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Food For the Brain

In a world where tons of foods are available in the market, we
wonder how come we still end up with so many illnesses, many of
which are life threatening and fatal. I’m sure you all know the
general answer to this. A while ago, I just read an article
that fast food can cause Alzheimer’s later on in life. I’ve
also read about the top 5 cancer causing food. To wit: hot
dogs, bacon, donuts, fries, chips/cookies. Many of our modern
day food are cancerous. Thus, it is about time that we go back
to the basics.

On this post, we will focus more on those foods that feed the
brain and help increase its power and abilities. Some of the
famous ones are:

– Right amount of caffeine (1 cup of coffee a day is
enough)
– Gingko Biloba
– Fish – rich in omega 3 fatty acids that hinder that blockage
of in your blood vessels. When your blood vessels are free from
fats and cholesterol, blood flows freely, bring more oxygen to
the brain and therefore fuels your brain to work better. Eat
fish at least twice a week to help lower cholesterol for better
brain power. If you are one of those people who dislike the
taste of fish, better take an omega 3 fatty acid supplement.

However, these are not the only ones that do a good job in
being able to boost your IQ.

The following are some more examples of brain foods. I call
them brain foods because they enhance your brain function,
makes you think more clearly, improves your memory and helps
sharpen your thinking and processing skills. They are: Yogurt,
Wheat germ, Turkey, Tuna, Spinach, Soybeans, Salmon, Romaine
lettuce, Potatoes, Peas, Peanut butter, Oranges, Oatmeal, Milk,
Legumes, Flaxseed oil, Eggs, Collard greens, Chicken, Cheese,
Cantaloupe, Brussels sprouts, Brown rice, Broccoli, Brewer’s
yeast, Lean Beef, Bananas, and Avocados.

These foods have low glycemic index (GI) and are therefore
considered healthy. This means that they help slow down the
sugar distribution in your blood stream. Fruits, even when
sweet, have low GI. They prevent one from having “sugar rush”
and “sugar crash”. Whole fruits have a lot lower GI as compared
to their juices because their natural fiber aides in further
slowing down the absorption of fruit sugar. Examples of these
fruits are grapes, oranges, cherries, apples and grapefruits.

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Other kinds of foods low in GI are grains, cereals, and bran.
Spaghetti and rice are okay too. They have relatively low GIs
as compared to white bread, white flour products and
sugar-coated cereals like that of Kelloggs. Foods with higher
GI release sugar a lot faster into the blood stream causing the
so-called “sugar rush” and minutes after that follows the
“sugar crash”. This makes you feel lethargic and sluggish. It
will prevent you from working well on your mental tasks or
those tasks that involve a great amount of thinking.

Here are some more brain foods that you should take note of:

Vegetables, for those of you who are still not in the know,
contain the lowest levels of GI. They are the green leafy
vegetables, soybeans, kidney beans, lentils, and chick peas.
Potatoes and carrots on the other hand have higher levels of GI
so take them in moderation.

Milk and dairy products, you might be surprised to find, have
lower levels of GI than fruit but a bit higher than those of
legumes. But they’re still considered as brain foods.

Now that you know the right kinds of food for you, you must
also be conscious of the way you eat them because this also has
an effect on the way your brain and your body will process and
digest these foods. For instance, if you eat legumes first then
consume sugary food after, the legumes will prevent the fast
absorption of sugar into your system. Ice cream and fats do the
same thing as opposed to having low fat yogurt with sugary
fruit. One more thing to take note of is to not burn or
overcook your starchy foods because doing so will cause them to
become pre-digested and as such will quickly release sugar into
the bloodstream once ingested.

Proteins are also good for your brain. They release amino acids
that help improve brain power. Tryptophan and tyrosine are two
of the amino acids that are considered as the building blocks
of neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters serve as the
carriers of signals from one brain cell to another. When they
are properly fed with these amino acids, they transmit messages
a lot faster and better.

Karen Prime (http://www.more-iq.blogspot.com/)

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Food For the Brain

In a world where tons of foods are available in the market, we
wonder how come we still end up with so many illnesses, many of
which are life threatening and fatal. I’m sure you all know the
general answer to this. A while ago, I just read an article
that fast food can cause Alzheimer’s later on in life. I’ve
also read about the top 5 cancer causing food. To wit: hot
dogs, bacon, donuts, fries, chips/cookies. Many of our modern
day food are cancerous. Thus, it is about time that we go back
to the basics.

On this post, we will focus more on those foods that feed the
brain and help increase its power and abilities. Some of the
famous ones are:

– Right amount of caffeine (1 cup of coffee a day is
enough)
– Gingko Biloba
– Fish – rich in omega 3 fatty acids that hinder that blockage
of in your blood vessels. When your blood vessels are free from
fats and cholesterol, blood flows freely, bring more oxygen to
the brain and therefore fuels your brain to work better. Eat
fish at least twice a week to help lower cholesterol for better
brain power. If you are one of those people who dislike the
taste of fish, better take an omega 3 fatty acid supplement.

However, these are not the only ones that do a good job in
being able to boost your IQ.

The following are some more examples of brain foods. I call
them brain foods because they enhance your brain function,
makes you think more clearly, improves your memory and helps
sharpen your thinking and processing skills. They are: Yogurt,
Wheat germ, Turkey, Tuna, Spinach, Soybeans, Salmon, Romaine
lettuce, Potatoes, Peas, Peanut butter, Oranges, Oatmeal, Milk,
Legumes, Flaxseed oil, Eggs, Collard greens, Chicken, Cheese,
Cantaloupe, Brussels sprouts, Brown rice, Broccoli, Brewer’s
yeast, Lean Beef, Bananas, and Avocados.

These foods have low glycemic index (GI) and are therefore
considered healthy. This means that they help slow down the
sugar distribution in your blood stream. Fruits, even when
sweet, have low GI. They prevent one from having “sugar rush”
and “sugar crash”. Whole fruits have a lot lower GI as compared
to their juices because their natural fiber aides in further
slowing down the absorption of fruit sugar. Examples of these
fruits are grapes, oranges, cherries, apples and grapefruits.

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Other kinds of foods low in GI are grains, cereals, and bran.
Spaghetti and rice are okay too. They have relatively low GIs
as compared to white bread, white flour products and
sugar-coated cereals like that of Kelloggs. Foods with higher
GI release sugar a lot faster into the blood stream causing the
so-called “sugar rush” and minutes after that follows the
“sugar crash”. This makes you feel lethargic and sluggish. It
will prevent you from working well on your mental tasks or
those tasks that involve a great amount of thinking.

Here are some more brain foods that you should take note of:

Vegetables, for those of you who are still not in the know,
contain the lowest levels of GI. They are the green leafy
vegetables, soybeans, kidney beans, lentils, and chick peas.
Potatoes and carrots on the other hand have higher levels of GI
so take them in moderation.

Milk and dairy products, you might be surprised to find, have
lower levels of GI than fruit but a bit higher than those of
legumes. But they’re still considered as brain foods.

Now that you know the right kinds of food for you, you must
also be conscious of the way you eat them because this also has
an effect on the way your brain and your body will process and
digest these foods. For instance, if you eat legumes first then
consume sugary food after, the legumes will prevent the fast
absorption of sugar into your system. Ice cream and fats do the
same thing as opposed to having low fat yogurt with sugary
fruit. One more thing to take note of is to not burn or
overcook your starchy foods because doing so will cause them to
become pre-digested and as such will quickly release sugar into
the bloodstream once ingested.

Proteins are also good for your brain. They release amino acids
that help improve brain power. Tryptophan and tyrosine are two
of the amino acids that are considered as the building blocks
of neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters serve as the
carriers of signals from one brain cell to another. When they
are properly fed with these amino acids, they transmit messages
a lot faster and better.

Karen Prime (http://www.more-iq.blogspot.com/)

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