Do you ever have those moments when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Or you have trouble recalling names and can’t seem to place where you left your car keys? While these scenarios often have us feeling like we’re senile, usually, it’s just a case of brain fog, and you don’t have to just live with it. A healthy diet does more than benefit our waistlines. It improves our heart health, lowers our risk for cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, and keeps our minds healthy. Research has shown that poor diet impacts memory and increases a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
How The Body React To the Food We Eat
To many people, the idea that food affects the mind is a strange concept. Since the brain is perhaps the most delicate organ of the body, sometimes using as much as 30% of all the energy we derive from food, this should be no surprise. Many levels of hormones and other vital elements in the brain can be upset by allergies to food, resulting in symptoms ranging from depression to schizophrenia.
Allergies can cause a diversity of symptoms like:
- Slowed thought processes
- Aggressive behavior
- Varied learning disabilities
Food intolerance, lack of absorption of food, and relief with fasting are three key pointers to the food-allergic patient. These patients usually have low blood histamine, a fast pulse, and food idiosyncrasies, which may be expressed as strong likes and dislikes. Favorite foods are often the offending foods, so the patient is like an addict eating the offending food to obtain a psychiatric high.
Several vitamins are known for their effectiveness in reducing allergic symptoms. Vitamins C and B6 are probably the most effective. The allergic patient also needs vitamins zinc and manganese. It is required to eliminate offending foods for several months. For multiple food allergies, in which this approach would severely limit the diet, a four-day rotation diet in which each meal is eaten only once every four days should be tried. If this approach is unsuccessful, allergy testing to determine the degree of allergy and the dose of each allergen is recommended.
Possible Symptoms of Memory Loss
- Do you experience difficulty concentrating at work or performing basic tasks?
- Do you have trouble remembering people’s names or simple words?
- Do you feel like you’ve lost parts of your memory?
- Do you feel like you are in a fog and state of confusion?
- Do you experience a decrease in mental sharpness?
- Are you unable to focus?
- Do you experience short term memory loss?
- Do you feel depressed?
- Do you often feel like you are losing your mind?
How Food Could Foster Memory Loss
The brain needs its own brand of fuel. It requires healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and adequate vitamins and minerals. Consuming too little of these foods and too many complex carbohydrates, processed foods, and sugar stimulates the production of toxins in the body. Those toxins can lead to inflammation, the buildup of plaques in the brain, and, as a result, impaired cognitive function.
Foods that prompt Memory Loss
Unfortunately, the foods that hamper memory are common staples in our diet. White bread, pasta, processed meats and cheeses, all of these have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Some experts have even found that whole grain bread is as bad as white bread because they spike blood sugar, which causes inflammation.
Here’s a list of foods linked to increased rates of memory loss:
- Processed cheeses, including American cheese, mozzarella sticks, Cheez Whiz and Laughing Cow. These foods build up proteins in the body that have been associated with Alzheimer’s.
- Processed meats, such as bacon, smoked turkey from the deli counter, and ham. Smoked meats like these contain nitrosamines, which cause the liver to produce fats that are toxic to the brain.
- Beer. Most beers contain nitrites, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s.
- White foods, including pasta, cakes, white sugar, white rice, and white bread. Consuming these causes a spike in insulin production and sends toxins to the brain.
- Microwave popcorn contains diacetyl, a chemical that may increase amyloid plaques in the brain. Research has linked a buildup of amyloid plaques to Alzheimer’s disease.
Healthy Foods That Boost Memory
Changing dietary habits is never easy. However, avoiding foods that induce memory loss and eating more of the foods that boost memory improves your chances of enjoying all-around health.
Here’s the list of foods that help boost memory:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Salmon and other cold-water fish
- Berries and dark-skinned fruits
- Coffee and chocolate
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil
Before you cut into a big T-bone steak with French fries, here is some food for thought: Research suggests that what we eat might have an impact on our ability to remember and our likelihood of developing dementia as we age.
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