Fuel Your Brain With Good Food
There are 2 types of fuel the human body and brain can use to convert into energy. Either metabolized carbohydrates or fats may supply the brain and body with the energy it needs to survive.
Although our brain can use both, there is evidence to suggest that the metabolic product of fats, or ketones, will help restore and renew neurons, even after damage has started.
A primary source of these ketones are medium chain triglycerides (MCT).
These triglycerides are not processed by the body in the same way as long-chain triglycerides. Usually, a fat is mixed with bile from your gallbladder before it is broken down in the intestines.
MCTs are digested like carbohydrates, entering your bloodstream more quickly but without the release of insulin associated with carbohydrates. Besides MCT oil, coconut oil has the highest percentage of MCTs, followed by palm oil and grass-fed, Organic dairy products.
While ketones from the breakdown of MCT may provide an excellent fuel for the brain, some areas of your brain require glucose for fuel. Fortunately, our body can turn amino acids, the building blocks of protein, into glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis.
The liver can also create glucose from glycerol found in stored triglycerides. In this way the part of your brain that requires glucose receives a steady supply, even when carbohydrate intake is low.
Fats and proteins are essential to our survival but the human body could easily do without non-fiber carbohydrates. The only carbs we really need are fresh vegetables and fermented, which are a great source of gut and health-promoting fiber.
There have been few formal studies evaluating the efficacy of ketones on the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s. Since the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s becomes resistant to insulin and is unable to use glucose for energy, some medical scientists are calling the disease type 3 diabetes.
Nutritional ketosis has had modest beneficial effects on cognitive outcomes in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers have found a shared mechanism of pathogenesis between people suffering from metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Individuals with metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and the reverse is also true.
Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s share a characteristic trait of those with epilepsy, as their brains are more electrically excitable, leading to seizure activity.
Emerging evidence reveals a co-morbidity with epilepsy, so much so, that researchers recommend more clinical investigation to improve early recognition when one suffers a seizure.
During 1 study, researchers found individuals with Alzheimer’s who were treated with an MCT supplement for 90 days experienced significant improvement in their cognitive function compared to those in the control group.
One theory of how ketones are effective for brain fuel is how they affect reactive oxygen species (ROS).
A byproduct of cellular metabolism, ROS has a single electron.
This makes them highly reactive and a contributor to aging, neurodegeneration and stroke. The theory is that ketones are able to reduce the number of ROS and the resulting inflammation in the brain, thus reducing the damage to the neurons.
By reducing the number of healthy fats we eat, low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets can essentially starve your brain cells, prevent effective detoxification and diminish the structural components necessary for cognition, memory and learning.
Remember, the US government told The People to eat low fat diets.
While feeding the brain a healthy diet does provide protection against neurodegeneration and ROS, the clinical result may experience are more than improvements in cognitive functioning or potential prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
The food we eat feeds feeds our brain and significantly impacts our ability to think, learn and remember.
Below is a list some of my favorite foods that not only are important to feed the brain but also to the rest of the body, as follows:
Avocados: Avocados are filled with healthy fat, energy and flavor. The nutrients in avocados are important to your brain and skin, and help stabilize your blood sugar. They are part of my diet daily.
Blueberries: High in antioxidants, they protect your brain from neurodegeneration. They are packed with flavor and vitamins. Balance the natural sugars in blueberries by increasing your fiber intake to reduce net carbs, I eat some every day too.
Broccoli: High levels of Vitamin K and choline in broccoli help protect your brain. Add florets raw to salads, or steam broccoli spears for a maximum of 3 to 4 mins to optimize the sulforaphane content.
Celery: While extremely low in calories, celery is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Clean a bunch and place in a bowl of clean, fresh water in your fridge to make them last for a week.
Bone Broth: Excellent to heal the gut and reduce your symptoms of leaky gut. This in turn protects your brain from the increased inflammatory process that results from bacteria and food leaking into the bloodstream.
Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil (EVO): Not all olive oil is created equally, and fraud is commonplace when it comes to olive oil. Look for 3rd-party validated extra-virgin, cold pressed oils to boost your intake of polyphenols. These powerful antioxidants may improve learning and memory as well as help to reverse the signs of aging and neuron damage in your brain. Olive oil degrades rapidly at high heat, so add the oil to your salads or vegetables after cooking. I enjoy EVO daily, pour it on everything!
Walnuts and Almonds: These little gems are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A handful each day may help improve your cognitive skills. Eat walnuts and almonds daily as a snack in the afternoon or as an addition to salad,.
Turmeric: This ancient root is 1 of the most powerful nutrients found in nature. Turmeric is one of the spices that gives curry a distinctive flavor and the chemical curcumin in turmeric has anti-oxidant effects on the human body.
Rosemary: Carnosic acid found in rosemary protects your brain against free radical damage that triggers neurodegenerative changes. Add the herb to your favorite chicken recipe or spice up your salad with a few sprigs, people have been doing it for 3000 years.
Organic, Pastured Egg Yolks: What was once heralded as the reason behind heart disease, now has been vindicated. Research demonstrates egg yolks not only are not bad for our health but actually are high in choline, necessary for fetal brain development. Perosnally I never believed the good eggs were bad for us, even when many were in the eggs shunning fad. Silly
Coconut: This MCT is one of the foundational foods you may use to feed the brain, reduce inflammation and prevent memory loss. It does wonders for your skin and is a natural antibacterial too, I like it shredded on salad.
Beets: These are one of the most nutritious root vegetables we can and should include in our diet. Today beets may be incorporated into mustard’s and salads or combined into a very tasty beet, goat cheese and walnut tart. They are high in antioxidants and the natural nitrates boost blood supply to your brain and improve performance.
So…along with all of the above I drink Hydrogenated Water for Penta 5 daily.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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