9 Things You Should Know about Brain Chemistry and Your Diet ...

75
COMMENT

Most of us only listen to our stomachs when it’s time to eat, but there are some things you need to know about your brain chemistry and your diet that can truly impact your health, appetite, satiety and most importantly, your mood.

When it comes to eating right, it’s not just about your waistline, or your appetite.

You should also consider how what you eat plays a part in your brain chemistry.

Certain factors in our diets can leave us either anxious, tired, depressed or irritable, or they can leave us energized, focus, positive and happy.

Consider these important tips about your brain chemistry and your diet, and next time you pick up your fork to eat, be sure to choose a smart meal for both your brain and your body.

1. Essential Fatty Acids

One of the first things you should know about brain chemistry and your diet is that our brains are comprised of 60% fat.

That’s right, though you put a negative connotation on the word “fat”, your brain is over half fat, meaning you need essential fatty acids in your diet to help your brain function.

When eating your meals, don’t fear fat, but don’t feel the need to go overboard either.

When you include the right fats, a little goes along way.2

Just be sure to choose the “golden” souces of fat, as I call them.

These are omega 3 fats which come from: wild fish, raw walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds, along with monounsaturated fats from raw almonds, avocados and raw cashews.

Just 2 tbsp.

is all you need.

Essential fatty acids have been proven to lower depression, improve energy, improve digestion and improve heart health.

Don’t go without them!

2. Careful with Caffeine

Caffeine is a tricky little subject.

As long as you’re careful about how much caffeine you consume, just a bit can actually improve your focus.

This might come in the form of a cup of coffee in the morning (two max).

Coffee is also rich in B vitamins, along with magnesium, which are both important nutrients for your brain as I'll show you later on.

Another way to get a healthy dose of caffeine is by having green tea.

Green tea has less caffeine than coffee, and is also full of the mood-boosting amino acid, L-theanine.

L-theanine gives your brain a calming approach, while the caffeine keeps you alert.

Another option is to have pure dark chocolate in the form of 100% cacao or cacao nibs.

There is a little caffeine in chocolate, along with other natural stimulants that boost mood and ward off depression.

Cacao is actually a wonderful food to help you focus as well.

Magnesium
Explore more ...