Your Brain’s Energy Needs

Did you know your brain needs 2x more energy than any other cell in the body?  For it to work efficiently throughout the day, the brain needs a supply of calories at specific intervals, such as meal and snack time.  For the brain’s energy level to remain constant, it has a preferred energy source: glucose.  Glucose is sugar – BUT – oddly enough, sugar ingested straight-up slows down the brain’s performance!  This is because glucose is a simple sugar, which is like an injection of sugar into the blood stream (great for exercising, since it will provide instant energy to the muscles, but terrible for focus and concentration).  Thus for your brain’s preferred energy needs, focus on calories coming from slow-released sugars:  complex carbohydrates.  Complex carbohydrates come from fruits, vegetables, brown rice, oatmeal, and whole grains.  In addition to complex carbs, including protein and fat will also slow down the absorption of sugar, letting your brain grab waves of energy from the dietary choices you make.

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