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Brain Fog Foods-14 Foods Mentally Sharp People Don’t Eat

Brain Fog Foods-14 Foods Mentally Sharp People Don’t Eat

Brain Fog Foods-14 Foods Mentally Sharp People Don’t Eat

You know that a good diet can help you stay mentally sharp, but there’s another side to the coin. The following brain fog foods rob you of mental clarity, make you forgetful, and kill your productivity.

These mind-numbing foods also lead to long-term memory problems. If memory loss, depression, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are problems you’re trying to avoid, you will want to do what mentally sharp people do and limit or remove these 14 foods from your daily diet.

14 Foods That Cause Brain Fog

1. Trans Fats

Trans fats found in baked goods, and fried foods cause an inflammatory response throughout your body that increases your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Sugar

Sugar, which is a major ingredient in many of today’s packaged foods, may lead to a foggy brain in much the same way that a high sugar intake leads to diabetes.

Researchers now believe that overconsumption of sugar leads to insulin resistance in the brain as well as the body. This new understanding has prompted some scientists to refer to Alzheimer’s disease as “type 3 diabetes”.

3. Fructose

Fructose, particularly high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in soft drinks, sweetened drinks and junk foods disrupts proper signaling within the brain leading to forgetfulness and the deterioration of brain cells.

Dr. Mercola recommends keeping your fructose intake below 25 grams per day, yet states that:

“One fourth of Americans are consuming more than 135 grams per day, largely in the form of soda.”

Fructose is the natural sugar found in fruit. Fruit sugar does not deliver the high fructose levels found in sweetened drinks and junk foods. The fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients in fruit also counter the effects of the sugar.

The following fruits provide less than 3 grams of fructose per 100 grams (about ½ cup): apricots, nectarines, peaches, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, grapefruit, honeydew melon.

4. Saturated Fatsbrain-fog-foods

Saturated fats found in butter, palm oil, full-fat dairy foods and greasy burgers and fries have been shown through animal research to impair learning and memory skills.

5. Sodium

High salt foods like canned foods, cured meats, fast foods, ready-to-eat meals, and boxed snack foods negatively impact your cognitive abilities. In other words, too much salt impairs your ability to think.

6. Tofu

There’s a lot of debate about the side effects of eating too many soy products, like tofu. A study published in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, adds some fuel to this already hot debate.

The study found that elderly Indonesian people who had a high daily intake of tofu (i.e. two or more servings per day) had some clouding of memory. Studies on other soy-based foods, like tempeh, have been found to improve memory.

7. Fish That Are High in Mercury

Fish that are high in mercury, which includes shark, swordfish, orange roughy and tuna could impair memory and brain function if eaten too often.

To be on the safe side, limit your consumption of these high-mercury fish to a few times a month and choose low-mercury fish or seafood like catfish, clams, crab, and Atlantic haddock. Here’s a complete list of fish low and high in mercury.

8. Beer

beer-and-memoryResearchers followed more than 5,000 middle-age male beer drinkers for 20 years and found that those who drank two pints of beer a day increased their risk of mental decline. Their symptoms included a decreased ability to recall information, a lower attention span and diminished reasoning skills.

However, you might not have to give up on alcohol completely. Moderate alcohol intake, which means one glass of beer or wine a day, may be beneficial for both your heart and your brain.

9. Refined Carbohydrates

Refined carbs, including white bread, pasta, and low-fiber cereals lead to brain fog and reduced memory. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that…

“People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.”

10. Processed Proteins

Processed proteins, including cold cuts, hot dogs, smoked meats and processed cheese products (a.k.a. fake cheese) contain preservatives and advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), which can damage and age your brain.

11. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners marketed under names like Equal and NutraSweet may contribute to brain fog. While the research linking artificial sweeteners with memory loss is not definitive, extended use of the sweeteners has been linked to a decline in mind health.

12. MSG

MSG (monosodium glutamate) is a flavor-enhancing ingredient often added to Chinese food. This compound is an excitotoxin, which overexcites nerve cells and may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease as well as other brain-related disorders, such as confusion and migraine headaches.

13. Microwave Popcornmicrowave-popcorn

Microwave popcorn gets its buttery flavor from a chemical called diacetyl.

This chemical is thought to cause a buildup of amyloid plaques, which increases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Here’s how to make microwave popcorn without the harmful chemicals.

14. Margarine

Margarine also contains diacetyl. Research has shown that this chemical may cause deposits in the brain that are the hallmark of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

What You Should Eat To Avoid Brain Fog

As you see from the list, many of the foods that mentally sharp people avoid are foods that have been refined, processed or man-made.

To strengthen your mental clarity and rid yourself of brain fog, focus your diet on real foods. Eat whole foods closest to their natural form. These foods contain the healthy fats, vitamins and minerals that keep your mind healthy.

The easiest way to get started on a brain-friendly diet is with my 4 daily habits.

Watch my free video series that shares 4 daily habits that automatically remove toxic ingredients from your diet and flood your body with brain-benefiting nutrients.

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8 Comments

  • Joce Deer March 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Great post! Lots of advice for me to follow as I strive towards more well balanced eating. Thinking back I can see that some of these food shave caused me to have a foggy brain before.

    • Becky Gillaspy Author March 3, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Joce Deer. I’m happy the article shed some light for you!

  • Lily @militaryfamof8 March 3, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    This article was a wake up call, almost everything on this list is what i eat. I have been dealing with very bad memory for a while now, so this article will definitely be a guide for a lifestyle change.

    • Becky Gillaspy Author March 3, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Great! Thanks for your comment Lily!

  • Ben March 11, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for the list Becky. I’m glad to see that I already avoid most of the foods on this list. My biggest challenge is getting rid of the sugar but I’m making progress. I think the best advice I heard is to shop around the outside edge of the grocery store and avoid the center. The natural foods are usually along the outside and all the processed packaged “food” are on the shelves in the center.

    • Becky Gillaspy Author March 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Ben,

      That does seem to be true. Thanks for your thoughts!

      Becky

  • Neo March 13, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Hey Becky,
    Superb!! I need to start my plans for dieting but all the the don’t work. The list you have made should be black listed ahaan!! I mean its too difficult to get rid out of all these stuffs. I am sure it will work for me and I should work on my diets and specifically sugar levels they are really harder to maintain..

    Thanks for sharing!!

    • Becky Gillaspy Author March 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for your comment!

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