Wanna Keep Those Brain Cells? Try This:

I can’t imagine the heartache of seeing a loved one’s memories fade away before one’s eyes. With the seemingly increase of Alzheimer’s and dementia in today’s world, I’m sure most people would like to ward off any possibility of acquiring these debilitating illnesses if at all possible.

There are important steps one can take to prevent this! One way is to relinquish a high cholesterol, saturated fat, nutrient deprived fast-food diet in favor of a Mediterranean Diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish.

The brain feeds primarily on glucose, a carbohydrate. That statement however, doesn’t give one license to consume donuts and pop-tarts carbs!  Don’t be mislead by manipulative advertising which destroys the godly temple you were given!

2 Corinthians 11:3, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

So increase beneficial complex carbs of fruits, whole grains and green leafy vegetables and cut out the junk! Those trans-fatty acids, purposed for extending shelf life in foods, will greatly diminish the ‘shelf life’ of your brain. Cheap solidified oils will harden, clogging the arteries, creating a sludge-like effect through which blood must pump.  Notice how hard it is for drain water to flow through clogged pipes? Now imagine those pipes are your arteries. Your brain activity slows accordingly.

And I’m sure we’ve all experienced that brain fog when we haven’t eaten for a while.  That’s when we feel “out of it”, can’t think of the right words, might even feel a little shaky. Reach for an apple or orange juice to get those nutrient dense carbohydrates into your system within 15 minutes. Then add a little protein and good fat, such as walnuts, peanut butter or soy products, which lasts several hours.

Increase Omega-3’s, which contain anti-inflammatory properties, for a healthier brain!           
Reason #1: DHA, a fatty acid, creates more flexibility and fluidity between brain cells, allowing neurotransmitters, the brain’s messaging system, to work more efficiently.  Add two servings of salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, trout, cod or other fatty fish to your weekly diet. If you absolutely loathe fish, at least add a fish oil supplement daily.
Even some vegetables contain essential omega 3’s: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts and green beans. Add milled flaxseed to breakfast cereals and yogurt. Olives, walnuts to your salads. Use olive oil to cook with and to make salad dressing.
Reason #2:  Omega 3’s have a calming effect on the brain.  If you’ve had an especially stressful day, plan on a yummy dinner of grilled salmon, quinoa and a side of garlic spinach greens.  It’ll definitely improve your mood.
Reason #3:  Omega 3’s bring oxygen to the blood-brain barrier, thinning the blood, allowing it to remain less sticky so dangerous blood clots don’t form.
(My friend Samantha has a great post on Omega 3’s http://manfonhealth.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/increase-omega-3s/ – check it out!)
Increase Green Tea which improves cognitive brain function with its antioxidant properties.
Also spice up your life with turmeric, curries, wasabi, horseradish and hot spicy foods which stimulate the brain.
Exercise!  Fresh air and breathing deeply assist with Nitric Oxide, a gas that assists with brain function.
Stimulate new pathways through solitaire, reading, Sudoku, brain games and crossword puzzles! God gave us brains for a reason – use brain power or lose it.
Romans 8:5 “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
Live an abundant, mindful life, glorifying our Lord!
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8 thoughts on “Wanna Keep Those Brain Cells? Try This:

    • Thanks Cindy! Coincidentally, there was an article in the paper this morning about Alzheimer’s being the most expensive disease because one can live with it for 20 years or more. Now that’s scary because with these new healthcare laws costing our economy so much, I can’t help but wonder if “Soylent Green” is far behind. It’s the scariest disease I can think of for me because I’ve accrued so many wonderful memories in life. Nevertheless, God’s Will be done.

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    • Thank you so much Sofia. I am very happy you feel comfortable to comment on my blogs because I so enjoy hearing from readers! (and right back at you – I’m so happy to have discovered your blog!) I feel it’s important to use illustrations that someone can relate to because they tend to remember why they should do so in the future. Our Lord used parables to illustrate a point and almost everyone knows them by heart!

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