How the Food You Eat Affects your Brain

Once, many years ago as a new driver, I was afraid to fill up the car with gas as I had read somewhere that if one mistakenly pumps diesel fuel into a car’s fuel tank instead of petrol, the car could actually explode! (Diesel fuel of course being more suited for boats, buses and larger vehicles in general). A silly story and a silly fear maybe, but it does make you consider the fact that different fuel sources are appropriate for different vehicles. And extending this analogy to the human ‘vehicle’, doesn’t it make sense that we also have more optimal ‘fuel’ sources that produce superior results and then perhaps, less optimal fuel sources that may be less effective at fulfilling our needs?

Writing for the Harvard Health Blog, Dr. Eva Selhub uses a food-as-fuel analogy in her article: Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food. Among many fascinating findings and insights in this article, she writes: “Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress — the “waste” (free radicals) produced when the body uses oxygen, which can damage cells.” Read it here!

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