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With how fast-paced our days, lives and world are right now, it is no wonder why fast food is a major food group in many people’s diets. But are we fully aware of how fast food affects our bodies or our brains?
Fast food is often full of ingredients like sodium, saturated fat and sugar. When consumed in excess, these ingredients can interfere with normal brain functioning and cause the neurons within our brain to not fire properly. This process can lead to an increased risk for ADHD, anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s and other mental health disorders. Essentially, eating a consistent diet of fast food can rob the brain of vital nutrients that it needs.
One of the most important nutrients that our brains needs is something called Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s provide numerous benefits to our brains, including assisting the brain to make new nerve cells, slowing cognitive decline, improving stress response, improving your mood and building immunity. You may be asking, where do we get Omega 3s in our daily food intake? They are in foods like fatty fish, spinach, broccoli, olive oil and walnuts — foods that are not often a part of fast-food menus.
When you are on the go, practice looking at nutritional facts and information before ordering your food, paying special attention to daily values of sodium, saturated fat and sugar. Don’t forget to look for green and leafy vegetables as well to get your Omega 3s.
The more we know, the more we can take care of our bodies AND our brains.
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