Did you know that what you eat and how well you digest and absorb foods directly affects your brain function?
Exercising your mind by reading can certainly keep your brain sharp, but exercising your body and choosing the right foods can also help you preserve memory and your happy mood.
Your brain communicates with the rest of your body using neurons that "fire," sending out impulses via ions and neurotransmitters that tell your body what to do, how to feel, and what to think.
Most neurotransmitters are made of non-essential amino acids manufactured by your liver. The neurotransmitter serotonin, however, is manufactured in your gut. Since you cannot get these amino acids directly from food intake, you need to ensure that your liver and your intestines are functioning optimally so that they make these vital amino acids.
If you have been following the Body Ecology system of health and healing you are now well aware that healthy food intake and proper digestion are key to liver and intestinal health. Your liver helps detoxify blood from your small intestine. When the intestines contain chemicals and toxins that are not purified by the beneficial microflora in your intestines the liver suffers greatly. Poorly digested foods ferment creating toxins, so it is critical that your foods digest completely.
This will ensure that your liver is protected from these poisons that cause it to become congested or have "stuck chi." This will keep your liver healthy and able to make the amino acids you need for neurotransmitters.
Besides maintaining liver health, most neuroscientists agree with Maria Carillo, director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer's Association, that "what's good for your heart is good for your brain."
Making sure that you have a healthy cardiovascular system also prevents stroke, one of the leading causes of dementia in older people.
Exercise, keeping your arteries clear, and monitoring cholesterol all improve the functioning of your brain, which uses two thirds of your body's blood supply! So get outside and take walks, and choose foods (like the ones we list below) to keep your heart and your brain healthy.
Another essential component to brain function, and possibly the most important, is eating plenty of high-quality fats. Equally important is avoiding the partially hydrogenated fats found in margarines and fried foods. Of course, while eating these fats is a must digesting them is even more important.
Good fats that provide both saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids (EFAs) are essential for a baby's brain development in the womb and continues throughout the entire life. In fact, your brain is mostly made up of fat!
The right choice of fats can actually make you smarter and keep you happy; they have also been linked to less frequency of depression and higher IQ's. For more information on choosing quality fats, read: A Key Health Secret That Everyone Should Know: Eat a Range of Good Oils.
Since diet plays such an essential role in keeping your brain happy and healthy, here are some easy ways to boost your brain power, naturally!
Sadly, when America turned to margarine and processed fats and started to believe that butter was bad for us, we stopped feeding our brains the saturated fat it needs to help prevent Alzheimer's, ADD and even autism. Many of us will remember the margarine commercial on television where a woman dressed as an angry Mother Nature warned us: "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature." Decades later we can see that she was right. Today, we are paying a heavy penalty for trying to do so.
If a goal in your life is to become healthy and happy, now more than ever it is essential to avoid processed fats like canola oil and vegetable oil. They have been bleached, deodorized and refined. Basically they are a poison and are especially damaging for your liver. For more information,read Why The Processing of Consumable Oils Has Devastated America's Health.
LivAmend is a specially formulated supplement that supports liver function, increases bile flow and improves bowel elimination - which is all essential for physical AND mental health. It has also helped many people with constipation problems.
Body Ecology's LivAmend was developed to increase bile flow so that toxins could smoothly leave the liver. When you increase the flow of bile peristaltic movement in the intestines also increases so that you can eliminate those toxins in your stool each day. LivAmend has helped many people with constipation problems.
Don't let forgetfulness or a complete loss of memory stop you from enjoying a long, healthy life surrounded by those you love. Keep yourself healthy and smart by feeding your brain AND your body at the same time with memory enhancing foods. You'll feel great physically and mentally!
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