Supporting Healthy Brain Function with Nutrition
Like the body, the brain needs proper nutrition to operate at peak performance. Over time fast food, poorly balanced diets, chemicals, preservatives and the like take a toll on our brain, just like our bodies.
What is the Brain, Psychotherapy/Counseling, Nutrition connection? Both neurofeedback and therapy are processes that allow the brain to rewire itself in ways that feels and works better. Now imagine how much more impactful supplying your brain with the nutrients it needs to support that rewiring process can be. Choosing the right foods provides the building blocks and fuel for a healthy brain. Talk therapy or psychotherapy also is enhanced by the brain functioning at its peak.
Despite constant media coverage, the majority of Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables each day. In fact, a Johns Hopkins study found that less than 1/3 of American adults meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake. Yet, scientists and health advocates are increasingly telling Americans that they must consume these kinds of foods in order to avoid a myriad of age-related problems.
Targeted Nutrition for Specific Conditions
Optimal nutrition benefits every aspect of brain health, but we can also use targeted nutrition to affect specific conditions, such as depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, and more.
There’s a huge connection between mood and food. The gut-brain axis is getting a lot of attention from researchers these days, and rightly so. Did you know 95% of the body’s serotonin, the “happy” neurotransmitter, is made in the gastrointestinal tract? The gut is now called “the second brain” because of the direct line of influence it has on the brain and behavior. You can protect the health of your gut by eating more along the lines of a Mediterranean diet, which includes more plant foods and prebiotics.
Depression, migraines, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, and ADHD all have a relationship with vitamin and mineral deficiencies, specifically magnesium, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants. These micronutrients are key components of brain balance, and nutrition counseling can identify where those gaps lie and how to close them.
We also must consider the quality of a food group. The brain is primarily made of fat, so it’s no surprise that memory problems and learning disorders can be improved by improving the type of fats in the diet. Getting enough healthy fats and antioxidants is necessary to protect the brain tissue. In fact, many neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, are connected to an inflamed brain environment that could be cooled down with the right antioxidants from food.
Enhance Your Brain Health Journey with Proper Nutrition
Let’s figure out what you need to reach your goals. Developing a healthy brain diet does not mean eating boring or exotic food. To help you on your journey, The Brain Wave Center has partnered with Mikka Knapp, RDN, LDN, CLT (View her bio here) of Bright Body Nutrition. Mikka offers a myriad of Nutrition Counseling services and will help you choose the path that is right for You.
Nutrition Counseling could include:
- Meal Planning
- Advanced Testing
- Grocery Store Tour
- Pantry/Refrigerator Makeover
With nutrition counseling, you will meet one-on-one with Mikka and discuss your health goals. She will identify areas of your diet that can be modified to get you closer to your goals and your brain functioning at its best.
Together, you and Mikka will look at what’s working for you and what’s not. You’ll develop tools and strategies so you’re not staring blankly into the refrigerator thinking “what the heck am I supposed to eat?”
Contact us for a FREE call where we determine which type of service is right for you at 941-552-4500.