“Garbage in, garbage out,” a term originally coined in the technology industry, applies to your brain and body as well. Both can can only function as good as what goes in them.
Despite making up only two percent of the body’s weight, your brain is an energy hog gobbling up more than twenty percent of daily energy intake. Because of this, the foods you consume (and don’t consume) greatly affect your brain’s functioning, including everything from learning to memory to emotions.
Your gut has a “second brain,” called the enteric nervous system, made up of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the intestines, which play a key role in your physical and mental health. Studies suggest the quality of the foods you consume over your lifetime affects the structure and function of your brain.
Your brain needs the right nutrients to function optimally. A brain healthy diet based on plant-fed animal protein, good fats, and lots of organic, leafy greens, and a rainbow of other veggies and fruits is a good start to giving your brain the nourishment it needs.
However for many reasons, it can be difficult to get the needed vitamins and minerals from our daily diets. Although I eat very healthy, I just don’t consume enough food in a day to give my brain and body all the good stuff they need. Children who turn up their noses at vegetables and older adults with diminished appetites also have a hard time fulfilling nutritional requirements. As if it wasn’t challenging enough already, the nutrient value of produce has declined over the years as crops have been engineered for higher yields.
For these reasons and to aid in my healing from a brain injury, I began taking dietary supplements years ago. I know that they helped my brain recover faster and further, and I can still tell a difference when I skip them.
Recently, I discovered a shake-on nutritional supplement made from organic vegetables, ENOF, which I love and want to tell you about. ENOF makes it easy to add vitamin power to my and my teenage sons’ diets. (Shhh! Don’t tell them!) And what’s even better is that the company was co-founded by my yoga buddy and donates a percentage of their profits to charitable organizations providing nutrition to populations in need. [Read more…]