Feeding the Brain

    Your brain is probably the most important organ in your body. Legal death is generally considered to occur when the brain stops. Yet few of us consider it when deciding what to eat or drink.
    Several books have come out recently telling us how we can keep our brains functioning well into our senior years with mental activities such as having hobbies, working puzzles, reading, or simply socializing and having conversations with other people. All of that is good, but we also need to consider the effects of the foods we eat.
    Our brain uses almost thirty percent of the oxygen we breath in. That’s quite a lot for an organ that only makes up maybe one or two percent of our total weight. I’m sure by now we all know from the news stories that when someone gets trapped in a mine or underwater and can’t breath, the first thing that is damaged is the brain. What few people realize is that what you eat affects how well your body takes in and uses oxygen. In short, a diet high in meats (especially red meat) and highly processed foods reduces our ability to take in oxygen while a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables increases it. Organic food is best.  It’s fine to eat junk food occasionally, but it shouldn’t be most of your diet. 

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  1. Reverend Harold Boulette says:

    So many have forgotten that Hypocrities, considered the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food”, meaning that eating healthy is the most important thing you can do for your health.

  2. rosie says:

    I have recently been reading about this myself. It really isn’t something most people think about but we really should. The average American thinks of food as pleasure but it should be thought of as medicine, both preventative and healing. It’s quite interesting once you start learning about it. This was a great post.

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