What You Need to Eat for Brain Health – A Doctor’s Story

According to psychiatrist and founder of the Brain Food Clinic Drew Ramsey, you can and should maintain brain health with the most common diet.

There are at least three foods that people should limit in their diet for the sake of brain health.

  • Commercial baking

Purchased croissants and buns contain empty calories, a lot of sugar, and trans fats. However, this does not apply to home baking. You control the entire process from start to finish, allowing yourself to eat only high-quality products.

“Store-bought baked goods do not support a healthy gut microbiome, which is the main regulator of inflammation,” says Ramsey.

  • Foods with a high glycemic index

According to Ramsey, foods with a high glycemic index should be avoided due to their high sugar and fast carbohydrate content. These can be ready-made breakfasts, cereals, bars, packaged snacks, and desserts. However, the doctor added that sugar should not be completely excluded from your diet.

  • Artificial food colors

“There is no evidence that foods containing artificial food coloring are good for the brain, and there is some evidence that they irritate both the brain and the gut,” Dr. Ramsey concluded.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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