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Foods and Drinks That Are Damaging Your Brain

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Foods and Drinks That Are Damaging Your Brain

The activity of every organ in the body begins to diminish after a certain age. Just as is the case with looking younger by taking care of their skin, people can significantly increase their chances of maintaining a healthy brain. For every good food choice, there is a bad one. Know what to swap in and out.

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Refined sugar

Refined sugar is linked to obesity and diabetes, which have been named risk factors for cognitive impairment, especially dementia, according to research. Another study found a connection between diets containing a lot of high fructose corn syrup and reduced performance in the hippocampus, which is helps form memories and regulate emotions. 

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Foods with high glycemic-index

White rice has a high glycemic-index, which means your blood sugar spikes suddenly, causing a spike of insulin in the body. A study has found that high-GI diets could be a risk factor for depression. Foods with a high glycemic index also include refined carbohydrates like white bread, cornflakes, and potatoes. Women who eat more of these foods have a higher incidence of new-onset depression, according to the research.

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Soy

The problem is the high concentration of salt in soy sauce. A study from 2010 suggested that too much sodium affects your cognitive function. Specifically, elders in the low sodium intake group displayed better cognitive performance over time. Too much of a soy product can actually prevent iron absorption which can lead to anemia. Also, soy products contain estrogen-like compounds that can lead to uterine cancer if consumed in excess.

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Fruit juices

Fruit juices in stores are pasteurized, which means that all nutrition that is heat- sensitive gets destroyed and what remains is just lots of sugarCarly Pollack, certified clinical nutritionist, says. Fiber, which makes us full and slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, is gone. Research has shown that high-sucrose diet impairs spatial memory and cognitive flexibility, especially the ability to problem-solve and processing new information.  

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Microwave popcorn

The problem is trans fats. They are unnatural fats usually found in fried and processed foods. They decrease brainpower and zap memory. Trans fat can cause cellular destruction, wreak havoc on hormone production, adversely affect memory and increase inflammation in the brain. This inhibits the body’s production of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to brain function, according to Psychology Today.

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Cheese

Cheese has a lot of saturated fats. A diet high in them can lead to cognitive function impairment, specifically by dulling the dopamine reward system while increasing the dependency on unhealthy foods, according to a recent study. This system is a critical brain pathway controlling motivation. Independent of weight gain and obesity, consuming too much saturated fat can cause impairments profoundly implicated in mood disorders, drug addiction, and overeating.

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Soda

Researchers had said that consuming as little as one diet soda a day could increase your risk of stroke by 48 percent. Aspartame-sweetened soft drinks have been linked to seizures. This synthetic chemical can evade the blood-brain barrier, allowing the chemicals to directly alter the brain’s neurological function. It is believed that aspartame can raise the levels of phenylalanine in the brain, reducing the production and flow of the neurotransmitters that protect against seizures.

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Tuna

Tuna is fine as long as you don’t eat too much of it. Eating more than 12-14 ounces of tuna per week is not recommended. The problem is that it is high in mercury. Mercury is a metal that can have adverse effects on the nervous system and brain function, especially for pregnant women. Mercury toxicity can cause kidney damage, respiratory failure, and even death.

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Fatty meats

Researchers have linked diets high in glycotoxins to age-related dementia and obesity and diabetes in both humans and mice. A key factor in the formation of food-derived glycotoxins is temperature. Foods high in protein and fat (such as animal products like beef, pork and lamb) as well as foods high in fructose that are cooked, heated, or processed at high temperatures are loaded with glycotoxins.

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Baked cookies

Baked goods are foods that some cardiologists would never eat. They are high in calories, fat and sugar. Make them at home because then you’re more likely to use less sugar and butter instead of hydrogenated oil, which is very bad for you. It can slow the micro circulation of blood through the brain further causing various emotional and physical ailments such an Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ADHD and muddled thinking.

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Fried food

Fried foods increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to research. The culprit may be a chemical released when foods are heated. Researchers saw that mice that ate more AGEs were more likely to have buildups of beta-amyloid protein plaques in the brain, a telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease. People who had higher levels of AGEs in their blood had more problems with their cognitive functioning over the next nine months.

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Syrups

High-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener, is a huge source of fructose. Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information, studies show. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage. Flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) protects against damage to the synapses — the chemical connections between brain cells that enable memory and learning.

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Red meats

A 2013 study suggests that too much red meat may be linked with Alzheimer’s, with a buildup of iron disrupting communication between the neurons in the brain. Too much copper, another heavy metal, could also have a potentially damaging effect too, and it is also found in red meat. This is another reason why you shouldn’t take iron or copper supplements unless prescribed by a doctor. Red meats also have a lot of saturated fats.

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Processed foods

There is nothing nutritionally good about processed foods. Many of them have a lot of sugar and/or salt in order to stay fresh for longer. However, foods rich in sodium negatively impact your cognitive function, basically leading a brain fog. Elders in the low sodium intake group displayed better cognitive performance over time.

Foods and Drinks That Are Damaging Your Brain