Any intelligent person can recognize that our diets and environment have changed radically in the last 100 years. As the pace of life accelerates- fatigue, anxiety, sleeping problems, mood swings and memory problems have become more and more a part of our lives.
How we think and feel is directly affected by what you eat. When you consider that the body and brain are entirely made from molecules derived from food, air and water and that simple molecules like alcohol can fundamentally affect the brain, it makes perfect sense. So, the key is to follow a diet that keeps your blood sugar level even and provides plenty of tryptophan and omega-3 fats, which help you make and use serotonin in the brain.
- Avoiding any form of sugar – in biscuits, cakes, confectionery, other sugary snacks and also foods with added sugar in the forms of syrups, dextrose and maltose.
- Reducing your intake of stimulants – alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine containing tea, coffee, chocolate and colas.
- Increasing nutrient-rich foods – fruit, vegetables, herbs, wholefoods, nuts and seeds
- Eating more sources of tryptophan – it’s especially rich in fish, turkey, chicken, cheese, beans, tofu, oats and eggs.
- Eating omega-3 rich oily fish – salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines or trout, two to three times a week.
- Minimizing your intake of fried food, processed food and saturated fat from meat and dairy to prevent damage to brain fats
Patrick Holford also recommends taking brain friendly supplements containing essential fats, phospholipids, vitamins and minerals. The Patrick Holford Brain Food Pack contains a monthly supply of all the brain essential nutrients that you need. It is available at Dis Chem and other leading pharmacies.