A Diet That Allows You to Preserve Clarity of Mind

According to the World Health Organization (hereinafter, the WHO), today there are more than a billion people who are overweight. Of these, approximately 350 million are suffering from obesity. More than 2 million people a year die from the effects of this disease.

For comparison: according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) based in Rome, malnutrition affects about 850 million people in the world each year.

The forecasts are even less reassuring: the WHO reports that by 2015 2.2 billion of the world’s people will be excessively overweight and nearly 700 million obese. There is virtually no place on Earth where people are not concerned about being overweight to some degree!

A fulfilled life is difficult…

Excess weight reduces the quality of lives and seriously reduces the length of life. Excess weight is a risk factor contributing to the development of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality: 17 million people worldwide die annually from heart disease. Diabetes develops much more frequently in the obese than people of normal weight. According to the WHO, the mortality from this disease will increase by 50% in the next decade. Even cancers such as breast cancer and colon cancer can be triggered by obesity.

Being overweight doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which is colloquially referred to as dementia. In the world today there are about 34 million people afflicted with this. Dementia develops as a result of build-up in the blood vessels of the brain resulting in turn, in diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension and high cholesterol. All the factors that increase the risk of heart disease increase the risk of developing dementia.

Taking care of the heart will save the brain!

All that is good for the heart has a great impact on the brain! This is the conclusion of American scientists who have been studying Alzheimer’s disease over many years. Expert suggestions on a healthy lifestyle and nutrition for the normal functioning of the heart and brain are virtually identical.

If you want to take care of your heart and brain, you need to control your weight, eat well, and move a lot. Your diet should contain fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, herbs. Try to eat more foods high in Omega-3 and Omega-6: fish, eggs and nuts. Products should contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, which helps our brain to relieve stress and provides it with energy. Physical activity and quitting smoking slows the aging process, whereas smokers and overweight people approaching old age risk losing their clarity of mind!

The cure for Alzheimer’s disease has not been found but anyone can prevent its cause, blood clots. Here’s the recipe: a healthy lifestyle and wholesome balanced meals!

Eat right

If you want to think clearly, quickly assimilate information and improve your memory, you should avoid foods high in saturated fats, bad carbs and refined sugar. Fatty foods, snacks such as potato chips or crackers, alcohol, caffeine, give a false sense of "toning", but actually inhibit the absorption of nutrients the body needs.

Carbohydrates, fats and proteins: what to feed the brain?

It is believed that our brains would work worse without sugar. But that’s not quite true. Sugar quickly enters the blood and stimulates the brain. But the effect of it is short, because the insulin produced by the pancreas almost immediately lowers blood sugar levels. As a result, this process reduces the overall efficiency of the brain and may even cause apathy. Incidentally, the "wrong" carbs can be transformed into fat and can find a cosy place on our waist! And it’s the useful "slow" carbohydrates that give us energy and help to keep us attentive. They can be obtained from whole-wheat bread, nuts, rice and muesli.

"Bad" fats adversely affect the human brain: they oppress its work, impair memory, and the ability to assimilate information. But proteins are essential for normal brain functioning! Protein helps produce dopamine and epinephrine, which stimulates the brain, and increases its capacity. Protein containing a minimum of fat also contributes to brain activity and prolongs the youthfulness of the brain. This protein is found in diet cottage cheese, poultry, and lean fish.

What else do our brains need?

Ideally, the brain must receive a range of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. For example, zinc improves memory and makes it easier to concentrate. This trace mineral is necessary for the brain and is found in fish, bread, meat, turkey. Iodine is very useful for the brain: seafood and some species of fish are rich in it.

Calcium is necessary for the normal functioning of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. A large amount of calcium is found in dairy products, cheese, dried apricots. The action of magnesium is similar to the action of calcium. Magnesium is found in bananas, wheat, skimmed milk. An iron deficiency may adversely affect the ability to memorize information and attention span. Iron is found in meat, meat byproducts, dried fruits, beans, green vegetables.

Vitamin C activates the brain and improves intellectual ability. Overloading the body with vitamin C is very difficult and has considerable benefit. A large quantity of vitamin is found in fresh vegetables and fruits (especially citrus fruits) and greens.

Vitamin B1 which is found in nuts, wheat bran, cereals, lean meat and has a positive effect on memory. It is found in skimmed milk and flour products. Vitamin B12 enhances the ability to memorize and analyse, and protects the brain from fatigue. It is found in meat. By the way, do not forget to drink plenty of purified carbonated water. But not sweet drinks! Then your brain and your body will say "thank you"!

How to solve the problem of adequate nutrition?

In everyday life, it is very difficult to organize a balanced diet with the right amount of micronutrients, vitamins and minerals. If one considers that many of us need to lose weight or take care to maintain our weight, it makes this task even more complicated.

Science comes to our aid. The high quality products line from ISIFFitness was developed by a team of scientists, nutritionists, doctors and biologists in France specifically so you and I can eat well and obtain all the necessary nutrients without spending a lot of time and energy cooking.

The ISIFFitness products consist of top quality, natural ingredients that the body requires. Judge for yourself: healthy nutritional shakes rich in protein and carbohydrates, ISIFFitness soups and desserts contain a complete set of vital substances — 11 minerals (sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, iodine, selenium, magnesium, manganese) and the complex essential vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B10, B12, C, D and E). They contain a balanced amount of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, lipids, biotin, Omega-3 and Omega-6.

ISIFFitness products can be easily turned into a full meal in any environment: home, office or on the road. They are very tasty and easy to prepare. By eating low-calorie ISIFFitness foods, you will always be in good shape and in good spirits, because these products have all you need for the normal functioning of your heart, brain and body as a whole!

Move!

Studies of American experts have shown that people involved in sports in middle age are less prone to Alzheimer’s disease in old age. Physical exercise can keep the body fit, and control weight. In addition, regular exercise helps retain insulin levels and thus prevent the development of chronic diseases. Only 30 minutes of physical activity a day and you will be active and healthy for years!

Nourish your brain with intellectual food!

Mental activity helps preserve the clarity of mind in later years. It is known that people engaged in mental activity are 3–4 times less prone to dementia than those who do nothing but physical labour. Stimulate the brain at any age. Develop your intelligence, learn new things, live a full active life, and your sharp and clear mind will be interesting to others even 20 and 30, and 50 years later!

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