Being alert and developing mental acuity are very important for job performance, work at school, as well as to handle stress and meet the challenges of life.
Now, one of the first questions with respect to brain power that is usually asked is, can diet, exercise, rest and other lifestyle behavior help to develop a healthy mindset and ensure high concentration levels and maintain sharp intellect?
The answer is definitely, yes!
Food in excess does not help except to make the body tired.
One of the greatest enemies to the body is food fats, especially those that may not readily be seen, for example, processed foods. They give rise to increased cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and many other disorders.
It is important to replace those animal fats (butter, lard, etc.) with vegetable oils (but these too must not be consumed in excess).
The first brain food is water. One needs to be able to have the right allowance of water in the blood in order to have a healthy brain. The brain must be fully hydrated in order to improve cognitive skills.
The neurotransmitters in one’s brain are what is responsible for all of the functions that one holds dearly. They are in charge of the way that one moves, thinks, and feels. Each of them needs to be treated well – and fed well – so that they can provide one with the best work possible.
There are three key neurotransmitters, and eating the right foods will help each to be effective.
Acetylcholine is the first one. It is responsible for the voluntary movements that one’s body makes. It is also responsible for thinking, memory, and behavioral inhibitions. People who have Alzheimer’s and memory loss might actually have less Acetylcholine, or the transmitters might be blocked.
In order to keep one’s brain, mind and memory healthy and sharp, one needs to ensure that the brain maintains high Acetylcholine levels. To do this, one should eat lots of egg yolks, peanuts, wheat germ, meat, fish, milk, vegetables and cheese. They contain plenty of Acetylcholine.
The next important neurotransmitter is dopamine. It is in charge of one’s voluntary movement and emotional arousal. Schizophrenia might be associated with having too much dopamine, and having too little might be something that causes Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, it is important that one does all that is possible to keep the levels of dopamine correct in the brain. Eating meat and milk products, as well as fish and beans, nuts and soy products helps contribute to a healthy brain.
Finally, Serotonin, this is linked to arousal, sleep, mood, appetite, and sensitivity. It also lends to excitement and is part of how the brain produces feelings of pleasure. Depression might be caused by having too little serotonin that is active in the brain. In order to keep it at a right level and active, one needs to eat lots of pasta, starchy vegetables, potatoes and cereals, as well as breads.