Posted by: BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
Date: May 27, 2014
Your brain is the control center of your body, playing a critical role in nearly everything you do 24 hours a day—whether that means walking, talking, working, feeling, remembering, breathing, sleeping, and much more.
A growing body of research on the positive impact of physical activity and nutrition demonstrates a powerful connection between brain and body. The following describes the connection between “brain and nutrition” and “brain and physical activity.”
Your Brain and Nutrition
The brain, despite comprising only 2 percent of the body’s weight, gobbles up more than 20 percent of our energy intake. This energy comes from the foods we consume, which is why proper nutrition is so essential to brain health.
A brain-healthy diet is one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is even more effective when combined with daily physical activity and social interaction.
So, what is the best recipe for a brain-healthy diet?
The answer is a combination of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, along with antioxidants, which are also highly recommended for a heart-healthy diet.
Your Brain and Physical Activity
People often say that they feel more energetic and less stressed after exercising. It’s akin to giving your brain a boost, with research showing that moderate and regular exercise stimulates various brain chemicals, which leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
Exercise and physical activity are great ways to feel better and gain health benefits, but they can also be a fun way to spend time.
How can you boost your activity?
For more information on the connection between brain and body, please contact us.
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Disclaimer: The information presented is for your general knowledge and does not replace the advice of a physician. All medical inquiries regarding your health should be presented to a physician.