What Your Brain Needs to Perform Well

    This week we’ll explore some essential, yet simple and practical ways that you can maximize your brain health and function. Today we’ll begin with providing your brain the essential nutrients it needs to function at peak levels for the length of your life.

    For whatever reasons, maybe it’s stress, toxic environmental conditions, poor diet, or simply lack of use, we are witnessing an increase in talk about attention deficit in the early years of life and cognitive decline in the later years. Because of that, there’s a great deal of research on what can be done about this.

    One promising avenue of research points to diet as a key element in overcoming ADD, preventing cognitive decline, and improving peak performance.

    Here are a few essential dietary guidelines that can help your brain function at its best at any age. (For more information, check out the book “Power Up Your Brain” by Drs. Perlmutter and Villordo):

    1. Fasting and calorie reduction. Eating less actually produces better brain function. This happens as a result of reduced free radical production, increased intracellular energy production, reduction of brain cell death, and reduced inflammation. Calorie reduction to 2,000/day for women and 2,550/day for men is recommended.

    2. Supplementation with essential fatty acids, especially DHA, found in fish oils, 200-1,000 mg/day and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), such as those found in coconut oil, 1-2 TB/day.

    3. Increase anti-oxidants, your free-radical scavengers, by including fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal.

    These dietary actions give your brain cells what they need to repair, rebuild, and re-generate, while at the same time helping to de-toxify and protect your brain against the damaging effects of stress, pollution, toxins, and aging.

    4. Drink enough water. Yes, this one again. As we’ve said before, in many other contexts, water is essential for almost every physiological function in your body. Make sure you are drinking enough pure water to keep your body and brain well-hydrated. For most of us, this means about 64 ounces per day.

    For specifics on how to adapt these dietary suggestions to your individual physiological needs consult your doctor or a registered dietician.

    When you make dietary decisions, remember that what you eat and how much makes a big difference to your brain.


    Kevin Schoeninger

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      2 Responses to “What Your Brain Needs to Perform Well”

      1. crystal says:

        Will certainly miss our daily posts! Thank you so much for sharing!

        1. Hi Crystal,
          Thanks for appreciating these posts. They will keep coming, just on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday schedule.

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