Brain Drain in a Can

Brain Drain in a Can

You may think that sipping a sugary soda keeps you zipping along, but it could be zapping your brain. What if you are draining your brain by doing so? According to an article in the Alzheimer’s Association Journal entitled, Sugary Intake and Pre-clinical Alzheimer’s Disease in the Community, consuming sodas and even fruit juices reduces total brain volume. It can diminish memory too. The brain must have glucose to function and it gets greedy with it, but should we be gobbling up lots of sugar? No. In fact, a 2009 study which investigated the effects of glucose consumption in animals showed that too much sweet stuff could cause memory issues or cognitive dysfunction.

Neurosurgery professor, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, says, “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think.” Since Americans typically eat 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, often in the form of sugary drinks, we may not be thinking clearly. Fernando goes on to explain that high fructose in our diets might inhibit insulin’s regulatory ability to process thoughts and emotions. But before reaching for a diet soda, think twice.  Researchers at Purdue University suggest sugar substitutes can pack on the pounds and contribute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. Diet Soda Health Risks, an article from the Huffington Post, states that diet soda drinkers have a 43% higher chance of stroke or heart attack than those who do not drink diet soda.

So, what can you do to reduce your risk of brain drain? Eat Omega 3 rich foods like walnuts, Omega-3 eggs, and salmon. Doing so, offers brain protection, and supports healthy metabolic function. If you do consume sugar, Omega 3 foods offer a bit of insurance against cognitive dysfunction. You can also eat foods like blueberries, broccoli and turmeric to feed your brain. Let’s feed it instead of draining it!

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