Keeping your sanity in a world of insane food choices

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

smart food choicesI can’t imagine anything as physically devastating as having a stroke or losing memories to dementia. For it’s not our outside appearance but inside which makes us who we are.  According to 1 Samuel 16:7, it is truly our heart and brain, not our looks, that God also cares about!

How we treat our godly temple speaks volumes.  That which we love, we take of.  We wouldn’t throw a precious heirloom on the floor or use our favorite piece of clothing to scrub windows, would we? So if we love our bodies, we shouldn’t treat it so carelessly either.

Hippocrates once stated: “Men ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations.”  

Choose foods wisely! Strive to maintain those brain cells so we’ll live a more vibrant life! If you consume junk, your body will perform like a sluggish machine! Does any machine work efficiently when it labors to perform?  No.  We want to keep our arteries clean and pliable so the blood-flow to the brain and heart isn’t clogged and can work efficiently.

Add garlic to our weekly diet! Garlic protects our brain neurotransmitters, enhances memory retention and increases blood flow. The Israelites craved this wonderful bulb. “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic”. Numbers 11:5.  All brain food!

Increase good fats. Too much of the wrong kind, like saturated fat, will harm because the body works harder trying to fulfill its basic mechanics, resulting in higher blood pressure, less energy and even less brain power. Rather choose monounsaturated fats such as  olive and canola oil and omega 3’s.

Omega-3′s refer to omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids are the ‘building blocks’ of fats just as amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are vital nutrients. Omega-3’s are used to regulate blood clotting, build cell membranes and support cell health.  Good fats such as olive oil, flaxseed, salmon, tuna, trout, sardines, anchovies will prevent the blood from stickiness, potential blood clots, strokes and hear attacks. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain!

When our brains get older, the neurons can’t talk to each other as easily as they once did. Open up the blood-brain barrier with inflammation fighting foods:healthy foods

Vitamin E found in green leafy greens, wheat germ and walnuts lowers cholesterol and provides anti-clogging powers.

Vitamin C:  Not only does this vitamin help create collagen, thus making us look younger, it also neutralizes free radicals and strengthens blood vessel walls. Cantaloupe is one of its best sources.  So are strawberries, sweet red peppers, cabbage, broccoli, lemons, limes, oranges and tomatoes.

Spice up your life with curry or cinnamon which blocks the formation of plaque in the arteries.

Exercise your brain like a muscle with cross word puzzles, brain games or other stimulating activities such as Scripture memorization, reading or card playing. Find active, not passive activities for your brain.

1 Peter 3:3-4 “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

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