“You are what you eat,” is an overused phrase that has been going around for years. Dr. Daniel G. Amen is proving once again just how accurate that phrase is. Daniel Amen is a nationally known psychiatrist, a lead researcher in brain imaging, a New York Times bestselling author, and the CEO of the Amen clinics located across the United States.
According to Dr. Amen, good brain health is vital to good overall health and success.
Just as junk food and over processed foods do not benefit the body, neither do they benefit the brain. No amount of exercise can provide necessary nutrition for the brain.
The brain uses 20-30% of the calories consumed. For it to function at its best it needs good, nutritious food and that means eating the right food.
Dr. Amen advocates following seven basic nutritional tips for a healthier brain. Water is vital as the brain is about 80% water. It should be pure water free from any additives. Restrict caloric consumption. Numerous studies have proven that the brain functions better with a lower caloric intake. Fish and omega-3 fatty acids are vital to good brain health. A large portion of the brain is made up of DHA, one of the omega-3 fatty acids, and consuming foods high in DHA is very important for brain health. Consuming foods high in antioxidants is another necessary factor for brain health. These include fruits and vegetables such as; blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, avocados, and bell peppers. Another important factor in brain health is balancing the total protein, good fats, and carbohydrates consumed. Make it a practice to include brain healthy foods in your diet every week by planning menus around them. Lastly, plan snacks that are natural and do not include preservatives. As with the normal diet, balance the protein, fats, and carbohydrates in snacks as well.
Dr. Amen, along with Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Pastor Rick Warren, developed the Daniel Plan. It is a 52 week nutritional plan implemented in religious organizations and is based on five pillars; faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.
Dr. Amen continues to influence people throughout the United States through his clinics, his writing, and the Daniel Plan. His common sense approach to nutrition can be easily followed each individual ensuring a healthier brain and body.