Keeping a healthy brain with good food

Riva Greenberg, a diabetes advocate, author, speaker and coach discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the foods we choose to eat and how they affect our brain health. Studies have revealed that the brain shrinks as one becomes obese. Yet, on the other hand, it appears that foods -- such as processed foods -- are addictive and stimulate the pleasure center of our brains. One of the big trigger foods that almost makes it irresistible to stop eating these types of foods is sugar. The brain sends a signal to the individual to indicate that hunger still remains and to eat more. The trick to this dilemma is simply to eat a lower sugar meal which then calms the brain and stops those continuous "hunger pangs." Some of the foods that are good to eat:

  • beans, kale, pineapple, fruits like kiwi, fatty fish like salmon, tuna, nuts, oysters and garlic as well as cottage cheese and mushrooms just to name a few.

In addition, Psychiatrist Dr. Drew Ramsey, co-author of The Happiness Diet, let's us know that there are 5 foods that are particularly great as being brain boosters and overall mood enhancers.

  •  Mesclun greens 
  •  Walnuts 
  •  Red beans
  •  Blue and red skin potatoes 
  •  Coffee and chocolate 

Interesting to note that the doctor also mentions that those who eat more processed foods have a propensity to have more issues with depression. You can learn about good mood foods from reading about the Happiness Diet.

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