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Thursday, 22 December 2011 22:53
Everywhere, USA, December 2011— As we roll closer to the big year-end holidays, and as we think about the food and drink that we’ll consume between now and then, we thought a discussion of how to best go about enjoying this pastime, and maybe improving on it a little as you get into 2012 would be in order.

We’ve all read about how the foods we eat affect us. There are foods that we should seek out and consume in quantity, and those we should avoid like the plague.

What we eat influences our brains — from its overall quality to its energy output and multi-tasking capabilities. These include foods that can actually influence mental achievement, mood and motivation. It’s something we all need to be aware of, so listen closely.

Even as we age, our brains remain active, and accepting of the stuff we put in our mouths. If it’s the right stuff, it will help make our brains healthier than the other guy’s, by feasting on the neurochemicals contained within.

This means consuming foods with complex carbs, (examples: wholegrains; brown rice) because the molecules are longer, meaning that it takes longer for us to digest and break down, providing energy in a balanced way. Complex carbs don’t just surge through us and then disappear in a cloud of dust.

Foods with a low glycemic index, or GI (the speed in which sugars impact our brain cells) are also desirable. Foods with a high GI cause us to create too much insulin, putting pressure on the pancreas, disrupting hormone levels, and in turn, our brains.

So what should we be looking to consume? Here are but a few: Cereals (especially oatmeal and bran varieties,) fruits (blueberries, acai berries, strawberries,) skim milk, wholegrains, and specific veggies like those from the legume family (kidney and soy beans, lentils and chick peas will do fine.)

We realize that you don’t plan to sit down to a holiday meal of cereal, strawberries, skim milk, wholegrain buns and lentils, but if you will just consider sprinkling a few of these items into what you consume over the next couple of weeks, it will help.

Then, once you get past your holiday indulgences, consider adding these foods to your daily diet. If you do, you’ll be much better off.

SOURCE: Prevagen’s Jellyfish Times (visual courtesy of ahealthytomorrow.org)

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