Increase Brain Power with Highly Nutrient Rich Foods
My preference for dairy is for products from goat or Jersey cow milk. Goats and Jersey cows are smaller than Holstein cows, making the Holstein milk molecules harder to digest, especially if you have sensitivities. Raw milk products are best if available.
Add some cardamom, ginger or cinnamon; helps with digestion (spicy-warm foods help digestion)
Our Brain/Mind is connected with our body; they are not separate entities, and therefore what we put into our mouth does affect us.
If we eat processed food with artificial colouring, additives and nitrates, or feed it to our children and animal friends, it will affect the thoughts, mood and emotions. This can prevent the increase of brain power
To increase brain power, the brain requires a fair amount of fat and protein. Without these nutrients one may feel fatigued, unfocused, and scattered, and may struggle with memory - again, what we put into our mouth does affect our brain and emotional health.
Fats are essential for overall health, especially when we want to increase brain power. The brain, (dry weight) is more than 50% fat and holds the body's highest concentration of DHA.
DHA comes from Omega 3 essential fatty acid (EFA) foods. The body does do not manufacture Omega 3 or 6 and must get those nutrients from our food.
All fats and oils, whether vegetable or animal in origin, are some combination of saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated acids, and polyunsaturated acids. The best way to get your essential fatty acids and other healthy fats is to eat products from animals that are grass-fed only: butter, ghee, lard, eggs, cheese, milk. kefir and yogurt preferably from raw dairy and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, coconut and olive oil.
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is converted in the liver to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) from Omega 3 rich foods and is necessary for a healthy brain/mind and body.
levels of DHA have dramatically diminished in the last 100 years. Consequently, our brains has shrunk 10% because of a lack of Omega 3 rich foods in our diet. This
happened due to an increase of grains fed to our livestock. Omega 6 essential
fatty acids are plentiful in vegetable oils,
nuts, seeds and grains. Our health has been greatly compromised due to an
increase in the diet of Omega 6 EFAs and a reduction of Omega 3s; therefore, what
we are observing from too many omega 6 EFAs in our diet is
diminished brain function, inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
OMEGA 6 EFAs
OMEGA 3 EFA’S
Cholesterol is a high molecular-weight alcohol which is manufactured in the liver and in human cells. Cholesterol is the body’s natural healing substance.
Cholesterol is needed for the function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is known as the “feel-good” chemical. Studies show low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behaviour, depression and suicidal tendencies.
Cholesterol is the precursor to vital corticosteroids. These hormones help us deal with stress and protect the body against heart disease and cancer.
Cholesterol is important for sex hormones like androgen, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
Cholesterol is the precursor to vitamin D. This is a fat-soluble vitamin needed for healthy bones, nervous system, proper growth, mineral metabolism, muscle tone, insulin production, reproduction and for the immune system.
Cholesterol makes bile salts, which are necessary for digestion and assimilation of fats.
Cholesterol acts as an antioxidant
Cholesterol is plentiful in breast milk, and cholesterol- rich foods are necessary for proper development of the brain and nervous system.
Cholesterol is important in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall, and a diet low in cholesterol can lead to intestinal disorders.
Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid known as omega-9 fatty acid that is found naturally in many vegetable and animal sources. Oleic acid is usually found trapped in triglycerides, which are lipids closely connected to oil production and secretion. Blood triglycerides help the liver separate fats and glucose (simple sugars). Oleic acid is a larger molecule, so it can slide by other molecules without bonding, ensuring free flow of blood without forming plaques that are known to block arteries. Oleic acid is also known to increase brain power and strengthen the nervous system.
Foods Rich in Oleic Acid
Protein is about 20% of our body weight and is one of the main constituents of hair, skin, nails, eyes, and internal organs.
Proteins are complex molecules made up of combinations of 22 naturally occurring amino acids. Out of those 22, nine are essential; because we cannot make them but must obtain them from our food. Essential amino acids are Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine.
One of the best ways to get your essential amino acids to increase brain power is to get them form animal sources:
Vegetable sources of protein are:
It can be difficult to digest food when we have a nervous stomach, which affects brain power. This may be the perfect time to make a bone soup and add some leafy greens. This will be easier to digest and provide enough fat, protein and minerals to increase brain power and to sustain you for hours. If this is an ongoing issue then it might be originating in your nervous system and EEG-Neurofeedback would be very beneficial.