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The Central Nervous System is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The following foods should be incorporated into your daily diet to help with overall function and health. Some patients in our Mississauga, ON chiropractic office ask for meal replacements or ideas for substitution. The following brain foods are great to add into your daily diet.
Dark Chocolate (min. 75-80% Cacao)
Has to be a high quality form/brand and it has to be high in the cacao content. Having only a couple pieces a day can help with the anti-oxidant effect, blood flow, and also the memory-functioning aspect of the brain. Some milk/dark chocolates have been shown to help increase motor function (brain to muscle communication). This is one of the favourite “brain foods” for most people due to its social acceptance.
People shy away from this brain and superfood due to its expense and fat content. Avocados are regarded as a healthy fat and can be a big game changer in your diet. Avocados have been shown to decrease total body blood pressure, but they have been shown to increase the flow of blood to the brain.
High form of Omega-3’s and zinc. This is a great addition to add on top of your chia seed pudding or oatmeal for breakfast. Even a handful of these seeds per day will meet your daily minimum requirements for omega-3’s.
Full of Vitamin C and is also regarded as a anti-oxidant powerhouse when found in a “organic” setting. It can help with the removal of free-radicals at the cellular level. They will help against short term memory loss. Blueberries are highly sprayed with pesticides, even to some degree when labelled organic. Please make sure to wash thoroughly prior to eating.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A must-have in your diet. Cells and your brain use this for fuel. If you can’t acquire it from your diet (chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and salmon), you must supplement with it. This is also very important for children to have during their developing years.
Taking the correct steps on a daily basis and understanding your body is the key to prevention and living a healthy lifestyle. Each day, you and your family are making choices that affect your greatest asset, your overall ability to adapt to your environment and health. These brain foods should be taken in moderation and for those that have specific dietary restrictions; a consult with your primary health care provider is needed before any changes are made.
For those that haven’t had a full thorough spinal and nervous system exam conducted in the past, please feel free to book a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULT with our office to learn options for you and your family. Call our Mississauga, ON chiropractor office at (905)232-3100 today.
In our Mississauga, ON practice, I always get the hear the following statements: “how do I get out of pain?” and “how do I stay healthy?”. As a structural chiropractor, my job is to locate the issue in the spine, assess how long it has been there and then give my clinical advice on how to correct it through strategies we have in our office and outside. Our office aids in nutrition with our “modern nutrition” program that addresses chemical and nutritional requirements pertaining to an individual’s goals. The natural healing process designed by the body requires proper nutrients from day one and learning principles as to what they are can be the key to your success.
Today, the diets we consume aren’t nutrient-dense and are deficient in what is needed to fulfill certain functional processes at a cellular level. Just walking through Costco or any other store, we are bombarded with false marketing and a lack of knowledge as to how these big companies use it against us. A simple rule to look at is that What we put into our bodies has to be nutrient-dense. For 2016, I have challenged my patients to incorporate these simple “modern superfoods” into their diet and I also challenge you to make these small changes as well. Listed below are just some simple and accessible nutrient-dense “modern superfoods” that can increase the optimal function and overall health for you and your loved ones.
This anti-inflammatory spice has been used in my household for years because of its flavour and nutritional benefits. The golden colour of turmeric is derived from curcumin, which has shown to help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, decrease pain and increase overall blood circulation (protects against blood clotting). Using this spice in moderation everyday can increase our quality of life. Some even like to use this in a paste mixed with almond milk (Golden Milk – more on this later in the year).
This blue-green fresh water algae is high in chlorophyll and is a great team player in helping to remove toxins from your blood. It also boosts your overall immune system function. During this time of the year, it’s vital to facilitate our overall function and immune system to work at its best.
Kale is a great anti-oxidant and has shown to help with blood clotting. When purchasing kale, be sure to buy organic and support local farmers. I personally use this “superfood” in my smoothies because it contains vitamins A, C, and K and helps me get through the day.
Investing in your health each day is key. Learning more about the foods you put into your body will allow you to work towards optimal health. Read more and experience the power of nutrient-dense foods incorporated into your lifestyle. All of the "superfoods" listed above can be purchased at your local health food store. Our office is in a partnership with Nature's Source and Goodness Me here in Mississauga, ON.
Dr. Manny Kumar is a Mississauga, ON structural chiropractor that has one of the fastest growing family chiropractic practices in Ontario due to extensive knowledge on how the body functions. To book a complimentary consult for you or a loved on, please call (905)232-3100 or email our office at email@example.com.
Common questions I receive from our Mississauga, ON and Greater Toronto Area patients about exercise are the following:
1. Can I exercise if I still have back pain and neck pain
2. Do I need to exercise if I have a good diet?
3. If I walk every day at work, do I still need to exercise?
4. If I garden, do I still need to exercise?
5. Is exercise really that important at my age?
THE ANSWER TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS is… YES!
When you look at the certain requirements that we have as humans, one of the most important requirements is the ability to move. As humans, we were designed to move. Our bodies were made for speed and range of motion.
As time has progressed, our lifestyle has dramatically changed. As a society, we have become increasingly comfortable and we are always content with our day-to-day lifestyle. We reward ourselves for walking from one side of the building to the other. We feel as if we could place a check mark in the box for our daily exercise component.
So, the question is… WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T MOVE???
The answer to that is very simple. We affect the outcome of our overall health and lifestyle.
BUT…let’s dig deeper and find out what type of movement we really need.
To understand this concept, you must look at your body like a HIGHLY SPECIFIC AND VERY SMART MACHINE.
Your body is made from an amazing skeletal frame and also different levers. For this reason only, you need to make sure that there is some weight bearing exercises introduced at least three times a week to increase stress and strength to these areas. This means that you can incorporate some free weights and utilize certain functional movements such as dead lifts, squats, pull-ups, or push ups or bench press (if ready) in your routine to support your skeletal frame and muscles.
But…THIS IS ONLY A SMALL PIECE OF IT.
The other half is that you want to utilize exercises that will actually increase your CARDIOVASCULAR AND RESPIRTATORY output and allow your ENGINE (heart) to rev up and down. This will allow your PIPELINES (arteries and veins) to slowly help break down areas of excessive plaque buildup and prevent from any future related issues – will also affect your kidneys. Some recent strategies we see our friends using are High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.), running sprints, or working out at an intensity where you can elevate your heart rate to a “controlled” level.
If you can maintain focus to utilize movement at least three times a week, you will be able to maintain structure and live a more “functional” lifestyle. In addition to this, for your machine/body to move you need the proper FUEL (water and nutrient dense foods – very important and more information available at Modern Nutrition 1.0 – June 24th).
Finally, a question we had this week in the office was that even though Mississauga, ON and Greater Toronto Area patients had a strong FRAME, working LEVERS, a top notch ENGINE and PIPELINES… Where did “Structural Chiropractic” fall into this health care plan? Structural chiropractic deals with locating spinal shifts/displacements that can affect the overall transmission of the NERVOUS SYSTEM which in this analogy is the SPARK PLUG. Without a properly functioning SPARK PLUG (nervous system), the other components of the machine will NOT work to the level of efficiency as they are designed to.
The take away from this blog is to make sure you have balance in all your lifestyle components. Make sure to increase your weekly MOVEMENT, take in the right FUEL, and keep a POSITIVE thinking mind. Also, if you haven’t already done so…make sure to have your spine and nervous system (spark plug) checked for any spinal displacements. It could one very IMPORTANT component you and your family are missing on your way to true health.
Healthier Families. A Healthier Mississauga.