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What’s Important for a Healthy Brain?

On his website, Dr. Mark Hyman shared how he struggled with what he calls “brain fog” several years ago. He just wasn’t operating at peak performance. The source of his problems was mercury poisoning. Because of his experience, he has developed seven suggestions for those looking to optimize their brain health naturally.

  • Eat Good Food

Dr. Hyman refers to what he calls “real food.”  These are foods that are unprocessed, organic, whole, fresh, and locally available. Highly processed foods can cause a lot of problems for the human body, including the brain.

  • Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Specifically, eat lots of fruits and veggies that are rich in color. Referred to as “superfoods” these foods contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. When at the market, look for the foods that are deep green, red, yellow, or blue.

  • Eat “Slow” Carbohydrates

These include plant-based foods that have a lot of fiber, not highly processed carbs.  Consider eating:

  • Nuts seeds
  • Whole grains that are non-gluten based.
  • Beans in small amounts.
  • Eat Healthy Fats

Fats that contain omega-3 fats can contribute to brain health too. Try salmon and other fish for a healthy dose. According to Dr. Hyman, sixty percent of the brain consists of omega-3 fats.  Also, Hyman suggests MCT fats from coconut oil.

  • Get Enough Protein

Make sure your diet contains about 30 grams of protein for every meal for muscle health. This is improves brain health too. Eggs that contain omega-3, nut butter shakes, and fish are all examples.

  • Eliminate Sugar

Eliminate foods with high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, additives, trans fats, and sugar.

  • Take a Supplement

Consider a multivitamin supplement along with others that have:

  • Magnesium
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin B6 and B12.
  • Vitamin D3
  • Omega-3
  • Probiotics

Test for other issues if these ideas aren’t helpful. Food allergies and environmental toxins may be to blame.

Want to learn more about what you can do to promote brain health. You can read the full post by Dr. Mark Hyman here:  “7 Steps to a Super Brain”.