Foods That Drain Your Brain Power

January 4, 2015  |  
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What you eat could be cutting your productivity at work. According to Inc., there are three pervasive food myths that could be negatively affecting your ability to focus, learn, and remember. Things you thought were healthy habits night actually not be so good for you — or your brain power.

Myth No. 1:  Eating fat is bad for you. Wrong.  “Your brain is 60 percent fat, so when you don’t get enough dietary fat, you’re actually denying your brain,” reports Inc. In fact, fats such as coconut oil and olive oil have been found to have neuroprotective (i.e. brain-protecting) benefits. It is even thought they can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia later in life.

Myth No. 2:  A little sugar is okay. Try and skip the sugar all together.  “The problem is that sugar is an addictive substance that has an opiate-like effect on the brain,” the article says. This means it can worsen mental health issues (including depression and anxiety) as well as decrease learning and memory.

And aspartame (such as the sweetener found in diet soda) is no better. It has been shown to be neurotoxic, causing problems from “fuzzy thinking” to seizures.

Myth No. 3: Coffee counts as the recommended daily water intake. Not! Caffeine actually dehydrates you so you will need to drink more water than your recommended daily amount, which is usually 1/2 of your body weight in ounces. So a 200-pound person would need 100 ounces of water per day.

According to well-known brain researcher Daniel Amen, “Anything that dehydrates you is bad for the brain, such as alcohol, caffeine, excess salt or not drinking enough fluids.”

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