THE BRAIN HEALTH CHEF

I’ve posted “Why Do We Eat  – Parts 1, 2 and 3”.   Now it’s time that I provide some recipes to go along with living a brain healthy life style.  I’ve started out by adding “Brain Healthy Chef” to the menu of items on top of my graphic with two recipes.  But there are some things you should know about eating for brain health.

The foods, and I include water in that, the brain needs are: 1. Water for hydration, 2. Anti-oxidants, the brain’s defense force, 3. Complex, or slow, carbohydrates to provide the brain with energy.  4. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid which contains EPA and DHA.  EPA is a needed anti-inflammatory that helps heal inflamed tissue.  DHA is essential to the brain to build or repair tissue.  5. Protien for a variety of chores.  Proteins are the brain’s worker bees.  They do everything from allowing cells to function to signaling.  But there’s something that’s as equally important as eating the right brain healthy foods. 

YOU NEED TO STOP DOING DAMAGE TO YOUR BRAIN BY EATING AND DRINKING THE WRONG FOODS.   You need to stop, or at least minimize, your intake of simple carbs or fast sugars.  That means refined wheat products, sugary products like frosted flakes, pop tarts and sugary drinks like soda and fruit juice and foods with added sugars.  You need to minimize your intake of saturated fats and foods high in cholesterol.  Your body makes 75-80% of everything you need.   Too much saturated fat will just get stored somewhere on your body.  Saturated fat does not ontain cholesterol, but evrytime you ingest saturated fats your body produces cholesterol.  Excess cholesterol will sit on your blood vessels reducing the much needd blood flow to the brain and possiibly causing stroke or heart attack.  So, STOP THE DAMAGE DOING!