5 Bad Brain Foods


5 Bad Brain Foods

Salty foods aren’t only bad for your heart, salt can also mess with your brain.  Here are 5 bad brain foods you should know about.

The phrase “You are what you eat” is true for both your body and your brain as well. Your brain is a physical organ just like the heart or your liver and the brain thrives on natural, raw foods. Fast foods that are available in our world today not only raise your risk of heart attack but also weight problems, cancer, and diabetes and but might harm your brain.

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1. Fast Foods (Fatty Foods):

We all know this food is bad for us. Here’s something else to consider… According to a research study released in The Journal of Medical Examination, fatty foods damaged the hypothalamus region of the brain in animal studies. The hypothalamus produces hormonal agents that control hunger, thirst, sleep, moods, and other natural rhythms in your body.

Rats and mice are fed a high-fat diet much like that of millions of Americans had inflamed hypothalamus after only one day, and after a brief period where the body tried to repair the damage, the inflammation persisted for 8 more months up until completion of the study.

Another study published in the journal Neurology found that consuming junk food was in direct correlation with brain shrinkage that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Researchers believe that trans-fats were the likely perpetrators.


2. Salty Foods:

Salty foods are especially hard on your heart and research shows salt is also hard on the brain as well.   A 3 year study of more than 1,200 participants discovered that those individuals with the highest everyday sodium intake and the least amount of physical exercise performed poorer on cognitive tests than those with low sodium consumption and an active exercise program.


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3. Processed Foods:

Artificial food additives, such as preservatives and food dyes, have shown in studies to impair the cognitive functioning and behavior in some children.   A 2007 research study in Lancet revealed that dietary intake of synthetic food colorings and ingredients, specifically the preservative “benzoate,” resulted in an increase in hyperactivity.

Artificial food additives make up more than 3,000 chemicals that are added to our foods.  MSG, for instance, used to flavor our foods, was found in studies to destroy afferent neuron in the brain, and to encourage seizure-like behavior.  A study in 1984 revealed that so-called “exitotoxins,” these are food additives that affect the nervous system, were harmful to the developing nervous systems of children.


4. Fried Foods:
Researchers in Spain discovered that substances released from common cooking oils raised the risk of neurologic degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.   With the breaking down of the chemical structures referred to as “aldehydes” are formed when veggie oils like sunflower oil are heated up to normal frying temperatures.   Scientists tested olive oil and flaxseed oil and found the very same results, with flaxseed and sunflower producing the most toxic aldehydes with the least amount of frying time.

5. Foods with Pesticide Residue:

Recent study examining information from over 25 million kids discovered that organophosphate pesticides might have effects on the children’s IQ and on preterm birth and ADHD.  Another research from Nature Neuroscience found that the long term exposure to a commonly made use of pesticide eliminates brain cells and activates symptoms related to Parkinson’s.  Scientists from the University of North Dakota found a link in between direct pesticide exposure and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Also some areas of the brain showed a loss of neurons in particular areas of the brain.