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Foods linked to better brainpower – Harvard Health

Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single almighty brain food can ensure a sharp brain as you age. Nutritionists emphasize that the most important strategy is to follow a healthy dietary pattern that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Try to get protein from plant sources and fish and chose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola, rather than saturated fats.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/foods-linked-to-better-brainpower

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Learn about Nutrition, Nourishing Foods and Healthy Eating from Universal Medicine

Universal Medicine is the pioneer in the field of energetic nutrition, bringing an awareness that lets us make healthy food choices without having to rely on labels or fad diets. Find out why thousands of people are changing the way they feed themselves –

Source: Learn about Nutrition, Nourishing Foods and Healthy Eating from Universal Medicine

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Junk foods can impair your memory

The hippocampus is the brain’s memory centre and is vital for remembering new information. Neurons in the hippocampus form connections that are constantly being reorganised, a process we call neuroplasticity. This enables us to learn and form memories in response to the constant influx of information in our dynamic world. Junk food filled diets also reduces key brain chemicals required for neuroplasticity, impairing memory.

Research also shows that people who eat lots of junk food also perform badly in memory tests compared to those who eat healthily, irrespective of body weight (i.e. you don’t have to be overweight for these foods to impact your brain’s health). Continue reading “Junk foods can impair your memory”

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What is a plant-based diet and why should you try it?

Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources. Continue reading “What is a plant-based diet and why should you try it?”

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How Stress Affects Digestion

What Happens to Digestion Under Stress?

Digestion is controlled by the enteric nervous system, a system composed of hundreds of millions of nerves that communicate with the central nervous system. When stress activates the “flight or fight” response in your central nervous system, digestion can shut down because your central nervous system shuts down blood flow, affects the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreases secretions needed for digestion. Stress can cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and make you more susceptible to infection.

“Stress can cause your esophagus to go into spasms. It can increase the acid in your stomach causing indigestion. Under stress, the mill in your stomach can shut down and make you feel nauseous. Stress can cause your colon to react in a way that gives you diarrhea or constipation. We are all familiar with the athlete or the student who has to rush to the bathroom before the big game or the big exam,” explains Koch. “Although stress may not cause stomach ulcers, celiac disease, or inflammatory bowel disease, it can make these and other diseases of digestion worse.”

Continue reading “How Stress Affects Digestion”