Give Coffee a Break: Foods to Help You Stay Alert

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A vital issue when seeking to equalize brain chemistry has to do with a vital tool in the brainpower chest: the eat-right prescription: Are you getting enough of the right fuel to nourish your brain and keep essential chemicals stable?

When you eat food, your digestive system breaks it down into individual nutrients, like glucose and amino acids, to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Once absorbed, specific nutrients cross into the brain to speed the production of mood-enhancing nuerotransmitters, such as serotonin. What we eat-or don’t eat-can have a profound affect on our mood, appetite and fat-burning capacity.

For example, a raging appetite and slowed metabolic rate are clues to a brain fuel deficit, bringing an almost addictive pull toward certain foods. Your brain may be in need of certain nutrients found in everyday foods to bring peace to the warfare within your mind. Eating, and eating often, is a big part of the solution.

Your brain has only one fuel source: glucose. If deprived of its energy source, the brain functions at a deficit. Not eating is starving the brain, and the resulting drop in blood sugar sends you into “brain alert.” This spells bad news for your appetite and your weight: the brain sends out the call to eat, eat too much, and eat the wrong things.

Power Snack!
Instead of waiting for that call of the wild, you can call off the alert, and even prevent it, by eating the mini-meals suggested in all of my books. “Power snacking” is also a valuable tool for equalizing brain chemistry because it gives you an immediate supply to meet the demand. Remember the eat-right prescription: Eat early, eat often, eat balanced, eat lean, eat bright and drink LOTS of water! Overcoming dehydration will improve your blood circulation, which in turn will take your brain’s feel-good chemicals throughout your body more efficiently.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Pam Smith

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