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An undernourished brain leads to a low-functioning brain. It seems logical that, like any other organ in your body, your brain works better if you feed it better. Unfortunately, in America, the four most common vegetables for children – and some adults! – are:
“A child with a poor diet may experience fatigue and be unable to fully participate in learning at school,” said Hans Mah, MD, with Cabarrus Pediatrics-Kannapolis. “Poor nutrition can also make a child more likely to become sick and miss school.”
All are true, as well, of adults who do not get the proper nutrients: daily fatigue, poor performance at work and a decreased ability to fight off infection and illness.
A well-balanced diet, rich in healthy nutrients, is essential for brain health. And, the list of top brain foods are, not surprisingly, ones that also support heart health, maintain weight and decrease your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Understanding what each food does for your brain puts you ahead of the game when it comes to treating your body well.
The best way to get the daily requirement of essential vitamins and minerals is to eat a balanced diet that contains a variety of foods. This list will get you going in that direction. Discuss your diet with your doctor to find out more about eating well and feeding your family meals that promote wellness.
The primary care doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System can help you get (and stay) on the path to wellness. They can also provide referrals to nutritionists and other healthy eating resources that will help you reach your goals.
Call 884-881-2180 or complete an online request form to find a doctor near you.