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Your Brain Needs Fat to Thrive

Author: Rebecca CardenFebruary 25, 2015

Our brains regulate thousands of complex functions such as our circadian rhythm, hormone balance, breathing, unconscious activity, and blood flow. This means the brain is constantly working, even when we sleep. This also makes our brain the most energy greedy organ in our bodies, weighing only 2% of our total body weight but consuming more than 20% of our caloric intake. Your brain needs fat to thrive.

We know that how we eat can affect our bodies, but what we put in our mouths also affects our mood, the brain’s energy, our memory, and even our ability to handle stress, complex problems, or simple daily tasks.

Our brains are made up of 60% fat. That’s not a typo folks.  Low levels of fats in our diet can contribute to depression, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.

You do have to choose good, healthy fats though, like those found in seeds, nuts, algae, coconut, avocados and grass fed organic meat. These contain the essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that we require for health along with cholesterol which is extremely valuable to our brains health. Did you know that our entire nervous system is made up of predominantly cholesterol and protein?? Cholesterol in itself isn’t the bad guy, in fact he’s often the indicator of extreme chronic inflammation in the body somewhere. Think of him as the warning signal.

Saturated fats are an essential part of a healthy diet, especially coconut oil which has shown amazing results increasing good cholesterol levels, weight loss, and combatting brain disorders and degeneration. Trans fats are the baddies and are found in products which contain hydrogenated vegetable oils like Margarine (what the F is that stuff anyway?) and Pringles. These are two common ‘food’ examples to avoid altogether because of the severe inflammation they cause in the body. They raise cholesterol, damage the heart and the brain, and contribute to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Low calorie diets such as the 1200 calorie per day plans we see offered by some of the big name competitors really get our back up. Not only are they unsustainable, they promote long term ill health because our body and our brains are missing out on those crucial fats we so dearly need. Let us say it again, your brain needs fat.

Don’t fall for the marketing guys. Sure it might be a great quick fix scheme but guaranteed you will end up putting more weight on then when you started and will need to remain a customer for life. You will also feel the brain fog and lack of clarity to boot. Nobody wants that.

Want to read more about cholesterol or how fat makes your brain run better?

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