Five Foods That Are Destroying Your Brain
Let’s discuss five foods that steal your memory, worsen your mood, destroy your focus and substantially increase your risk for brain and memory disorders later in life.
Some of them aren’t even real foods, but are marketed as food. What they really are is a bunch of chemicals with no nutritional value. Avoid them altogether!
Want to know what they are? Read on…
Memory might be just one aspect of brain function, but it’s critically important. Over time, as age increases, people can tend to notice changes in memory and other aspects of brain function.
A decline in brain function is known as dementia. This condition includes memory loss. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease, which is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s in the population is growing at an alarming rate, with a further 14% increase expected over the next six years. Worst of all, there is no cure. Indeed, the only remedy is to do your best to avoid dementia and Alzheimer’s by adopting an appropriate lifestyle and eating better.
Even if you personally never experience brain decline to the point of Alzheimer’s, if you eat the foods listed below, you almost certainly will experience some degree of cognitive decline.
So here are the five foods – or food-like substances – that you need to avoid.
Cut out as much sugar as you possibly can, particularly fructose.
- High fructose corn syrup. You’ll see it on a lot of labels. The only fructose you should consume is a limited amount from a small serving of fruit.
- Sugary drinks. Steer clear of sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, bottled teas and coffees, and fruit juice of any kind.
- Sugary snacks.
You’ll find sugar added to many other foods, but these three categories above are very important.
Consuming sugar opens the door to blood sugar issues. If you end up with diabetes, you’ll have a 60% higher chance of developing any type of dementia. If you’re a diabetic female, you’ll have an additional 25% higher risk of developing specific brain disorders.
A sugary diet sets you up for metabolic syndrome, which is a major risk factor for dementia. Metabolic syndrome develops from a combination of factors including abdominal fat, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and insulin resistance. It’s literally the expressway to diabetes and heart disease. So stay off the sugar!
That means no breads, pasta, waffles, pancakes, pop-tarts, pretzels, cookies, and crackers….
Consuming grains causes chronic inflammation and can lead to insulin resistance, both of which are big risk factors for brain problems.
Grains are also likely to be genetically modified. GMOs are known to cause inflammation, especially when they’re riddled with chemicals.
Modern farming and processing techniques frequently strip grains of much of their nutritional value.
On top of all that, many grains contain gluten which is a plant protein heavily linked to brain disorders. Research from the Mayo Clinic confirms that a diet low in carbohydrates (sugar and grains) and high in healthy fats reduces the risk for dementia by nearly 50%.
So avoid grains as much as possible. Either completely eliminate them or make gluten-free grains a very rare part of your diet, like once a month.
This chemical sweetener is horrendous. Unfortunately it gets marketed like it’s safe and like it’s a great sugar alternative for diabetics. That is completely wrong. Nobody should consume aspartame. Avoid it like the plague.
Aspartame disrupts neurotransmitters in the brain. This has been known for a long time and new research continues to back this up.
Aspartame has been shown to negatively impact learning, emotions, and memory. Meanwhile, it increases oxidative stress, which means it pushes your body in the direction of having too many free radicals, which overwhelm your antioxidant defenses. This leads to cell and tissue destruction.
All of this because we’ve been told through advertising that aspartame is a “safe” way to swing your coffee or soda without raising your blood sugar.
Anything beyond extreme moderation can have a devastating effect on your brain and overall health. Extreme moderation does not mean one drink per day. It means rarely consuming alcohol at all, maybe one drink per week, or even less than that.
Alcohol starves your brain by inhibiting the absorption of vitamins and minerals. This leads to syndromes where memory loss and confusion are key symptoms.
Any amount of alcohol will impair your sleep and cause dehydration.
Alcohol negatively affects behavior and reasoning.
Consuming alcohol spikes your blood sugar and fills you with wasted calories.
None of this is good or will improve your life …or your brain.
5. Heavy Metals
Be sure to understand carefully here. Metals are naturally occurring elements and there will be trace amounts of some in your food because they exist naturally in the soil, which is fine. Very tiny amounts of some metals are even required for your body to function properly. But those aren’t the ones I’m talking about here.
Avoid mercury, arsenic, and aluminum, and lead.
Heavy metals damage your brain. Toxic amounts of them will cause poor memory, mood disorders, and many other problems with cognitive function.
Look out for these heavy metals in household products like paint, dishes, pots and pans, cosmetics, and unfortunately medication and vaccinations.
Look out for mercury in your food, particularly large predator fish such as tuna, shark, or swordfish.
Another food you should be cautious of is rice. Unfortunately, rice easily absorbs any arsenic present in the water and soil that it’s grown in.
Help Your Brain Function At Its Best
Of course, there are plenty of other substances that don’t support optimal brain health. The five I just listed are the worst offenders. So the first way to protect your brain is to read labels and avoid them.
Then turn to appropriate nutrition to support your brain function and memory. Eat a diet high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. And check out the dietary supplement I personally researched and created called Super Memory Boost. In that product, I included 17 carefully chosen brain-enhancing ingredients that are proven to help you stay sharp for years to come.
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