Forgetful? Treat It with Food

Am seated at a restaurant, wondering just what I forgot, just how I forgot and mostly why I keep forgetting. Was it an appointment with my doctor? An important meeting or what exactly was it. My friend suddenly calls me, tells me she forgot she was to meet me. Another client texts me, tells me she needs to get remedy for her forgetful acts. Maybe you can relate to this story. Looking at us today, we have suddenly become forgetful. Forgetfulness is related to what you eat! Surprised? But yes, you may have started being forgetful because of what you have or have not been eating!

However, most times we find ourselves sluggish, forgetful, out of shape and thus ineffective vessels from what we have become. We blame the food we buy. We say it is how others are growing their food. We say it is a new lifestyle that has come. We have all sorts of reasons apart from taking charge to guard our temple through choosing the right food. Forgetfulness is a menace to our lives and we just do not know how to deal with it. Forgetfulness is caused by psychological stress, normal aging, side effects of medication, dementia and other brain related causes such as brain tumors. These can all be diagnosed by the doctor, if you feel that you have suddenly become too forgetful. As well, it is important to check whether you have incorporated the following foods in your diet.

  • Oily fish- this includes the fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids that is paramount for your brain performance. You can form a habit of having omega 3 supplements in your diet for at least 3 times a week if you cannot find fish often.
  • Coconut oil- this is the best fuel for your brain. The coconut oil contains fatty acids that allow your brain to function in terms of enhancing memory.
  • Eggs- having eggs in your diet certainly elevates your memory. Eggs have got an element known as choline that helps in production of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter in the brain. However, take the eggs sparingly with a limit of 3 per week because they are high in cholesterol.
  • Vitamin B complex- these are vitamins that help in promotion of brain and immune system. They protect the nerves and enhance your memory in producing neurotransmitters necessary for your body. They include whole grains such as beans, Ndengu*, Njahi* and other cereals that you can find. Vitamin B can also be obtained from bananas and avocados.

Apart from incorporating these foods, make sure that your blood sugar levels are steady in the body. This is to avoid straining the brain’s blood circulation. Employ exercises and get enough sleep despite the busy life. Take charge of your body, stop forgetting today!

Written by Nduta Wambura

Nduta Wambura is a certified Clinical Nutritionist and Public Health advocate

Website: http://www.ask-thenutritionist.com