Feed Your Brain

Posted by SomaLife on 3/25/2015 to Brain Health
How many times have you walked into a room only to forget the reason you got up in the first place? What about when you’re having a conversation and you can’t think of the word that’s just on the tip of your tongue? We sometimes affectionately refer to these times as “brain farts,” but if it’s happening more often than you’d like, it might be time to think about your diet, your sleep patterns, and your overall health.

First and foremost, make sure you’re drinking enough water. Our brains and bodies need water to function. If the brain is dehydrated, how can the synapses fire effectively? Our brains need neurotransmitters in order for the synapses to fire. If these neurotransmitters don’t have a vehicle to make it from one end of the nerve cell to the other, then they can’t fire, and you have trouble concentrating, completing thoughts, or thinking of that word that just won’t come to you. Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. Oxygen feeds our blood cells, which also feed our brains. 

Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon and other fatty fish, avocado, eggs, and nuts are also important for brain health. Omega 3s support the brain’s cognitive and memory function, and are known to reduce inflammation associated with migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, and can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Eating right these days is a challenge, though. Most of us don’t eat breakfast, because we’re rushing out the door to get the kids to school and get ourselves to work. Our jobs are too stressful, and we need to meet deadlines, so we’ll shove some kind of pre-made, questionable food-like substance down our throats while we hover over our desks. What we’re eating is not real food. Whatever nutrition it once contained has been ruined with additives and preservatives. And lord only knows what else. Our lives often dictate how we eat, and what we eat dictates how our bodies feel.

It’s not too late to make changes to your diet, but if you’re not ready for that step just yet, another choice is to take supplements that contain the essential nutrients needed for healthy brain function. At the very least, if you make a few of these simple changes, you might have more energy, be sleeping a little better, have better concentration, and just feel good in ways you can’t even remember feeling.

And nothing beats feeling good. Go ahead, give it a try. See how it makes you feel.