1. Keep blood sugar stabilized - The brain needs a steady supply of glucose to make ATP, its energy chemical. Without adequate ATP, the brain has an energy drain, and its function decreases. The best way to accomplish this is to control your insulin levels.
Consider how you feel about an hour after eating pasta, bread or sugar. You are sleepy, your thinking is fuzzy and you have difficulty concentrating. Your glucose is driven down so low that brain function is compromised. It searches for glucose to make ATP so it can energize itself and guess what? You seek out more carbohydrates (sugar) because your brain is telling you to bring in more glucose - NOW! You head to the vending machine and grab a candy bar and a coke, get a temporary fix and the cycle starts all over again. Instead of having steady amounts of glucose for your brain, you give it peaks and valleys. So how do you keep glucose stabilized?
That's quite a bit to digest all at once. I'll leave it at that for now. Check back in a couple days and I'll share my advice and tips on Heart Health (the fifth and final topic) in Part Two of this article.