Nov 23, 2011
In 1621, native indians, the Wampanoag Indian and the Plymouth colonists shared an autumn harvest banquet which is considered today as the first Thanksgiving. This harvest and shared meal has become a powerful signal and symbol of cooperation, respect, admiration, synergies, interaction and collaboration between English colonists and Native Americans.
Our brave and courageous pilgrims needed help to grow the first harvest. Native Indians didn’t think about it twice: They just helped out, reached out. That was the beginning. Lets help each other out more in many different ways: Health, love and also spiritually: That’s why we live in the greatest country, United States of America.
According to Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, PhD, a neurobiologist at UCLA who studies the impact of certain foods on the brain, the key is to avoid fried foods and add more omega 3fatty acids to your diet. Omega 3s are essential for normal brain functioning because they are our primary source of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the most abundant omega 3 fatty acid found in the cell membranes of brain cells. Scientists believe that DHA protects against “normal wear and tear” on the brain, helps promote brain growth, enhances learning and memory and improves communication between synapses.
However what we tend to forget that Thanksgiving dinner it is full of brain foods. These are some Foods That May Have Been on the Menu
Seafood: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
Wild Fowl: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles
Meat: Venison, Seal
Grain: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
Vegetables: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots Source: History Channel
Lobster is one of if not the best and famous of seafoods. Lets remember how seafood it is an excellent brain food through Omega 3 fatty acids and protein promoting cardiovascular health that affects brain function. Lobster has less calories, less total fat and less cholesterol (based on 100 grams of cooked product) than lean beef;. Lobster is also high in amino acids; potassium and magnesium;Vitamins A, B12, B6, B3 (niacin) and B2 (riboflavin); calcium and phosphorus; iron; and zinc. Iron and zinc are essential to maintain healthy neural tissue.
Turkey is naturally low in fat. Turkey it is high in folic acid that promotes healthy brain tissue and is a good source of vitamins B, B1,B6, zinc and potassium. These nutrients have been found to keep blood cholesterol down. Cardiovascular health it is extremely important in brain functioning. In addition Turkey helps nerve function and growth, boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and assist in healing processes.
Here are even more reasons to love berries. The plant chemical called anthocyanin, which give berries their distinctive rich hue, can protect the brain against a range of conditions. In one study, subjects who ate the most blueberries lowered their risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) by 10 percent. High blood pressure increases your risk of stroke, and reduced blood flow from hypertension can contribute to dementia and cognitive impairment. A separate study showed that men and women who regularly eat berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. And yet other research shows that people who eat strawberries improve their memory and motor skills. In addition, berries are high in antioxidants which protect your brain from free radicals. Click here to read more about this precious brain food: Best brain foods from medhelp
Benefits of Corn
There are many health benefits of eating corns not in abundance though which can be bad for cholesterol. Yellow corns contain protein, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, starch, glucose and fructose. The vitamins and minerals available are many of the B vitamins mainly folate, choline and niacin, vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium and sodium.
Pumpkin seed oil is an incredible delicious tasting nutritional oil that affects brain function through cognitive, focus and emotional! the power of the pumpkin is in its seeds. The seeds of the pumpkin are a power food, rich in many nutrients including: Zinc, Vit. E, Vit. A, and the precious omegas: Omega 3 and Omega 6: also known as essential fatty acids (EFAs). Pumpkin seed oil is one of the top three nutritional oils and research shows how this nutrients especially (Omega 3 and omega 6) are required for healthy brain/body functioning.
Exercise in Thanksgiving: Try this exercise
And last but not least lets not forget to add some exercise for boost your brain and body. Try this Super Body, Super Brain exercise from BodySmart magazine
Close your eyes to train balance and biceps with one move
A challenging move to train your body and your mind!. When your eyes are closed, your brain and body are missing their normal cues, so you have to work much harder to stay balanced. You will develop spectacular balance, upper body strength and toning in your leg muscles.
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With feet close to each other, arms straight, and weights at your sides, lift your right thigh until it’s parallel to the floor then close your eyes while to see the full exercise description subscribe to the best Health Magazine click
Reference: Lobster Institute http://www.lobster.um.maine.edu/index.php?page=22
Psychology Today: turkey is a brain food http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200312/foodnmood-turkey-saves-the-brain
Benefits of corn http://www.the-ibenefits.com/benefits-of-corn.html