The impact of nutrition
A foundational building block for neurological development is nutrition. Certain foods and toxins may stress our bodies. The brain receives these stress messages and can cause individuals to revert back to primitive survival responses potentially leading to anxiety, aggression, depression, autism and ADD/ADHD. If unaddressed, nutrition can limit one’s progress. At Thrive, we review nutritional considerations to support individual goals.
Fives ways nutrition can help support the nervous system
1. Increase anti-inflammatory foods – Fruits, vegetables and berries are critical for controlling inflammation within our system. Recommendations continue to grow, yet currently one needs to incorporate 9 – 13 daily servings of fruits, vegetables and berries. With the pace of life and resistance from picky eaters, this can be a challenge to maintain. We recommend Juice Plus, a medically documented source of whole food based nutrition. It bridges the fruit and vegetable consumption gap with nutrient dense chews or capsules that deliver powerful antioxidants to protect cells from free radicals and the potential side effects of chronic systemic inflammation.
2. Incorporate Omegas – Healthy omega fatty acids curb inflammation and are the building blocks of the nervous system. The body doesn’t produce them so we must get enough through diet by eating foods such as eggs, walnuts, avocado and salmon. Since so many people remain deficient, we recommend the Juice Plus Omega Blend for full spectrum, plant-based omegas. And they are completely vegan too!
3. Eliminate pro-inflammatory foods – Other categories of foods known to cause inflammation are dairy and foods containing gluten. Some individuals are sensitive to these foods, which may cause chronic systemic inflammation.
4. Eliminate food dyes, preservatives and additives – There is growing research to support how toxic these chemicals are to our neurological system. Many are banned in Europe but still used in the United States. We can’t always be perfect but should understand these can act as neurotoxins and impede certain brain functions for up to 12 hours.
5. Grow your own food – Using a vertical aeroponic and hydroponic growing system at home, you can get plenty of nutrient-rich food in your diet year-round, without soil. Garden fresh foods are no longer constrained by space and seasons. The Tower Garden continually provides bountiful harvests with only water and nutrients. No weeding!