary the vegetables in color. Aim for lean proteins- 3 ounces a serving of meat, chicken, fish. Try fresh fruits and vegetables, try to avoid fried foods and processed foods. ...Read more
What the acids...: Diet in general isn't the only way to keep teeth healthy. I advise you to watch the acidic food and drinks, like sugared sodas and sucking on citrus fruits. The best thing you can do for healthy teeth is to brush and floss regularly and get regular and timely checkups with x-rays at your dentist. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Main Meals: It is good to have a lean protein, complex carbohydrate, a fresh fruit and serving of vegetable at each meal. Healthy snacks might include 1 tbsp of peanut butter on a fresh fruit or celery and carrots. Try to get variety, moderation and balance into your meals. Aim for 1/4 plate as protein, 1/4 as whole grains, 1/4 as fruit and 1/4 as vegetables. ...Read more
Healthy snacks: Anything that comes out of the ground--or off a plant or tree! anything that comes in a wrapper or package with "nutrition facts" on it is almost always processed, salty, and full of preservatives. Any fruit, vegetable, or grain (all which can be delicious!) will make your snacking a delight. ...Read more
Natural Origin, No!: The idea the saturated fats were unhealthy was dishonestly promoted by ancel keys, starting in 1953. This was his "theory", though the evidence available to him contradicted his theory. So what did he do? He cherry picked the data - fraudulant, & did not look at other factors. Study: "how the government makes you fat", "stossel debunking food myths" foxnews, also nusi.Org. "lustig fatchance", etc. ...Read more
The macronutrients: are protein, good fats, and carbs. We need them all. Avoid junk food, especially anything w/high fructose core syrup in it, like soda. See your doc to make sure the food plan you are thinking of is good for you. Coenzyme Q 10 is a good supplement for overall cardiovascular health. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex carbs.: For sustained energy through the morning, focus on complex carbohydrates and fiber. Foods like high fiber breakfast cereals, multi grain bread for toast and berries,will keep you going. A B complex vitamin will help your body use the carbohydrates efficiently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer