I would like to cover something slightly different in this article the brain and nutrition please, bear in mind that I am not any kind of expert on the subject of diet as such, but I do believe it is relevant to our subject matter that of self-protection and its main aim is to help you improve your performance both physically and mentally.
But first, a little bit of information that you may find interesting about a little known group of people who some live to be 145 years of age and highlights the importance of having a healthy body and mind with the aid of the correct nutrition and physical exercise.
The first westerner to discover these mysterious people around the 1920s and 30s was a Scottish physician by the name of Doctor, MacCarrison, an adventurer by nature spent seven years living amongst this tiny group of people called the Hunzas. They live in the remote mountain peaks area of the Himalayas at the extreme north point of India, and more or less cut off from the outside world. Their origins are a mystery. However, one of the first things the Doctor observed was that they had exceptional health and as far as he could tell they suffered from no diseases what so ever.
Interestingly, they appeared to be completely immune to all so-called modern diseases for instance: cancer and heart disease. He discovered their diet consisted mainly of fresh grains, barley, millet, buckwheat and some meat, plus, fruits and vegetables. Meat was consumed very rarely and was reserved for special occasions. But chicken was their most common source of animal protein. Nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and beech nuts formed an important part of the Hunza diet too, regular walks of 15-20 kilometers was considered quite normal, relaxation and meditation was also regularly practiced by both young and old.
Food for thought
It is said by those more knowledgeable than me that the brain is the greatest organ in your body. You see it requires a very specific type of nutrition from your diet, so you should not be surprised to know that your diet affects how your brain performs.
As an example, a good start to the day would be to include a hearty breakfast a salad which is full of antioxidants plus, vitamins C and E as well as, Beta- Carotene. All this helps to reduce damage from free-radicals, those harmful critters molecules that move around the body doing damage. By doing this you will give your brain the fuel it needs to keep working optimally throughout the day. Also, a good burst of glucose works wonders if taken throughout the day.
In addition, as you grow older, your brain loses its capability to defend itself against those marauding free-radicals which can cause inflammation and oxidation so as you get older you need more nutrition than when you were young. On top of that, free-radicals can slowly build up if they are not destroyed and can cause short-term memory loss. As a result it can slow you down the essential processes in your brain like thinking. Therefore, anti-oxidants are essential to maintaining good health and a good memory.
Good sources of anti-oxidants are: Spinach, carrots vitamin A and Beta Carotene.
Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, Broccoli, Strawberries and Tomatoes.
Vitamin E: Nuts, seeds, vegetable oil and wheat germ to name just a few.
Fatty foods causes clogging of the arteries and can disrupt the body’s natural activities, in order to prevent that cut back on fatty foods and replace them with foods rich in antioxidants. To ensure you have a well-balanced meal and your body doesn’t lack any of the essential nutrients it may be advisable to take food supplements which may help. Remember though, they are just supplements and are in no way a replacement for a well- balanced meal.
Fish is also known for improving your memory and scientific research has shown that eating fish which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acid DHA helps with brain development in children. In schools where kids have sat IQ tests those who regularly eat fish scored significant higher marks than those who did not. Fish contains Omega 3 which helps your brain operate at peak performance, which is important should you find yourself having to deal with any unprovoked violent confrontation in the street successfully.
Finally, if you train your best you can win anywhere in the world against anybody. The real contest however is between what you’ve done and what you’re capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else, you have to give 100 percent, because if you don’t, someone else will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet.