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Eating Well is Jiu-Jitsu: A sound mind in a sound body.

A sound mind in a sound body.

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Body, mind and spirit. These are the 3 main pillars that are part of the life style of the gentle art practitioners. We do know that our body won’t work well and correctly during the trainings if the mind and the spirit are not on the same page.

Thus, we do have to look for foods that can bring benefits to both our physical and mental health. The learning is endless and day by day, new research and studies come up, bringing new discoveries. The universe conspires in our favor and the (right) foods, with each passing day, will show their efficacy and multiple benefits to our health.

Some foods can really assist in preventing many diseases, like psychic illnesses (Alzheimer, Schizophrenia, Parkinson and depression). A healthy and balanced diet can improve the memory and concentration, especially in older ages.

A sound mind in a sound body, right? So it is time to discover (or rediscover) powerful foods for our mental health.

Oat – Source of ‘B-Complex’, it helps to regulate the information transmission between the neurons;

Honey-PotChia, linseed, fish oil – They are high in omega-3, which participates in the neurons building and protection.

Turmeric – It has an antioxidant action, helping to prevent degenerative nerve diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson;

Soy lecithin – It is a source of choline and also contributes to the neuron formation. Besides, it brings phospholipids. The phosphorus is an important mineral to the memory and its intake during the pregnancy and nursing also helps significantly in the baby’s cerebral development.

Grape, cranberry, mulberry and ‘açaí’ juices – These fruits are source of anthocyanin, an antioxidant phytochemical, which combats the free radicals, responsible for damaging the cells.

Honey – It stimulates the serotonin production, a neurotransmitter responsible for generating the well-being and pleasure feelings.

Pumpkin Seeds – Tryptophan source, a precursor amino acid of serotonin, the hormone linked to the well-being feelings. It helps to combat the depression symptoms.

409Whole/Brown breads, wheat and rice – High in carbohydrates, which helps in the tryptophan absorption and stimulates the serotonin production. It also helps to combat the depression symptoms.

Spinach and broccoli – They are rich in magnesium, phosphate and Vitamins A, C and B-Complex. Both spinach and broccoli help to prevent the depression. They contain potassium and folic acid, important to the cells well function.

Brazil Nut, Nuts and Almonds – They are high in selenium, a powerful antioxidant which helps to improve the depression scenarios.

This article has only an informative purpose and has no intention to replace a professional guidance. The use of vitamins and supplements can offer you great results, but before using any product, we strongly recommend you to visit a Nutritionist, Doctor or another specialist for an analysis and follow-up.

Note: Illustrative photos.

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