Foods and Supplements for Brain Health – Nutrition and the Brain

Our workshop topic this month is “Reclaim Your Healthy Brain”. Three of the items Clinical Nutritionists, Heidi Hoffman and Jeannie Gorman will be focusing on for this class are:

– Discovering the missing key nutrients in your diet
– Learning about the KEY Neuro-inflammation blood work markers to measure brain health
– Understanding your unique supplement needs to support your brain

Date: Tuesday June 18th / Time: 6:30 PM / Cost FREE
Please RSVP (Space is limited): staff@vibrantlivingwc.com

Here are a few references to further illustrate how important food and nutrition is for your brain’s well being…

Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain On Food

Contributing Editor: Eva Selhub MD
UPDATED APRIL 05, 2018   (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626)

Think about it. Your brain is always “on.” It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.

Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.

Unfortunately, just like an expensive car, your brain can be damaged if you ingest anything other than premium fuel. If substances from “low-premium” fuel (such as what you get from processed or refined foods) get to the brain, it has little ability to get rid of them. Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain. In addition to worsening your body’s regulation of insulin, they also promote inflammation and oxidative stress. Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.

It makes sense. If your brain is deprived of good-quality nutrition, or if free radicals or damaging inflammatory cells are circulating within the brain’s enclosed space, further contributing to brain tissue injury, consequences are to be expected. What’s interesting is that for many years, the medical field did not fully acknowledge the connection between mood and food.

Today, fortunately, the burgeoning field of nutritional psychiatry is finding there are many consequences and correlations between not only what you eat, how you feel, and how you ultimately behave, but also the kinds of bacteria that live in your gut.

How the foods you eat affect how you feel
Click the link above to read the full article – (lots of reference links to nutritional/brain research and publications)

Recommended Ted Talks on Food and the Brain:

1. Power Foods for the Brain – Neal Bernard
Through a powerful and emotional personal story, Dr Neal Barnard reveals the effect of certain foods on the brain and memory. He presents the research that illustrates how simply eating more of certain foods such as vegetables, nuts and anything with colour can greatly improve an individual’s memory and brain health. This inspiring speech further reinforces that reversing brain shrinkage can be as easy as walking briskly for 40 minutes, 3 times a week.

 

 

 

 

 


2. The Surprisingly Dramatic Role of Nutrition in Mental Health – Julia Rucklidge

We all know that our food and nutritional choices affect our physical health and body significantly, but what about our mental health? Julia Rucklidge, a Professor of Clinical Psychology, highlights the appalling rise of mental illnesses in the past decades and that nutrition is playing a larger role in this than we think. This talk compels us to accept the undeniable relationship between dietary patterns and mental health to reinforce just how much nutrition matters.

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