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Yes! Think of your brain as the engine that controls the human body. The food you eat is the fuel or energy this engine needs to run. When we eat and drink foods that are not healthy for us, it is equivalent to putting dirty fuel in the engine. Just like a vehicle, using the best fuel for our body’s engine will help it run more optimally. Brain cells need twice the amount of energy as other cells in our body.

Many common disorders affect the brain, including Depression, Anxiety, AD/HD, Sleep Disorders, and many other disorders. The quality of the fuel we put into our bodies can play an important role in enhancing or reducing symptoms! Certain foods have the ability to exacerbate symptoms, while other foods can actually help minimize symptoms. Below is a list of a few nutrients and how they affect the brain and performance.

Omega 3:

Not only are Omega 3’s beneficial for their anti-inflammatory benefits and cardiovascular health, they are a great brain nutrient! Studies have documented evidence that daily intake of omega 3 can slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, help calm hyperactivity in a child with AD/HD, and improve overall brain function and cognitive performance.

Protein:

Protein has long been touted for its importance in providing energy for the body. The amino acids in protein-rich foods are also beneficial for boosting brain energy! They are responsible for empowering healthy levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, important brain chemicals responsible for helping you feel alert and encouraging greater concentration. Whether dealing with lethargy from depression or an inability to concentrate from AD/HD, increasing your protein intake slightly may help minimize symptoms of “brain drain”.

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 Complex Carbohydrates:

The brain derives much of its energy from glucose. Glucose occurs in the body with the breakdown of carbohydrates. There are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are derived from sugary foods like soda, candy, fruit juices, honey, and corn syrup, and they act like an injection of sugar. Complex carbohydrates are found in natural foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and beans. Eating these can be likened to ingesting a time-release capsules of sugar. Even moderate swings in blood glucose levels can have an effect on energy level, focus, ability to process information optimally, and mood! A healthy diet balanced with small doses of complex carbohydrates throughout the day can help maintain brain energy from morning to night!

 How Can Brain Changers Help?

Brain Changers offers non-medication Holistic Medicine based treatment that includes Neurofeedback and Counseling. The greatest benefit in treatment comes from a combination of these therapies toward improved health and wellness.

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