Did you know the human brain has actually shrunk over the last 100 years due to our poor Western diet? Worrying isn’t it?
BDNF (Brain-derived neurotrophic factor) is a protein that tells cells the brain to make more connections. BDNF decreases when we eat a poor western diet full of processed foods but increases when we eat a wholefood diet rich in nutrients.
This is one of the reasons that a healthy nutrient rich diet decreases the risk of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety by 30-40%.
The brain is made of fat and cholesterol and consumes approximately 420 calories every day!
To feed your brain increase your intake of:
- Zinc (e.g. pumpkin seeds and oysters)
- Magnesium (kale and 85% dark chocolate)
- Omega 3 (wild salmon, oysters, clams and mussels)
Mussels are especially great as they contain zinc, omega-3 and chromium. Just one cup of the super food Kale helps to speed up your microbiome and provides 608% of the vitamin essential for brain health, Vitamin K. Take regular exercise to reduce stress and release endorphins.
Ditch processed meats but include eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils in your diet.
I stir in Linwoods milled mix of linseed, almonds, brazil nuts and co enzyme Q10 into my breakfast or salads for a morning boost of brain power