Foods that harm intelligence

foods that harm intelligence

Foods that harm intelligence

Diet has only recently been included in discussions of health, physical, emotional, spiritual and mental. There are also quite a lot of foods that harm our intelligence in our daily diet. Following are some of the more prevalent ones.

Sugar
Recent research is howling that sugar, along with its affect upon weight and obesity, is one of the major foods that harm intelligence as it impacts brain function.

Long term sugar consumption (and we are mostly talking about excessive consumption here, though it does seem that zero sugar is better than any) can contribute to a large array of neurogical health problems, and can interfere with memory.

Sugar also interferes with our ability to learn, so it is good to avoid pre-baked foods, corn syrup, products containing high levels of fructose, and of course sugar.

There are of course sugar-free, sweet products available, like Coke Zero, but as these contain aspartame which has other effects, they are also to be avoided. Artificial sweeteners impact on our ability to think clearly and can cause brain damage if taken over a long time.

Alcohol
Causes long term damage to our liver, and also causes ‘brain-fog’, an occurrence well known to anyone who has drunk too much.

Mental confusion and loss of memory are another two of the symptoms. These are reversible however, if one limits oneself to two or three drinks a week.

Junk food
Yes, these are definitely foods that harm intelligence, as along with all the other health issues associated with junk food, new research showed that junk food changes the chemicals in the brain.

Foods that are high in fat trigger withdrawal symptoms when you stop eating them a well as affecting the production of dopamine.

Dopamine is a hormone associated with feelings of well being, and also supports memory, motivation plus the ability to learn and work out mental problems.

Fried, processed and pre-cooked food
Most processed food contains a soup of additives, preservatives, dyes, colours and chemicals.

These destroy nerve cells in the brain, and can cause a degenerative brain disorder like Alzheimer’s disease. Avoid sunflower oil or anything cooked in it, as well as canola oil.

Very salty foods
Along with commonly accepted affects like hardening of the arteries and potentially causing heart problems.

High amounts of sodium (in table salt) impairs our ability to think through problems. Salt also leads to strong withdrawal symptoms.

Grains that are not 100% whole grain
Breads and cakes made with white flower or any other non whole grain, makes you age faster and impairs memory and creates brain fog similar to alcohol, though less drastic.

Processed proteins
Protein is very important for building muscle. Natural proteins help insulate the nervous system, helping it to function properly.

Processed meat like salami, hot dogs and sausages does not work like that, and recent (Oct 2015)  research has labelled them to be carcinogenic, so, best to minimise consumption of these things.

Transfats
Transfats have become well publicised in the West in the last 10 years or so for having negative health effects.

Occurs in fried foods and is embedded in all kinds of packaged food like corn chips. Along with the well documented effects like elevated cholesterol and obesity, transfats make your brain more sluggish, affect reflexes, and increase the risk of stroke.

They can also cause brain shrinkage similar to that in Alzheimer’s disease.

Nicotine
Nicotine reduces blood flow to the brain and affects the function of various neurotransmitters by contracting blood vessels so reducing brain function.

There are many foods that harm intelligence, that interfere with our brain’s ability to regenerate, make the necessary connections for optimal functioning.

These are just a few that the industrial food revolution has put on our plates. best to do some research, check the labels, and eat well.

By Mark O’Brien 2013. Adapted for Balifoodandandfun from Fitnea.com 

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