The Brain and Nutrition

All this talk about the brain but what does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter especially when dealing with the high demands of life in 2018. The foods you put into your system can increase your mental ability or decrease your mental ability. Crazy huh? So it’s time to really understand what’s good for us and what’s not!

See, our bodies don’t like stress. Who does? When we’re stressed out — whether it’s physical, like someone jumps out at you from a dark alley, or mental, like you have a major project due at work — our bodies release inflammatory cytokines. 

These little chemicals prompt the immune system to kick in and fight back against the stress through inflammation, as though stress is an infection. While inflammation helps protect us against illnesses and repairs the body when you do something like cut yourself, chronic inflammation is a different animal. It’s been linked to autoimmune diseases like ultiple sclerosis, anxiety, high blood pressure and more.

But what does this all have to do with food? Well, our gut helps keep our body’s immune responses and inflammation under control. Additionally, gut hormones that enter the brain or are produced in the brain influence cognitive ability, like understanding and processing new information, staying focused on the task at hand and recognizing when we’re full. 

Plus, brain foods rich in antioxident, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our bodies whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the gut and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape.

So guess what Neuro Athlete, in this FOOD section we are going to deliver you fresh articles all about brain nutrition and best of all we will be distribution our favourite recipes that you can use to get better brain health and start living a more Neuro Athletic life! 

Sounds delicious right? 

Louisa x